I agree with you on this, but there are some here that would suggest this is impossible for a homosexual. I would gather this thinking is based on the notion that homosexuality is strictly a chosen lifestyle. My suggestion to all is that I believe (most) homosexuals, due to sin in this world, are born with twisted genetics that make attraction to their same sex "normal". It's easy for a heterosexual to make this statement and live by it, but some would say a homosexual cannot make this same statement and live by it. Must a homosexual, upon accepting Christ, immediately shed his/her homosexuality? We give everyone room for growth in most all "sinful" acts when they are new Christians. But to the homosexual whose gender identification problem (I suggest) is not simple a matter of choice, but a difficult matter of choosing something "abnormal" in their skin.Canuckster1127 wrote:I choose to start with the fact that God loves me, wants the best for me and further, I love Him and do not wish to grieve Him or the Holy Spirit and based on my desire to please Him, I'll simply choose to walk in a manner that supports and deepens my relationship with Him.
It is my contention that God IS consistent. All those that practice homosexuality without Christ in their lives are dead in their sin. That's not to say one can openly practice homosexual acts as a Christian just like one cannot openly practice perverted heterosexual acts. These (if they truly are a struggle) are something that only God and time can change. It is my position that all homosexual Christians will not be fully changed into heterosexuals prior to Christ's return. Some will remain in that struggle until their own death and until that moment of the twinkling of an eye when WE ALL WILL BE CHANGED and our genetic sinfulness removed.
I agree whole-heartedly.Canuckster1127 wrote:It's subtle, but believe me, it makes a huge difference. It's the difference between walking in grace confident of God's Love and walking in legalism viewing God as a stern taskmaster who is simply waiting for me to trip up so He can "smite me."
Legalism - You MUST change NOW!
Grace - God changes you.