Category Archives: Genesis

Are People Born Gay?

The following post is the 2nd of a 5 part series of posts on “Frequently Asked Questions About Homosexuality?” In this 2nd post I will be answering the question “Are People Born Gay?” If you would like to see the other questions addressed in this series of posts, then just click the links below:

Pt. 1 – Is Homosexuality A Sin?

Pt. 3 – Is Homosexuality Worse Than Other Sins?

Pt. 4 – Can Someone Be A Homosexual Christian?

Pt. 5 – How Did Jesus Treat People With Sexual Sin?

I originally wrote the content of these posts when I was asked to address these questions at a summer youth camp. The intended purpose of these posts are to help Christians who already have a firm conviction about the authority of Scripture. I want them to better understand what the Bible teaches about homosexuality. So my hope is that these truths will help instruct Christians who want to share the gospel with the homosexuals they know.

Are People Born Gay?

I think it is possible, but if we are talking here about how to share the gospel with homosexuals, then I do not think this question is that important.

Are not all people born into sin? Doesn’t the bible say that we have all been born slaves to sin?

Psalm 51:5

Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me.

Romans 6:6

We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin.

Ephesians 2:5

even when we were dead in our trespasses,

If we are all born sinners, then we should not be surprised to hear that some people have sinful sexual orientations from birth. In a fallen world it seems probable to me that there could be some people who even have biological reasons that would help explain why they desire people of the same-sex. However, just because we have a desire from birth never means that we should automatically assume that it is a good desire that we should fulfill.

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Is Homosexuality A Sin?

The following post is the 1st of a 5 part series of posts on “Frequently Asked Questions About Homosexuality?” In this 1st post I will be answering the question “Is Homosexuality A Sin?” If you would like to see the other questions addressed in this series of posts, then just click the links below:

Pt. 2 – Are People Born Gay?

Pt. 3 – Is Homosexuality Worse Than Other Sins?

Pt. 4 – Can Someone Be A Homosexual Christian?

Pt. 5 – How Did Jesus Treat People With Sexual Sin?

I originally wrote the content of these posts when I was asked to address these questions at a summer youth camp. The intended purpose of these posts are to help Christians who already have a firm conviction about the authority of Scripture. I want them to better understand what the Bible teaches about homosexuality. So my hope is that these truths will help instruct Christians who want to share the gospel with the homosexuals they know.

Is Homosexuality A Sin?

I think before we answer this question we need to first ask ourselves “What is a sin?” If we are going to call homosexuality a sin we should probably make sure we know what is a sin so that we can know whether or not homosexuality deserves to fit in that category.

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October Newsletter

“This is from the LORD”
— Genesis 24:50

This morning I read the story in Genesis 24 that explains how Isaac’s wife, Rebekah, was found. Abraham sent one of his servants to find a non-Canaanite woman for Isaac. Abraham’s servant began his mission by asking God to give him success and his prayer was immediately answered. When the servant was telling Rebekah’s brother, Laban, the story he said that before he could even finish praying Rebekah greeted him (Gen. 24:45). When Laban heard the way God answered his prayer, he said, “This is from the LORD; we have no choice in the matter…Take her and go.” (24:50)

When I read Laban’s response those words jumped out to me! Certainly, the ancient Jewish culture was different than ours today, but I can only imagine all the different thoughts and feelings Laban had about his sister leaving with some stranger’s servant to marry a man he has never met! Yet, regardless of how Laban may have been feeling we do know that when Laban heard how God answered prayer he could not deny this was from the LORD.

I think we can relate a lot with what is going on in this story. This past month we have experienced a vast array of emotions. We began the month with great excitement about finding our new home in Chicago. Then we experienced all the highs and lows of packing and moving. There have been plenty of sad days, as we have had to say our goodbyes to all our friends and family in D.C. There have also been plenty of joyful days as we have met new friends and reconnected with old ones in Chicago. Continue reading

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Genesis: A God-Centered Summary, Pt. 1

Here are 22 alliterated summary statements of what God does from Genesis 1-20:

1. God Creates Everything – Genesis 1-2 (Establishes the covenant of works and marriage)

2. God’s Covenant Is Broken – Genesis 3:1-7

3. God Curses Satan, The Woman, & The Man – Genesis 3:8-19

4. God Clothes and Casts Out Adam & Eve – Genesis 3:20-24 Continue reading

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