Listen: 

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

While there has been much research to determine if people are actually born gay, there has been no credible, undeniable evidence that people are actually born that way.  If you research studies that have been made, you’ll find that most will come to the conclusion that best describes their own thoughts or morality.  Some will say that there is a so-called ‘gay gene’ that will determine a person’s sexuality.  Others say that being gay is a sin, so people are not born with that tendency.  There are reputable studies to support both of these thoughts, so, at best; we have to admit that this is still inconclusive.

One thing is certain: we are all born with a desire to sin.  We all have a sinful nature.  King David wrote in Psalm 51:5, “Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me.”  We are not held accountable for having a sinful nature, but we are held accountable for what we do with this sinful nature.  One day, there will be a great judgment of all sinful people.  This is what is usually known as the Great White Throne judgment.  Revelation 20:12-13 tells us, “And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.”  Notice that these people are not judged according to their inclinations, but according to the things they did…their works.

Is it possible that some people are born gay?  I suppose it is, but if we say that, can’t we also say that some people are born alcoholics; some are born with an attraction to young children; some are born with a desire to kill?  Some may be offended that I have lumped all these types of people into a common lump, but all these conditions have been reported as having been genetic in some people.  The point I’m trying to make is that it really doesn’t matter is someone is born gay; what matters is how a person would handle the desire to be with someone of the same sex.  After all, we’re all born with a desire to sin, but we have to learn to overcome the temptation to sin.  Even as believers on the Lord Jesus Christ, we still struggle with the desire to sin and have to rely upon the Lord to give us His strength to overcome the urge to sin.

In our society today, homosexuality is quickly being accepted and applauded by a great majority of the people.  However, right and wrong has never been determined by majority vote.  If society determined that fornication was acceptable; or that lying was okay; or that stealing was an acceptable means of survival, those things would still be wrong.  They would still be sin.  I’m sure we can all think of things that were considered wrong or illegal years ago, but are now permitted and accepted as normal.  Even the fornicator today has been diagnosed as suffering as a sex addict.  Is the world becoming a better place, or is the world getting farther away from the Lord?  We, as believers on the Lord Jesus Christ, must use the Word of God to determine what is right and wrong.  We cannot afford to accept society’s view of morality.  Society’s concept of what is right and wrong is constantly changing.  The Lord and His truths never change as we read in Malachi 3:6 which says, “For I am the LORD, I change not…”

Is there power in the Lord to overcome the urge to give in to our sinful desires?  Absolutely!  Let’s read 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, “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. And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.”  “Such were some of you.”  When we trust in the Lord Jesus Christ as our savior; when we are washed and are sanctified, we are able to overcome these temptations to sin.  The drunkard can cease from his drinking.  The fornicator can control his urges.  The thief can stop stealing.  The homosexual can overcome his sinful desires, even if he or she was born with this desire.