In my previous post, I spoke to the issue of homosexuality and the fact that it doesn’t matter if gays are born that way, there is still a need to repent and respond to Jesus Christ as He is offered in the gospel (I feel like I have to put that qualifier because so many want to respond to Christ, but not the Christ of the Gospel or of Scripture).
One commentator responded with the following:
Homosexuality is a lot simpler than “Original Sin.” It’s called “genetics” and you can’t pray it away.
On the surface, this sounds extremely plausible and leaves many Christians wondering if anything can be done at all. After all, how can prayer, or the things of faith, alter that which is locked away genetically in the world of science?
Most would just accept someone as gay at this point and give up. The commentator also went so far as to offer up “evidence” for discovery of the infamous gay gene. However, when I looked into this “evidence,” every one of the articles produced had scientist quoted as saying things like, “I think there is evidence…” “It may be,” or “the debate is uncertain…” which shows us that the gay gene is not scientific fact, but cultural speculation and belief. The moment that belief enters the picture is the moment that scientist jump from being scientist to prophets of a new religion.
Now if we accept the premise that people are born gay and cannot change because of genetics, then we must conclude that gay people are doomed and there is no hope of salvation for them in Christ. The reason I say this is because the Apostle Paul makes it clear that gay people will not be allowed into heaven. Listen to his words:
Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals,[a] nor sodomites, 10 nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.
This means that if someone who is gay is not changed by being born again, and made a new creation, then they will not be acceptable to God and allowed into the kingdom of God. What those who believe that gays are gay because of genetics are saying is that there is no real hope for those who are gay. They are doomed and salvation is not possible for them.
This would seem the case as far as Romans 1:18ff are concerned. There Paul shows that the ones who are gay have been given over to their sinful desires as part of God’s wrath. They continued down the path of sin and because they ignored the invisible attributes of God that have been made manifest in creation, He gives them over to an even more debased mind which leads to more sinful depravity. Their homosexuality is a result of them being handed over to their depravity.
The science world, and Gay Movement, want us to believe that their sin is a result of something genetic. This is for the purpose of stating that their behavior is acceptable and that we need to go along with their claims. For true Christians, this is not a possibility. We must continue to show that sin is sin, whether it be from genetics or learned behavior.
Perhaps we all have the gay gene, if there is one, and it only kicks in when God’s grace is removed from us. After all, those of us who are believers readily admit that it is by God’s grace that we are not given over to lustful passions that lead us into adultery, debauchery and homosexuality. It is His hand the keeps us from such sins.
But to say that we must accept gays for who they are, when we do not accept adulterers, thieves, liars, etc., for who they are, is a bit much. Christ did not die on the cross for us to remain in our sins. He died on the cross in order to pay the debt of our sins, then gave us the Holy Spirit so that we would no longer live in the flesh and for the flesh, but live in the Spirit with the Spirit (Romans 8:1-11). In fact, Paul shows us that the same Spirit that indwells us is the same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead. I love what I heard a preacher saying about this recently. He said that if the same Spirit that raised Jesus Christ from the dead is indwelling in us, then we have the same Spirit to help us turn away from our sinful lifestyles and habit. In other words, the very Spirit that had the power to take a dead body, Christ, and bring Him back to life in a renewed and eternal body, is in us, then we can turn away from every sin and be saved from every sin.
This means that there is true hope for the homosexual or lesbian. By trusting in Christ, they are made a new creation and they are freed from the slavery of homosexuality (all sin), and are made slaves of righteousness (Romans 6:6ff). The same Spirit that took One that was dead and brought Him back has the same power to convert the gay man and turn him straight again.
In fact, if a gay man is truly born again, then God’s Spirit is in him and there is no reason for him to continue in the sin that so entrapped him. He has been set free from homosexuality. It is only by his own choice that he would continue in that lifestyle, because that which is abominable is not accepted by God. In other words, if he does continue in the lifestyle, then he is not truly born again.
For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live (Romans 8:13).
The point is that it doesn’t matter whether homosexuality is brought on by genetics, which has yet to be proven, or simply because of sinful hearts, which is what Scripture declares, the gospel has the power to redeem men and women from that lifestyle. The gospel is the power of God unto salvation. Those who claim they are Christians and still gay, are merely lying to themselves about one or the other. But you cannot have it both ways. If you are a Christian, then you have been given the power of God’s Spirit to die to the deeds of the flesh and to live unto His Spirit. If you do not have that power, then you are not saved and still need to come to Christ as He is presented in the gospel.
Scientists may claim the problem is genetic, therefore excusable. But it is not excusable as long as the gospel is present, with the power to rescue men and women from such lifestyles and set them free to serve God. Science may be able to point to the source of the problem, sinful genes. But to say that there is no solution to those sinful genes is outside of their realm of expertise. There is hope and that hope is found in the person and work of Jesus Christ.