Born Which Way?

February 18, 2012 at 4:48 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 10 Comments
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If you claim to be a Christian, how do you answer this question: “Are some people born gay?” Shockingly, more and more professing Christians these days are starting to answer that question in the affirmative. How can this be? Here are some of the foolish reasons that I have heard professing Christians use to support the belief that some people are born to be homosexuals:

1. “I have a gay brother/sister/cousin/parent/child/close friend/loved one/family member, etc., and I know this person really well, and he/she is a good person, and I can promise you, he/she did not ‘CHOOSE’ to be gay.”
2. “Gay people are persecuted and ridiculed and bullied into committing suicide. Why in the world would anyone ‘CHOOSE’ to be gay?!”
3. “People like Ellen and Elton and Rosie and [insert famous gay-celebrity-of-the-week here] are all gay and they are really brave and stand up for what they believe and they give lots of money to good causes and they are very famous and talented, so if they say they – and others – are born gay, they have to be right.”

Now, these statements are indicative of the type of unbiblical, irrational thinking you would expect from non-Christians. But, if you are a Christian, presumably you believe the Bible is right even if it contradicts the opinions of the people you love or the really popular famous people or even your own “common sense” ideas. So, at the risk of sounding like an old-fashioned, draconian fundamentalist, let’s actually look at what the Bible – God’s perfect, inerrant, infallible, inspired Word – has to say about homosexuality and those who practice it:

Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.

Leviticus 18:22

If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.

Leviticus 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,

I Corinthians 6:9, emphasis added

For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.

Romans 1:26-27

Wow. I suppose God could place a stamp on the forehead of every child who comes forth out of his or her mother’s womb that says, “I was not created by God to be a homosexual.” But I don’t think even that would be as clear as the Verses cited above. God considers all human sexual relations – except for those between a male husband and female wife within their own marriage – to be sinful. Sexual relations outside of a real God-recognized marriage are called adultery and fornication. He considers sexual relations between people of the same gender to be sinful abominations. He created marriage and He defined it. There is no such thing as “same-sex marriage.” He hates the sin of homosexuality. God cannot sin. He is not the author of sin. He has never made a human being who can or could legitimately blame God for “making” him or her a homosexual. It’s just that clear.

I am aware that there have been some people recently in the professing Christian church who would try to twist the Scriptures and claim that God is not clear about homosexuality, but you don’t have to “interpret” those Verses to get the point. You just have to read them. Any argument that says that the Bible does not condemn homosexuality is what the theologian R.C. Sproul calls “an exegesis of desperation.” It is disingenuous and it is not rational.

As human beings we have inherited a sinful nature from our forefather, Adam – the first man to sin against God (Romans 5:12). Therefore, we have a predisposition to sin – each and every one of us. So from our first moments of willful consciousness we begin doing things like lying and stealing and being greedy and being disobedient and being selfish. And some people go on to be things like extortioners and kidnappers and child molesters and arsonists and murderers and rapists and practitioners of homosexuality. In that sense only can anyone be said to have been “born gay.”

Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.

Psalm 51:5

We are born with a predisposition to sin, but we “choose” every sin we commit, just like the gay person “chooses” to commit or fantasize about acts of homosexuality. It’s not an “alternative lifestyle.” It’s not a “celebration of diversity.” It’s not a “right.” It’s a choice and it’s a sin. Jesus died on the Cross to pay the penalty for those who commit it and other sins. You can be forgiven for it and set free from it, if you repent and trust in Him, believing the Gospel.

If you are a Christian, you are not doing anyone a favor by “supporting” a gay celebrity or trying to justify the sin of homosexuality. If you love gay people – and all Christians are commanded to love gay people and all sinners – then you must tell the Truth. Lying to sinners about their sin is one of the worst kinds of hatred.

