People try to find all kinds of ways to justify homosexuality. They are also trying to change the definition of what a homosexual is.
One way homosexual defenders try to excuse it is by asking “What if someone is a homosexual but does not act upon it?”
If they are a homosexual it is because their heart is wicked whether they act on it or not. All sexual sin as well as all sin is a heart issue.
Mark 7:21-23-For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: all these evil things come from within, and defile the man.
The problem is not physical, genetic, hormonal, or DNA. It is a heart problem.
Certainly if it is a damnable sin for someone to lust after someone of the opposite sex then of course it is a damnable sin for someone to lust after the same sex.
Matthew 5:27-30-Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: but I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart. And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell. And if thy right hand offend thee cut it off and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.
Looking upon another with lust in the eyes of God is the same as committing adultery and the Bible is clear that no adulterer will enter into the kingdom of heaven (1 Corinthians 6:9-11, Galatians 5:19-21).
All sex outside of marriage which God ordained to be between one man and one woman (Matthew 19:4-6, Mark 10:6-8) is fornication and fornicators will not inherit the kingdom of heaven (1 Corinthians 6:9-11, Galatians 5:19-21, Ephesians 5:5).
Jesus said your lustful eye and sinning hand will get you cast into hell fire. One sin caused Adam to be kicked out of the garden. One sin caused the angels to be kicked out of heaven. When Jesus Christ was made a sin offering on the cross of Calvary for the sin of the world God the Father turned away from His own Son who had never sinned.
Habakkuk 1:13-Thou art of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity.
According to Jesus a lustful eye whether for opposite sex or same sex and a sinning hand will cause someone to be sent to hell. Jesus is so serious about this He said it is better to pluck out a sinning eye and cut off a sinning hand than to end up in hell.
However according to the scriptures (Matthew 5:27-30, Matthew 15:19-20, Mark 7:21-23) you can pull the eye out, cut the hand off but the real problem is the heart. It must be changed.
This is what it means to repent and be born again. To have a change of heart, a change of mind, a change of will, a change of ultimate intention, a change of lifestyle. Turning to Jesus means turning your back on your sin (Mark 1:15, Acts 20:21, Hebrews 6:1). You cannot turn to Jesus without turning your back on your sin.
If you are going to be a follower of Jesus Christ you must deny yourself, take up your cross daily and follow Him (Luke 9:23, Matthew 16:24). You must die to your desires. The alcoholic must deny himself his lust of alcohol. The pervert must deny himself his lust of pornography. The drug addict must deny himself his lust for drugs. The fornicator must deny himself his lust of fornication. And yes homosexuals included must deny themselves their lust for the same sex.
God calls homosexuality vile, unnatural, unseemly and reprobate (Romans 1:26-28).
It is not natural, it is vile and it is reprobate.
To become a homosexual one must first resist the truth of God (Romans 1:18), of creation (Romans 1:20), change the image of God (Romans 1:23), be given over to lust (Romans 1:24), and change the truth of God into a lie and worship and serve the creature rather than the creator (Romans 1:25).
While we must always have compassion on anyone in sin we must never be manipulated into allowing them to talk us into somehow excusing them from their perversion when they have committed all of the above to end up where they are now.
Romans 1:26-28-For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;
The heart must be purified and changed.
Faith that saves purifies the heart.
Acts 15:9-And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.
A purified heart will result in a purified lifestyle.
2 Corinthians 5:17-Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold all things are become new.
If your heart has been purified you will no longer be lusting after people of the opposite sex or the same sex. If someone is still lusting after people of the opposite sex or the same sex then they have not repented. They have not been born again. They have not been made a new creature. Their hearts have not been purified by faith.
To be delivered from any sin you must first admit that indeed it is a sin against God. Believing you are born that way or that you are not responsible for the thoughts of your heart will never cause you to be set free.
Second you must admit you deserve hell for your sin and God is totally just in sending you to hell.
If you do not believe you deserve hell for your sin and God is just for sending you there then you have no fear of God (Matthew 10:28).
Without the fear of God you cannot hate your sin and depart from it (Proverbs 8:13, Proverbs 14:27, Proverbs 16:6, 2 Corinthians 7:1).
Most people claim to hate the sin when they really don’t. They only hate the consequences of their sin. That is worldly sorrow that leads to hell and not the godly sorrow that works repentance to salvation (2 Corinthians 7:10).
No salvation without repentance. No repentance without godly sorrow which involves feeling bad about your sin against God.
Third you must have faith that the Lord Jesus Christ can set you free from the bondage of your sin (John 8:32-36, Romans 6:18, Romans 6:22, Romans 8:2).
You must believe that the Lord Jesus Christ can deliver you from the power of sin as well as forgive you for the penalty of your sin (Matthew 1:21, John 1:29, Acts 3:26, Galatians 1:4, Titus 2:14).
You must believe He can purify your heart and make you a new creature.
You must repent or forsake all your sin (Luke 13:3,5, Acts 2:38, Acts 3:19, Luke 24:47, Mark 1:15). There is no forgiveness without repentance. Repentance is not just confessing sin but forsaking sin (Proverbs 28:13). No mercy from God without forsaking your sin.
Calling on the Lord Jesus Christ to save you from your sin (Romans 10:13). Forget about silly quick little prayer formulas. Get on your face and allow the Spirit of God to thoroughly deal with your heart and search you through and through. Cry out to God from your heart to save you, deliver you, cleanse you, wash you and purify you. He is a rewarder of those that diligently seek Him.