QUESTION: What is God’s view of homosexuality? Hasn’t research shown that homosexuality is a genetic predisposition and that as people cannot choose to be a certain race orgender, so also they cannot choose their sexual predisposition?
ANSWER: God’s view on all things can only be derived from His Word. There are no new revelations or inspired prophets of our time to alter what His Word has revealed – even when it is not very politically correct or culturally popular.
God’s view is that the practice of homosexuality is sinful and contrary to His will. God’s Word speaks both directly to it and also by inference. Review of the following passages collectively (not in any particular order) demonstrates that point:
Leviticus 18:22; 20:13
1 Corinthians 5:1; 6:9-18
It appears, however, you believe that because of a genetic predisposition there is no culpability for homosexuality. As a point of accuracy, it remains an unproven theory that there is a genetic link for homosexuality. For this discussion, the nature of homosexuality – whether it is a choice or it is a predisposition – is irrelevant. It is the act, not the orientation, that is sinful. In fact, there are a number of theories that other sins
may be genetically linked (i.e., alcoholism, kleptomania, perversion, etc.).
Scripture does not deal with the biology of presumed genetic links. What Scripture does say, however, is that our nature is sinful. In a sense, one could argue that all of sin is genetically predisposed. Since Adam and Eve’s fall into sin every person’s mind is hostile to God (Genesis 6:5; Romans 3:10; 8:7). From God’s perspective it is a non-issue whether or not sins are genetically predisposed. Sins are sin, and even one of them can endanger the soul forever (James 2:10)!
Sins of homosexuality do not become “acceptable sins,” even if they are rooted in a genetic predisposition. Sins of homosexuality are also no worse sins than any of the other sins all of us commit. All sins are a violation of God’s Word. A willful practice of any sinning, absent of genuine
remorse and repentance, endangers the soul eternally.
Because all sin endangers the soul eternally, our primary concern for those wrestling with any sin, including the sin of homosexuality, is for the soul. We would condemn acts of harshness and bullying against those wrestling with the sin of homosexuality or any sin. Rather, out of concern for the soul and love for the sinner, we seek to correct, rebuke and encourage with great patience and careful instruction (2 Timothy 4:2). It was also for the sin of homosexuality that Christ died. Our actions in this matter should always reflect His love with a commitment to speak the truth clearly and handle the soul carefully.
More Sexuality Articles
Q&A on Homosexuality
QUESTION: What is God’s view of homosexuality? Hasn’t research shown that homosexuality is a genetic predisposition and that as people cannot choose to be a certain race...
August 28th, 2015
Tell the Truth
Why Are We Here? Christian Life Resources (CLR) was never a ministry about convincing pro-life people to be pro-life. Though we serve all people, we are doctrinally aligned with...
August 19th, 2015
Homosexuality and Same-Sex Marriage Timeline
1890s The medical profession introduces the word "homosexual" into the English language. 1961 Illinois repeals its sodomy laws making it the first state in the U.S. to decriminalize...
June 26th, 2015
Born This Way!
Adapted from Pastor Fleischmann's blog (www.RobertFleischmann.com) from August 27, 2013: It is becoming a common mantra among those who cite sexual preferences outside of the norm....
November 14th, 2013
The Manhattan Declaration
The Manhattan Declartion was released in the fall of 2009. It can be found at: manhattandeclaration.org What Is It? The document focuses on life, marriage and religious liberty. Sanctity...
June 12th, 2013
Defending Traditional Marriage Is an Act of Love
[The following is an adaptation of a bulletin insert created by Christian Life Resources for use by congregations everywhere. The insert can be downloaded here.] A child, however,...
December 5th, 2012
Listing of Same-Sex Unions in the U.S.
States with Legalized Same-Sex MarriageConnecticut, District of Columbia, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, VermontStates with Legalized Civil Unions or Domestic PartnershipsCalifornia,...
March 3rd, 2010
Things to Consider
Deadline for Thrivent Choice Dollar Designations Is MARCH 31
The Thrivent Financial Choice Dollars program allows members to choose where some of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans’ charitable outreach funds go by directing Choice Dollars....