I disagree. The arguments have been made from Scripture, but because
there does not exist the blanket condemnation some folks would prefer to
see, "Hear me, the Lord your God. Acting upon your homosexual
inclinations is always and everywhere sinful. Don't do it, ever." some
folks insist the case is not a clear one. Neither, however, is
homosexuality ever held up as laudable or even marginally acceptable. In
fact, any sexual activity outside of heterosexual marital monogamy seems
to bring rather nasty consequences with it, even if it is not explicitly
condemned, the effect would seem to condemn the practice. But let's
bracket the case from Scripture for a moment and look at the case from
Premise 1: God condemns inherently dangerous sexual practices as sinful.
(this seems to be the weak point in the argument because I am still
working on the wording, but I would respond to those who question this
premise with a question of my own: Do you really want to contend that
God is such a being that He does not condemn inherently dangerous sexual
Premise 2: Sodomy is an inherently dangerous sexual practice.
Conclusion: Therefore, God condemns sodomy as sinful.
It's simple and I don't think anyone needs clinical explanations of bowel
physiology to understand the health risks. Frankly, if it weren't for
the fantastic scale of promiscuity in the homosexual subculture, HIV
infection rates would never have been more than a blip on the public
health radar in this country and we wouldn't have a constellation of
health problems known collectively as "gay bowel syndrome". Take it
several steps further, if we had an entire generation who practiced
lifetime heterosexual monogamy or celibacy, an entire class of diseases
would be wiped out in the space of that one generation.
Of course it is heartbreaking to be faced with a lifetime unable to
express sexual intimacy with someone you love deeply. No serious person
arguing for the sinfulness of homosexual activity fails to recognize the
deep hurts. But the fact is that God can and does heal people of such
P.S. I've not seen literature from Exodus claiming homosexual
orientation is a "choice". All of the literature I have seen recognizes
that it is much more complex than that.
I did argue that since it is NOT a "chosen" orientation,
> that seems to be fairly well established now with he probably
> exception of
> the Exodus people, that arguments for "rehab" and "you can refrain
> from the
> behavior" are only valid if one can show that the activity , itself,
> sinful in God's eyes. And to do this one needs to argue from the
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