Roots of Homosexuality

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Where does homosexuality come from?  Many people may feel that perhaps God made them gay, i.e. that they were born gay.  They may honestly not remember any conscious decision to be gay. 

Our inheritance of a sinful nature is relevant to the discussion of the roots of homosexuality.  We are born with a tendency to rebel against God, with hearts that are prone to lust, pride, sexual immorality, idolatry and other evils (Matthew 15:19).  So, for example, it is possible to be born with a tendency toward homosexual desires, just as it is possible to be born with a tendency toward pride, or love of money or any other type of sin.  Though each of us has weaknesses toward particular sins, God still expects us to resist temptations in those areas and rely on his power for strength to keep sin from ruling us (Genesis 4:7, Romans 6:11-14). 

Being the opportunist that he is, Satan tempts each of us according to our particular weaknesses.  He is a master at orchestrating events in our lives to tempt us into false conclusions about God and our identity. 

An area that seems to be common in the development of homosexual tendencies is dysfunctional relationships.  It often starts early in life with unhealthy relationships with parents, siblings and peers, which cause emotional wounds.  Here are some example factors in childhood relationships that can be influential in sexual development:

Another area to consider is generational sin.  The Bible mentions the concept of generational curses in several places. The idea is that the consequences of one generation’s sin can be visited on future generations (usually up to the third and fourth generation).  Just as we inherit a sin nature from Adam, we also may inherit sin tendencies from our more recent ancestors.  It is not uncommon for patterns of sexual dysfunction like homosexuality to run down the family tree.  For more information, see our generational sin page.

Other factors that can contribute to homosexual development include societal pressures, pornography, masturbation, demonic influences and an amoral belief system (see Dr. David K. Foster’s Sexual Healing, chapter 6, for a detailed explanation of these factors).

Homosexual tendencies can be fed from these kinds of roots, yet it is still up to the individual to decide whether to yield to the temptations.  It usually doesn’t happen over night, but rather over years.   As people progress through the teen years, they inevitably will be presented with the powerful feelings associated with their sexual development.   This period typically offers prime opportunities for the enemy to persuade a person that he or she “is gay” and that this is a permanent condition.  Again, troubles in relationships can be instrumental in a person coming to the wrong conclusions.  Some examples include:  

When a person decides to embrace the lie of a gay identity, the deception is completed.  From then on, it can seem like an unbreakable stronghold, especially if it conveniently explains the pattern of experiences and feelings the person may have had in life to that point.   Even so, a person making the conclusion that they are gay will discover an endless desire for peace and approval, but will not find it (Isaiah 48:22).  They will need to surround themselves with others who continually reaffirm their homosexuality in order to numb their conscience about the lies they have embraced.  They may even seek God’s approval of their choices by embracing “gay theology”. 

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