As others have eloquently answered this question, I won’t beat a dead horse, but I did want to offer a brief story on the topic. It centers around the concept that people are born homosexual and they have no choice in the matter. There actually was another thread on this very topic last week I believe, but as the topic is fresh here, I’ll post here. @CarsonWeitnauer, perhaps the two could be linked? I’m not sure.
I had a “chance” conversation today with a chaplain on this issue. I say “chance”, because I believe there was very little actual chance in our meeting. We introduced ourselves to one another and discovered that we were both in ministry. Then out of the blue he goes straight to the topic of being born homosexual, meaning he was mulling it over even before our meeting. He said he doesn’t consider it a lifestyle and he doesn’t use that term, because a lifestyle can be chosen, and this person he was referencing was born homosexual. In the hospital setting we were in at the time, he said he sees gender ambiguity and hermaphroditic situations in birth all the time. So in his mind he was certain that homosexuality is just another such DNA anomaly. Yet he seemed like he was stuck on how to minister to this person, and here is another minister he could bounce ideas off of. Coincidence? Not likely.
But to the point, I told him that people are predisposed to sin, as we are conceived in sin. He nodded. There are some people who tend towards theft, or wrath, or vanity, or whatever sin it might be, while they might not tend as strongly towards other forms of sin. He nodded. So too can people be born predisposed to homosexuality as sin. He said, “exactly right, they’re born that way.” But I asked him to let me take it one step further. I have talked to several individuals who tend toward homosexuality, but who have decided not to live in that lifestyle. They have chosen not to give into that temptation any longer and sin. “Go and sin no more,” says the Lord. So you see, it is a choice. I might be tempted to steal, but not actually steal; or lie, but not actually lie. So this person you are ministering to might be born predisposed to homosexuality, but that sin just like any sin does not define who they are in Christ. If they are saved and have the Spirit working in their life, then they can choose to deny that sin.
It was not, by any stretch of the imagination, a “chance” meeting today and I told this chaplain as much. And then I see this topic come up giving me an opportunity to share this story. Apparently God actually does know all things.