Homosexuality was listed as a disorder in the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) of the APA until l973 when it was declassified as a mental disorder. This declassification was totally due to political pressure and not scientific research.
So, as far as I am concerned, homosexuality is a disorder akin to alcoholism, an eating disorder, OCD, etc. Until proven (scientifically) otherwise.
So in that sense it is treatable, but just like any disorder the person has to want to change.
I am saddened by the rhetoric sometimes on this board. I don’t see the point in calling people who have a disorder “sinners”... we all sin and fall short of the glory of God. If someone has an eating disorder, they are sinning when they eat too much (gluttony), but so what? If someone is a homosexual, so what?
The issue is not with homosexuality and the homosexual, the issue is that our society seems to REVERE it now. And in that reverence is going so far as to pass laws to the detriment of society. Homosexual marriage means the State is legislating that children be denied either a mother or a father. Legislating it.
My point is that MB seems to have a heart to want to help people who want to be healed from the disorder called homosexuality. Good for her. We can’t allow the media to excoriate her for doing so. But we also can’t keep up the name calling and rejection of people who are homosexuals. It’s pointless and damaging to us and them.
“I dont see the point in calling people who have a disorder sinners.”
I disagree, Reddy, I don’t think it is helpful to call sinful inclinations or behaviors “disorders.” That isn’t what God calls them.
I think it is actually more helpful to those involved in one sin or a another to have it properly labelled. Calling it a “disorder” absolves you of personal responsibility. Calling it what it is - a sin - calls you to repentance.
I do agree hatred is not necessary. But it is not loving to talk about a man’s sin as though it is epilepsy.
You go to hell for indulging in sexual sin. You don’t go to hell for have eczema.
There is a difference between a sin and a disorder.