I read an article this week about the pastor of a Georgia “mega church” announcing that he is gay. ( see article here http://www.wsbtv.com/news/25568419/detail.html ) In the article Pastor Jim Swilley stated, “I know a lot of straight people think it is a choice. It is not,”. He went on to say that he has known of his homosexuality since he was a boy. Is it true that homosexuals have no choice in the matter? Are people born gay? Is that really the question we should be asking?
We all know the scripture makes it clear that homosexuality is a sin. (Leviticus 18:22, Romans 1: 24-27) But what of the assertion that homosexuality is a natural condition for some.
The question of nature versus nurture is a moot point. The Bible is clear that we are all slaves to what is known as a SIN NATURE. It is natural for people to sin. (see Genesis 3 and Romans 5 to learn how we inherited this sin nature)
Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in my sinful nature a slave to the law of sin.
Homosexuals may, in reality, be naturally inclined to homosexuality. That does not alter the fact that God views homosexuality as sin and hates it. God by His very nature is holy and can not abide sin.
I realize, that for those who want to remain in their sin, that this will be received with indignation, however, there is a great hope for those who do seek to leave their sin behind.
Since we have established that homosexuality is sin, lets broaden the horizon to include all sin. The Bible teaches that all have sinned and fallen short of Gods perfect standard (Romans 3:23). However, God has made a path for each of us to regain perfection in the eyes of God through Jesus (Romans 5). The Bible teaches that we can become new in the eyes of God. ” 2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” What a wonderful gift!
Shifting gears back to Pastor Swilley, I don’t doubt that he has felt a natural inclination to sin in this way. I personally have had a natural inclination towards alcohol abuse, heterosexual immorality, gluttony, and pride. These are all lifestyle sins and God considers my sin the same as Mr. Swilley. However, God has also called Mr. Swilley, myself , and every one of us to forsake what is natural to us in order to pursue what God has purposed for us.
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
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