And for any Christian to say they don't know whether God views homosexual relations as sinful - well, it's hard to wrap my head around that. They either don't know Scripture or they do know it and don't believe it. Jesus confirmed what, in fact, is Scripture. And, throughout Scripture, we see the assertion from the prophets and the apostles that Scripture is no a matter of human creative writing, but is God-breathed. So, one either believes it or not. And IF God condemns unrepentant, ongoing homosexual activity as a noted sin, then the LEAST loving thing we as Christians can do is to assert it is natural. Well, actually, it IS natural, in that we all have a sin nature and sin feels absolutely natural to us!
Mel: ...is being homosexual wrong? I don't know.
Do you not KNOW or do you just not agree with what Scripture says about it - as it is anything but ambiguous on the subject!
Mel: I honestly do not know. I have my background telling me yes. And I have my life experience telling me otherwise.
Which is a TERRIBLE way to determine the truth of this issue. One should never try to determine Scriptural truth based upon their personal experiences.
Mel: In my walk, I have had the unique and beautiful experience of having such an eclectic bunch of gorgeous people cross my path, in contrast to a very grounded, religious experience.
All manner of people we love and like, respect in many ways, are on their way to Hell - that is what the Gospel prolifically preaches. Of course, many don't want to believe this. So they cherry-pick Scripture.
Mel: The whole notion that it's okay to be gay...
And right there, we see an unScriptural assumption, that GOD created people to "BE" a way He also called sinful. But once someone buys into this false belief, I can see how it drives a lot of their false assumptions surrounding this topic.
Mel: ...but not have gay sex is just as realistic as being heterosexual but never having actual sex
What a crock of unrealistic bullcrap
Um, actually, it is homosexual ACTIONS that are sinful, and not merely the temptations of a sin nature. Am I not naturally attracted to all manner of sexy women I see. Would I want to sexually pursue them? What male hasn't entertained the thought - and many of them Christians. But we are not apes or wild dogs. We do not have to act upon our temptations, although they are natural to our (sin) nature, and thus ARE a natural desire. Of course, this is true of any sinful desires and temptations a person has. Just because we have them, we don't HAVE to act upon their temptations.
Of course, we're getting a bit ADD upon the topic of the thread - might need to split it.