Is a person born homosexual?

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God does not create a person with homosexual desires. People become homosexuals because of their own choices (Romans 1:24-27). A person may be born with a greater susceptibility to homosexuality, just as some people are born with a tendency to lying and other sins. But that does not excuse the person’s choosing to sin by giving in to sinful desires. If a person is born with a greater susceptibility to anger/rage, does that make it right for him to give into those desires? Of course not! The same is true with homosexuality.

The Bible tells us that homosexuality is a sin (Genesis 19:1-13). The Lord clearly taught that homosexuals are going against God’s ordained will “Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination” (Leviticus 18:22; 20:13); “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God” (1 Corinthians 6:9, 10).

Romans 1:26-27 teaches that the homosexual is disobeying God. When people continue in sin, God “gives them over” to even more wicked and depraved sin in order to show them hopelessness of life apart from God.

God’s love and forgiveness is just as available to a homosexual as it is to an adulterer and the idol worshiper. Here is the good news that God gives complete victory over sin, including homosexuality, to all those who will believe in Jesus Christ for their salvation (1 Corinthians 6:11); “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17); the homosexual can say “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me” (Philippians 4:13). And nothing shall be impossible to the believer “If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth” (Mark 9:23).

In His service,

BibleAsk Team

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