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by Rayola Kelley

Q: There is a belief that homosexuality is influenced by the presence of some gene. The latest is that there is a bill in Congress trying to outlaw any preaching against it, qualifying it as a hate crime. What is your view about this issue? 

A:  Regardless of my view or whether the freedom to preach against a practice is outlawed and passed or not, God’s view on man’s conduct or actions does not change with the fickle, self-serving ways, or immoral irresponsibility of men and nations. God’s view of all sin remains the same. It will be judged, and the judgment for it remains unchanged—death or eternal separation from God.

   The normal attempt of man in his unregenerated, sinful state is to cover up, justify away or change the Law of God in regards to any type of sin. Ultimately, such attempts will cause man to go into despair, depression or delusion. However, the reality, results and consequences of sin remain the same according to God’s evaluation.

   Since God is the ultimate judge, all other judgments will be confirmed, nullified or condemned by God. God has already judged sin for what it is. As a result, sin is a fact, and, people who refer to others who dare call sin sin as being hateful, are insane. In fact, to call any sin good falls under the woes pronounced upon those who call evil good, and good evil in Isaiah 5:20. Clearly, God’s attitude about homosexuality remains true, and as His people all we can do is agree with Him and stand on His judgments. And, when you study the inspired and anointed version of the Bible (KJV), God’s evaluation about homosexuality remains consistent—it is an abomination that will cause even the land to spew out the people who dare practice it.

   This brings us to whether homosexuality is inherited, preferred and/or practiced. If this practice is truly inherited, then God is unfair in demanding that man cease in such practices. Although the tendency of man is present to give way to whatever feeds his fleshly lusts, he does not inherit such practices.

   Jesus put it best when He stated that man prefers darkness to the light. The reason for this is because man’s deeds or practices are wicked. This brings us to the reality that even society admits that homosexuality is a preference. In other words, it is preferred to other practices and clearly not inherited. Those who prefer such a practice would like to think it is inherited, and then they do not have to be responsible for their actions. But clearly, it is a preferred practice.

   Since it is a practice, it can be changed. Practices simply represent the habits that exist in our way of thinking about a matter. These habits usually start with experiences that bring us pleasure or some type of association. The problem with these experiences or associations is that they can entangle our affections. Once affections are associated with a certain pleasure or practice, it becomes a desire that will confuse even the natural order of things. Once the person allows his or her desire to define him or her in an area, then a practice can become a preferred way of living.

   Homosexuality is not a matter of some gene being out of order, it is a preferred practice because somewhere along the line these individuals allowed an experience (or confusion due to association based on feelings) to define them, rather than take responsibility for the direction of their affections. This is why Paul told us to set our affections on things above and not on the earth. Once we get control of our affections and direct them heavenward, rather than towards the practices of this present world, Jesus will be the one who defines us. Our preferences will change as His perspective transforms our mind. As our mind is changed about a practice, the habit in how we consider something will be broken and replaced with that which is holy and acceptable.

   This is a quick explanation of this subject. If you would like to know more about how personal preferences work, see my e-book entitled, “Manual for the Single Christian Life.”