Coming Out Late In Life

A recent CNN article on homosexual behavior “coming out” late in life had the following comments:

Science has not homed in on a single cause for homosexuality, but research has found various genetic associations in males. Studies have found that having older brothers increases a man’s likelihood of being gay, as well as that the arrangement of a mother’s genes could impact whether her son is gay. A study on identical male twins found that if one twin was gay, the other had a 50 percent likelihood of also being gay.

No genetic factors for females have been found, and no environmental associations have been identified for either gender, Kraft said. Still, many experts assert, it’s obvious that sexual orientation is not a choice, if only because no one would choose a lifestyle so highly stigmatized.

Note that “No genetic factors have been found to cause homosexuality, but that sexual orientation is not a choice?” Really?

The article goes on to say:

For someone who has decided to date members of the same gender, there’s a whole process of socialization that has to be learned — a lot of people don’t know how to establish a same-sex relationship, Wyatt said.

“Just like the first date, the first kiss — it’s still a first,” she said. “There is learning that has to take place, and certainly learning in a safe way so that disease does not get transmitted, so that people get tested, all of those things have to come into any kind of relationship today.”

In these two quoted paragraphs, notice the words “learned” and “learning.”

Even professionals who observe the homosexual lifestyle, admit that this type of behavior has to be “learned.”

Before an individual can “learn” a certain lifestyle, he or she must “choose” to learn that lifestyle.

Therefore, homosexuality is a “learned” lifestyle that one “chooses.” And that behavior can be unlearned (see 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, and note the word “were” in verse 11.

These people “were” (past tense) once engaging in these activities (homosexuality being one of them), but are now no longer engaging in them. Rather, they “chose” to be obedient to the saving gospel of Christ by changing their mindset (1 Corinthians 10:5-6), thus rejecting that perverted lifestyle.

These inspired passages tell that homosexuality can be “unlearned.”

What is this telling us as Christians? We must love the homosexual’s soul, but we must not love the homosexual’s lifestyle. Our goal is to persuade these folks to “choose” a godly lifestyle by obeying the saving gospel of Christ, being “washed” in the act of baptism, “washing away our sins” by the Lord’s authority (Acts 22:16; cf. 1 Corinthians 6:11; Hebrews 10:22; 1 Peter 3:21).