Are some born gay?

Published on June 20, 2014

To the Editor,

One of the three main arguments used to promote the homosexual lifestyle is the “inborn” theory, which says, I was born this way, therefore it is normal and must be God ordained.

And if this were so, that would settle the argument. The homosexual movement could be viewed as race or gender, putting homosexuals in the same minority status as African Americans or women, therefore beyond anyone’s control and therefore perfectly legitimate.

Linking “gay” rights to “civil” rights, grants to homosexuals the nobility of being an oppressed, yet determined class struggling for dignity and fair treatment. It also portrays anyone who dares to disagree with the homosexual movement as being in the same oppressive class as those who opposed civil rights.

And it is here that the gay-rights proponents quote any number of scientific studies which they say, supports their beliefs. But is this really so? Do all the scientific experts agree on this matter. The correct answer is no, definitely not.

Granted there has been and still are many studies being done on this subject from many different views and angles. And yet there is still no clear concise agreement in these matters.

Some studies prove for, some against, some of the earlier studies were dismissed by some of the later and more through studies, with some studies contradicting each other.

Those within the homosexual movement site their attraction to those of the same sex as proof of their ‘inborn’ tendencies. However, most Bible believing Christians view the homosexual-attraction as one of the many manifestations of mans “fallen nature” and homosexual ‘behaviour’ as a deliberate and immoral response to such an attraction.

This is one of the foundational beliefs of Christianity, that mankind is ‘born in sin’ or ‘imperfect’ from birth, therefore needs a saviour and hence the cross and so on.

To say a person is tempted in a certain area, doesn’t say anything other than to say he’s human and therefore a sinner, and therefore prone to temptation.

The Bible has much to say in these matters. I realize we don’t get to choose what we’re tempted by, although we can open the door to certain thoughts if we so choose, but we do get to choose what our response will be to that temptation and therefore are culpable (deserving blame) for our actions.

Another reason for questioning the ‘inborn’ theory is the fact that many who live the homosexual lifestyle leave this and go back to the heterosexual lifestyle, or go back ‘into the closet’, so to speak.

How does this happen? Does the inborn theory turn off and on over one’s lifetime, or could this actually be more of a ‘preference’ than an ‘inborn trait?’ Do people go back into the closet only to find that it wasn’t a closet in the first place?

And from a biblical perspective, the homosexual lifestyle will find no encouragement from the pages of Holy Scripture, as it is always spoken of in a negative sense.

I must add that in no way do I condone the hard and judgmental attitude of some in certain Christian circles. There is a right and proper way of standing for truth without deliberately hurting someone. This way of thinking generates a lot of heat but very little light and should have no place in the new testament church, for the Bible says that “God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16

 

Phil Gilbert, Maccan