I realize that you may not be used to this type of plain speaking. It probably sounds “intolerant” to you. But if you believe that some people are “born gay,” then you have no logical grounds for being critical of my intolerance. After all, if our genetic make-up is to blame for our sin, then why couldn’t Jeffrey Dahmer have been “born a serial killer?” Why couldn’t Hitler have been “born a mass murderer?” Why couldn’t Bin Laden have been “born a terrorist?” And how do you know that I wasn’t “born intolerant of gay people?” If you’re tempted to excuse or support sin, at least try to be consistent. But if we claim to be Christians, we are far better off getting our opinions from God than from a daytime TV talk-show host.

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  1. As much as I am confident there may be an inborn predisposition to be homosexual, I don’t think that is the important factor when discussing the morality of same-sex sexual relationships.

    Plenty of us (humans) are “born ways” society expects us to suppress. We are all born with tendencies we are expected to “train” out of out dispositions. From childhood, we have to be taught selfishness is wrong and sharing is right. We have to be taught to use our words not our hands. Children from the earliest hit when theyre upset.

    But moving on to adults, people who are born with genetic dispositions to addictions are expected to silence them. Men and women are told they shouldn’t act on every impulse, sexual or otherwise. When we want a certain item, we are expected to pay for it, not steal it. When we are married we are expected to be faithful, not take every opportunity to fulfill our lusts.

    So whether homosexuals are born that way isn’t really even the issue. No one believes we should indulge every impulse, and everyone expects us to suppress many impulses. The question is, which to indulge and which to suppress.

    Keeping in mind, we can’t expect non-believers to act like believers. And understanding the non-believer will not accept the authority of the bible.

  2. “then why couldn’t Jeffrey Dahmer have been “born a serial killer?” Why couldn’t Hitler have been “born a mass murderer?” Why couldn’t Bin Laden have been “born a terrorist?” ”

    There probably were certain things in their genetic makeup that predisposed them to their particularly proclivities, along with certain influences from how they were raised.

    It doesn’t matter, because we hold people responsible for their actions if they harm other people.

    Gay people don’t, in general, harm other people by being gay.

  3. John: Thank you for reading and commenting. I agree with you for the most part. The Bible teaches that everyone is born a sinner. I do not know of any Bible verses that rule out the possibility that some people are more strongly tempted by the sin of homosexual sexual relations than others – or that some people experience some traumatic incident in their lives which causes them to be more susceptible to that sin. But the subtle – and sometimes not-so-subtle – insinuation when someone claims to be “born gay” is that God is the One Who is responsible for their sin (even when they’re not admitting it’s sin). The post addresses Christians, who ought to know better than to defend that position when – for the unbeliever – it certainly is an “issue” (even if that “issue” is in reality only a deceitful “excuse.”) I wouldn’t expect a non-believer to act like a believer, but I also would not expect believers to fail to defend the authority of the Bible. The Christian’s love for an unbeliever – including the “homosexual” unbeliever – must not be divorced from Truth. God wants His Word proclaimed even where it’s authority is not accepted.

  4. Dear NotAScientist: Thanks for taking the time to read and comment. I agree that there might be things in our genetic makeup that cause different people to be more strongly tempted toward some types of sin. I also agree that influences in our upbringing lead us to be more tempted by certain types of sin. But that does not mean that “it does not matter.” It matters immensely. When you say “we hold people responsible for their actions,” I assume you mean “we” as a society or perhaps our government, but that is not completely accurate. One glaring example is the people who are not held responsible when they harm a child in the womb and call it legalized abortion. Society is doing a terrible job at holding those folks responsible for their actions. I think your point is that a person who commits consensual homosexual sex acts is not harming others to the same degree as my other examples: Hitler, Dahmer, etc. And that is true. But the point is: the practicing homosexual and the mass murderer are both sinning against GOD. They are accountable before HIM for their sin, whether or not society chooses to hold them responsible. I don’t know if you are a Christian or not, but I am. As a Christian, I have a responsibility to tell people that they – not God – are at fault for their sin, and they will be judged by Him for it, so they need a Savior, which He has provided in the Lord Jesus Christ. See Romans Chapters 1 – 3.

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