What if we are proven wrong on this issue?
by Sandy Simpson, 7/5/16
What issue am I talking about?† Most Bible scholars today teach that God does not create homosexuals, that there cannot be a correlation between genetics and homosexuality and that it is clearly only a choice of lifestyle. I have believed for many years that they are only partly correct.† Although it is true that God did not create certain people to be homosexuals and lesbians and that lifestyle is a choice, I also believe it will be found after more testing that there IS a genetic predisposition to homosexuality.† What if homosexuality is proven at a later time to have a foundation in the genetic makeup of a person? Does that make God responsible for creating homosexuality?
Letís take a step back for a moment.† I believe that every behavior is partly tied to genetics.† If your parents were musicians then there is a higher chance you will have musical abilities.† If they were prone to quick anger, you will likely be as well. These traits are due to genetics and social factors.† This goes for more serious behavior such as being a murderer, a kleptomaniac, a sex addict, etc.† But you cannot lay genetic predispositions on God.
When Adam and Eve sinned against God human sin nature was born as well as inevitable death.† From that time on the genetic code began to degrade from perfection.† Like a wind-up watch that has just been wound it began a process of entropy.† As people had children they continued mixing their DNA as DNA was continuing to decay.† We see a clear indication of the devolution of nature through the eyewitness accounts of the ages of men through time.† Before the flood it was common for men to live 900+ years.† But after the flood when the water mantle over the earth was removed and the radiation of the sun began to work on human beings, mutations in genes became ever more prevalent and peopleís ages began to decline.† This is also why, after a certain point, interbreeding with close relatives was understood to be counterproductive. Even though they did not understand about genes, they did see that marrying outside of families actually produced stronger children.† Genetic mutations as a result of marrying outside of family were less likely to match and certain diseases were more easily avoided. Nonetheless, genetic errors were introduced more and more as time went by.† This was one cause of genetic predispositions.†
But it is not the only one.† Murder, homosexuality and other sins have been around since the beginning.† But the proclivity in individuals toward certain sins was not Godís design.† After men sinned God allowed what He had set in motion in the genetic codes to go on automatic (so to speak), which meant that it would eventually degrade and devolve.† This is why God will eventually have to wipe the earth out with fire and create a new heaven and earth where perfection will reign.† Godís plans have not been thwarted by the enemy and sins of the human race, but instead He is in the process of saving people and changing them, and ultimately taking them to the perfection of Paradise.† This is all part of His redemptive plan that we will only understand fully at the resurrection when we see Him face to face (1 Cor. 13:12).
The point is that even though all of us have genetic predispositions, it is up to us whether or not to give in to them or fight them.† If we have a predisposition to anger we have to fight that in order to please God and get along with men.† But we cannot fight it alone.† God will help us through Jesus Christ if we believe and accept the Gospel message and go on to live a life of obedience to God.† But we do need to fight it because anger is part of our sinful nature.† We donít just run with our sinful nature.† There are things that are wrong that need to be taken to the cross once for all and daily.
God does not make gay people. Like everything else human, there is a genetic predisposing to certain sinful ways such as homosexuality. But it is ultimately a choice. If you are born of parents who have a critical nature, for instance, and you donít want to be like that you have to make a decision not to be that way. Of course you cannot ultimately fulfill that decision without the help of God, and that can only come as a born again Christian. But donít blame God for making you gay. You choose whether or not you are gay though you may have a genetic proclivity in that area. It is like every other decision in life. You choose whether or not to smoke, to drink alcohol, to take drugs, to practice sexual perversion, to be a thief or to be a murderer. You may have a genetic predisposition to do things that are sinful and harmful to yourself and others, but it is still a choice. Homosexuality is ultimately a choice and God calls it sin (1 Cor. 6:9, Jude 1:7) therefore if you want to follow God you must make the choice God expects. He is the Creator and He sets the rules.† To blame God for the sin of choosing homosexuality or lesbianism or any other sexual perversion is to oppose God. Homosexuals as well as any sinner are under the judgment of God, therefore they cannot be included in the Church (Rom. 1:26-32) until they repent and are saved. In the history of the Church, not even the apostate Roman Catholic Church married men to men or women to women. Those under Godís judgment living lifestyle sins are not living in accord with biblical Christianity. They are living contrary to it. Homosexual marriage may be indeed blessed by the state but any Biblical church cannot and must not bless it. The very first thing a lesbian would need to do is stop practicing lesbianism in order to follow Christ. If they have not then they are not saved because they have not recognized the practiced sin they are living. You cannot live in sin and claim to be saved.
1 John 5:18 We know that anyone born of God does not continue to sin; the one who was born of God keeps him safe, and the evil one cannot harm him.
1 John 3:4 Everyone who practices sin also practices lawlessness; and sin is lawlessness.
Those who continue to live in sin, practice a lifestyle of sin, cannot call themselves believers. They have not been saved out of lawlessness.
Sin is always a choice based on our sin nature (Rom. 7:18 & 25).† We cannot blame our sin nature on God or Satan.† Adam and Eve made their choice based on going against God and believing the lies of Satan, but neither God nor Satan forced that decision on them or caused them to make the choices they did.† It was their choice that put them under judgment and allowed the introduction of the sin nature into this world.† We also should not give leeway to homosexuals who are living in sin against God, just as we do not give leeway to murderers and others who are living in unrepentant sin.
Revelation 21:8 But for the cowardly and unbelieving and abominable and murderers and immoral persons and sorcerers and idolaters and all liars, their part will be in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.Ē
We as true believers living in obedience to the Lord should have compassion on anyone living in sin, but we must not mistake compassion for acceptance of their sin.† We must let them know the consequences of sin and pray for them.† We need to share the Gospel with them because they can only escape sin through a relationship with Jesus Christ and that can only come as a result of believing and committing to the Gospel message.†