Eliane B (16 Aug 2011)
"Sexual preference and holiness"


In response to http://www.fivedoves.com/letters/aug2011/ksrajan815-1.htm


All true believers in their/our lives fight against some kind of fleshly temptation and deal with a tendency to sin in one way or another. None of us gets to be completely holy before our final redemption (transformation of our body to incorruptibleness and immortality).


Some of us might have adulterous desires (or even actual adulterous practices), others might live in fornication (moving from partner to partner before or outside marriage), others might have a lust for teenagers or even have pedophile inclination, and other have a sexual desire for people of the same gender.  Others might have the blessing of a relatively happy marriage but be addicted to pornography, for example. Others might not have any of those tendencies but struggle with other challenges that might not be of sexual nature, like greediness, covetousness, idolatry, gossip or telling lies, for example.


All of us have been called to holiness and we all must turn from sin and ask Jesus to forgive us and to help us overcome our flesh. All types of sexual immorality are seen as grievous sins in the sight of God. The position of the human law has absolutely no interference in how our Creator views sin and its effects. So it doesn’t matter if some country’s law allows or even stimulates actions that the Bible considers inappropriate and not pleasing to God.


Here is a link about what the Word of God says about same sex marriage: http://www.christiananswers.net/q-eden/edn-f018.html


It’s in prayer and love that I write these lines. Some readers here might struggle against some sin that they have a lot of difficulty fleeing from and have become enslaved to. But one thing is to struggle and acknowledge what is wrong. Another thing is to consider a sin something normal and harmless. We should not celebrate sin or deny that something is a sin when the Bible plainly says that it is, like many other sins that people prefer to ignore (like adultery, fornication and pornography, realities that unfortunately have infiltrated the Church). No wonders that many prayers don’t get any higher than the ceiling.


I pray that all here in this forum that have difficulties overcoming any kind of sin and that acknowledge that sin is not right in the sight of God, that we all repent and are given power to fight against carnality, so that we become true overcomers, regardless of our sexual inclinations.


Notice Paul's testimony concerning the very real possibility of deliverance of any immoral behavior:


Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, …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.

—I Corinthians 6:9-11 (KJV)


When there is true repentance and sin is forsaken, then such a person should be lovingly received into the fellowship of believers, like any other repentant and believing sinner. This is the example given in the case of the incestuous Corinthian:


Sufficient to such a man is this punishment, which was inflicted of many. So that contrariwise ye ought rather to forgive him, and comfort him, lest perhaps such a one should be swallowed up with overmuch sorrow. Wherefore I beseech you that you would confirm your love toward him.

—II Corinthians 2:6-8 (KJV)


Do homosexuals need to become heterosexuals? No! Scripture never states nor implies all people must be heterosexual; it does say explicitly, however, that we are to avoid all forms of sexual immorality, which includes (but isn’t limited to) homosexual practices. True believers should not persist in sin.


I pray that this forum continues to be a place that we all seek for repentance, forgiveness and holiness.


When we really know Jesus, we have a life-changing experience. Jesus said in Luke:


Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord’ and do not do what I say?


Someone once put it this way: “No Jesus, no change. Know Jesus, know change.”


If we try to overcome our sinful tendencies, that's a good sign that Christ is working in our life.


God is the only one who truly knows our hearts. But if Christ has become our Lord, then the Holy Spirit will begin to deal with the sin of immorality (or any other sin) in our lives.


If you don’t agree with me, I really don’t want to start a thread or do anything else to convince anyone that sexual immorality is a sin. I just wanted to remind what Word of God says, for our own benefit. The Lord is coming, friends. Let’s pray according to Luke 21:34-36:


"And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth. Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man."


In Christ,