Is it possible to be a gay Christian?

Homosexual temptation, like any temptation, is not sin in itself. Sin is giving in to the temptation by participating in the homosexual act or fantasizing about it. In Romans chapter 1, homosexuality is referred to as perversion. Many people believe that they were born homosexual and can do nothing to change it. According to Scripture, every person is born with a sin nature! We each have a propensity toward different types of sin but are called by God to leave our sin nature behind. First Peter 2:11 says, "Dear friends, I urge abstain from sinful desires which war against your soul."

In the beginning, God created man and woman to be together and designed that the two should become one through marriage. Sexual relations are wrong outside of marriage whether you are gay or an engaged heterosexual couple. Homosexual relations are no harder to abstain from than heterosexual relations. The Bible says, "No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it" (1 Cor. 10:13).

Once you decide to abstain and live according to God's will, you will need to get some help so that God can help you. There are Christian support groups, Christian counselors, and pastors that have much experience with this; they would be a great service to you. There is also a national organization that can help you find what is available to you in your area. Contact Exodus International North America, P.O. Box 77652, Seattle, Washington 98177, (206) 784-7799.

In this process, stay in fellowship with other believers in a Gospel-teaching church. God will never leave you to work it out on your own. He will help you through. If you are reading this and you don't know the Lord, He anxiously awaits that moment when you turn to Him. The Bible says, "Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in him name, he gave the right to become children of God" (Jn. 1:12). You only need to pray a simple prayer repenting of your sin and asking Jesus to forgive you and to be Lord in your life. May God bless you as you begin to walk with Him.