Saturday, July 4, 2015

Is same-sex attraction a sin?

No.  Same-sex attraction describes the temptation towards choosing the sin of homosexuality.  When homosexual attraction is embraced as an acceptable desire, action, or identity, then it becomes sinful intent.  When same-sex attraction is recognized as leading towards sin, dishonorable passions, and unnatural actions, it can be resisted through the power of a relationship with Christ.  Thus, same-sex attraction is not a sin in itself, but is a temptation that must be resisted.  Accordingly it is often more helpful to refer to people as experiencing same-sex attraction rather than to identify them by the sin of homosexuality.
In a similar way, heterosexual attraction is not sinful in itself.  When heterosexual attraction is embraced as an acceptable desire, action, or identity outside of God’s plan of marriage between one man and one woman for life, it becomes lustful and adulterous sin (Romans 1:24-32, James 1:12-15, and Matthew 5:27-32).