A Man & A Woman

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As I thumbed through the pages of one of the popular African-American publications, I noticed a wedding photo of two women. I was shocked. Surely, someone at the magazine had bowed down to the gods of political correctness. The photo consisted of a woman dressed like a man standing alongside her bride. Fear of being perceived as a homophobe could make me want to keep my mouth shut. But love drives me to challenge women to embrace God’s purpose for their lives.

The media, journalists, educators and commentators have done a good job making us think that there is proof of a link between genetics and sexual orientation. This underlying assumption creates doubt of the ability or need for a person to change their sexual orientation if they experience same-sex attractions.

Since 1991 a number of well-known studies* trying to prove a link between genetic and sexual orientation received considerable media attention. While they initially reported a link, subsequent research discounted their findings. Studies# do exist, however, showing that people with same-sex attractions who desire to change can change.

In addition, the Bible consistently condemns homosexual conduct in Genesis 19; Leviticus 18:22; 20:13; Romans 1:22-29; 1 Corinthians 6:9; 1 Timothy 1:10; and Jude 1:7. There are no gray areas on this topic. Likewise, the Bible clearly teaches that marriage is between a man and a woman. 1 Corinthians 7:2 says, “Nevertheless, because of sexual immorality, let each man have his own wife, and let each woman have her own husband.

Adapted from Exodus International’s website
*Research on brain structures by Dr. Simon LeVay, formerly of the Salk Institute in La Jolla, CA; studies of identical and non-identical twins by Drs. Pillard and Bailey; and gene studies by Dr. Dean Hamer
# The most recent by Dr. Robert Spitzer published about eight years ago

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