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Since we are born sinners, and since being gay is a sin, would be accurate to assume someone could be born gay? How can we biblically defend against that idea if it is false?

The issue of whether or not someone can be “born gay” has been a hot button topic for several years now. Honestly I don’t know. (That’s not to say I have no opinion, because I do. But I have no ability to make an definitive statement one way or the other.) But quite frankly I think it’s a moot issue, which is to say I don’t think the question really matters. Here’s why:

We are ALL born sinful. Every human being is born with a sin nature that is opposed to God. Homosexual or heterosexual…it doesn’t matter. We are all together under the sentence of death because of sin and desperately in need of forgiveness. (See Psalm 51:5 and Romans 5:12)

So, all people are born with sinful tendencies. I have a ton of them! Homosexuality doesn’t happen to be one of them, but I have plenty of others. But just because I was born with those tendencies I can’t use that as an excuse to indulge in them whenever I want to. Christ came to set me free from my sinful passions.

Since homosexuality is clearly recognized as a sin, (See Romans 1 and 2 Corinthians 6) it really doesn’t matter if someone is born with that tendency or not, any more than it would matter if someone was born with a tendency toward any other sin. It’s all sin, and as Christians, we’re told to crucify the flesh with its sinful passions, and yield instead to the work of the Holy Spirit in our hearts. (Romans 6:6; Galatians 5:17-18)

So, I guess my conclusion is that using the Bible to prove or disprove homosexuality as a condition from birth is really missing the point. As Christians our challenge is to communicate the love to Christ to whomever is willing to listen. Christ died for all sin, and each of us needs to confess our sinful condition and come to the cross for cleansing and freedom. God's promise is that if we confess our sin, He is always faithful to forgive and cleanse us. That promise stands regardless of our sin or past behavior. (See 1 John 1:9)

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