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I Was Born This Way

One of the weasel words employed by homosexual apologists is that for some, same sex attraction is “natural”.  By which is meant that some people are born to be homosexuals; they are wired that way.  To which we respond with a firm affirmation: of course homosexuals are wired to be homosexuals.  For them it is natural.  When they enter into homosexual thought, desires, social patterns, expectations, activity, and even more permanent relationships they are acting naturally, according to their natural inclinations and desires.

That’s precisely what the Apostle Paul means when he says, “The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned.”  The natural person has his natural heart set on things which are opposed to the Spirit of God.

Consider the person who seeks justifies his adulterous lechery as he leers at others by claiming it is natural.  Our Lord, recognizing the depravity that either rules or insinuates itself into every human heart, condemned such desires, their very naturalness notwithstanding:

But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart. (Matthew 5:28)

Woe to him who would retort:  “How dare Christ criticise or condemn the natural desires with which I was born.  I have been wired this way.  It is natural.  It is not just harmful, but positively evil to require me to deny who I am.”

So we have a problem, Houston.  On the Day of Judgement, when we are all arraigned before the Judge of all, we will have the divine Prosecutor condemn all those who have lived according to their natural passions, lusts, and desires.  The Lord will say, “Did I not command you, that if your right eye caused you to sin, tear it out and throw it away.  For it is better that you were to lose one of your members than that your whole body be thrown into hell.  And if your right hand caused you to sin, cut if off and throw it away.  For it is better that you were to lose one of your members than that your whole body go to hell. (Matthew 5: 28-30).

The arraigned will then doubtless say, “But I was born with these desires.  They have been natural to me.  I was only acting in accordance with the way I was made.”  Good luck with that argument.  For it can be (and has been) made in defence of every sin, lust, illicit desire, and evil appetite known to man.  Since David’s lament, “I am evil, born in sin” is common to every converted man, the attempt to justify sin by saying it is “natural”, whilst true, is no defence at all, for if it were to be a valid excuse, nothing at all can be considered evil.  All could be excused on the grounds that it is natural.  Nothing at all can possibly be evil or wrong.  It also means that our Lord’s warnings above would be not just inappropriate, they themselves would be evil utterances.  And that, dear, friends is an utterly blasphemous notion. 

But, thanks be to God for those who are willing to submit to the judgement of God upon their natural desires and seek not just His mercy, but His deliverance from all evil.  The Spirit of God is able to deliver them most powerfully and completely.  At a stroke the guilt is removed; throughout our life upon this earth the power and hold of natural lusts is weakened and attenuated; and upon death, we are removed from the presence of such things entirely. 

The repentant homosexual who by God’s grace has cast himself upon the mercies of Christ and has crucified the flesh and its natural desires passes into glory.  But those who have stubbornly clung to their natural appetites and lusts are cast into Hell. Thus passes the natural man from the earth.  

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