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To: billbears
Now, hold on just a minute. Homosexuals can be Christians. The fact that someone (for whatever reason) is afflicted with a disordered desire for same-sex relations does not make them incapable of believing in the saving grace of Christ. One might just as well say that an alcoholic cannot be a Christian because he or she craves booze.

Homosexual desires are not in and of themselves sinful, any more than a drunk's desire for liquor is in an of itself a sin. Sin requires a conscious choice, an act of will. It is only when one chooses to give in to disordered desires and willfully commits acts contrary to the natural law that one alienates his- or herself from God. A homosexual can't help his or her desire for sodomy any more than an alcoholic can stop craving alcohol -- but in both cases it is giving in to that desire that constitutes sin, not the desire itself.

With this in mind, is the the duty of every Christian to treat his or her homosexual fellow-believers with charity and compassion. The best way to do that is by loving them, by being there for them, and by encouraging them to make the right choice and avoid acting upon their disordered desires. An alcoholic can choose to drink his or her or her life away, or choose to assume his or her burden and forego all drink for the sake of the Lord. A homosexual can choose to commit sodomy, or choose to take up his or her own cross and remain celibate for life, joining his or her suffering with that of Christ on Calvary's Cross. In such instances, loving support, encouragement, and prayer can make all the difference in determining the choice the suffering person makes. As Christians, we should encourage those of us who suffer from such disordered desires to "fight the good fight" and bear their crosses bravely. Condemnation, namecalling, and a lack of sympathy will only drive these poor people into the arms of the Enemy. The Lord's judgement of those who through their lack of charity cause their fellow Christians to stumble into Hell will be swift and sure.

Sodomy and drunkenness are both sins. While we should never cease to call these actions sins, we should always recognize that we ourselves are not immune to disordered desires -- for food, for money, for sex -- and are thus in no position to judge the eternal destiny of anyone else.
24 posted on 07/29/2003 7:39:07 PM PDT by B-Chan (Catholic. Monarchist. Texan. Any questions?)
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To: B-Chan
The fact that someone (for whatever reason) is afflicted with a disordered desire for same-sex relations does not make them incapable of believing in the saving grace of Christ.

I agree with you, it doesn't. However if they act on these desires, as it seems the article presents, I can't see how they are saying that they are living in the light of Christ instead of living in sin

26 posted on 07/29/2003 7:55:43 PM PDT by billbears (Deo Vindice)
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