**This article was previously posted by Dr. David L. Allen on his website www.drdavidlallen.com and is used by permission.
Dr. Allen is: Dean of the School of Theology, Professor of Preaching, Director of the Center for Expository Preaching, and George W. Truett Chair of Pastoral Ministry at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
MYTH 1 – The Bible does not condemn homosexuality.
It is common to hear the LGBT community say the Bible does not condemn homosexuality. This is especially prevalent among those who claim to be Christians. “Nowhere does Jesus address homosexuality” is a constant refrain. Of course, nowhere does Jesus say anything about mainlining heroin either.
In several places in the Old and New Testaments the Bible very clearly condemns homosexuality. Leviticus 18:21-22; Leviticus 20:13; and Romans 1:18-32, are just some of the passages that speak clearly to the issue. Not until the rise and acceptance of homosexual behavior did anyone seriously attempt to argue the Bible does not condemn homosexuality. Some have argued that the Bible only condemns homosexual behavior if it is not within a monogamous relationship. Others have argued that the biblical writers just did not understand homosexuality in the same way we do today. When the Bible speaks on homosexuality, it does so with clarity, forbidding it in any form.
MYTH 2 – 10% of the American population is gay or lesbian.
Actually less than 3% of adults in the US are estimated to be gay or lesbian. No less than four national surveys done between the years 2005 and 2009 indicate such according to the Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law and Public Policy at UCLA School of Law. In fact, these percentages have remained relatively the same over the past 10 years.
MYTH 3 – Homosexuals are born that way.
This myth goes back to an article in Science magazine by Dean Hamer in 1993 where he said there is the real possibility that homosexuality is genetic. Immediately people jumped on that statement and declared that new “gay gene” had been discovered. Four months later in the same magazine, a whole cadre of geneticists came out and said that this is not correct. But this information seldom made it on any of the talk shows or magazines that had already announced the “fact” of the new gay gene.
Even the American Psychological Association has come around:
“There is no consensus among scientists about the exact reasons that an individual develops a heterosexual, bisexual, gay, or lesbian orientation. Although much research has examined the possible genetic, hormonal, developmental, social, and cultural influences on sexual orientation, no findings have emerged that permit scientists to conclude that sexual orientation is determined by any particular factor or factors.”
Many in the LGBT community argue “God made me this way so it can’t be sinful.” It is not true that anyone is born homosexual. It is true that everyone is born a sinner. 100% of all people are born sinners. “All have sinned” the Scripture says in Romans 3:23.
MYTH 4 – Homosexuality is a normal, healthy lifestyle.
Studies show that almost three out of four male homosexuals have had over 100 sexual partners. More than half have had over 250 sexual partners. More than one-fourth have had over 1000 sexual partners. Almost three out of four male homosexuals have had sex with boys 19 years old or younger. One third of all pedophiles in America are gay. Remember that less than 3% of the entire population is gay. Homosexuals are 17 times more likely to be pedophiles than heterosexuals. If you are heterosexual, your risk of AIDS is 1 in 715,000. If you are homosexual, your risk of AIDS is 1 in 165. Two out of three cases of AIDS in the US is a result of a homosexual lifestyle.
Although male homosexuals represent about 3% of the male population in the US, in 2010, they accounted for 78% of all new HIV infections among males and 63% of all new infections period. Of all people living with HIV infection in 2009, 52% were male homosexuals. Somewhere between 10 and 15% of the population of the US are alcoholics. But how many would argue that alcoholism is a healthy lifestyle?
MYTH 5 – Homosexuality is unchangeable.
It is simply not scientifically accurate to say that homosexuality is unchangeable. It is not biblically accurate either. God’s grace is greater than all sin, and if other sins can be overcome by the power of God in a redeemed heart, then so can homosexuality. Remember 1 Corinthians 6:9-11. Paul walks through a litany of sins, including homosexuality, that will keep one from inheriting the kingdom of God. Then Paul says in verse 11: “Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.”
No sin and no power is greater than the power of the Gospel!