For many years I've said that a person is not born into this world as a homosexual. The Bible says God created the human race male and female and that’s what I believe.
“And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness … So God created man in his image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.” (Gen. 1:26a, 27)
The Bible says God formed, made and created individuals who were total opposites physically, biologically and, in many ways, mentally. (I use “biologically” because it communicates, at least to me, a salient point – birth that is natural. When we are born into this world, male or female, that is who we are born to be.)
Are we limited in how we think about homosexuality?
Even though I know, understand and believe what the Bible says about homosexuality, I’m finding it difficult to dismiss out of hand, or minimize the feelings of people who genuinely believe they were born homosexual.
That’s not to say that I am in any way sympathetic on the one hand or indifferent on the other. Let me be clear: I am not. I am simply saying that perhaps our frame of reference for understanding why a person believes he was born a homosexual is limited.
What we see, observe and hear in the natural is a result of what has taken place, is taking place or will take place in the realm of the spirit. According to the Bible, actions in the spirit result in actions in the natural.
One only needs to look at Genesis 1 to see that God, who is spirit, spoke the world and its original inhabitants, except man, into existence. Man was God’s masterpiece, or as Eph. 2:10 puts it – his workmanship. God formed him. God made him. God created him. In other words, God was intimately involved in bringing man into existence.
The more I read, study and meditate the Scriptures, the more I see God’s fingerprint in the specificity of the language. God is never ambiguous. What He says He means.
Our understanding of why a person believes he is born homosexual must be examined in light of what the Bible says, in particular, Genesis 3 and 6.
Eve, “an help meet for” Adam
There is a phrase that exemplifies the exactness and precision of God’s use of language. It is only used twice – in only one book and in only one chapter of that book.
“And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make an help meet for him.” (Gen. 2:18)
“…but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him.” (Gen. 2:20)
While the word “help” is used in several other passages in the Bible, it is only used with “meet for” in these two verses. Together, the words “help meet for” describe a person who is suitable, adapted and complementary for another person.
The word “meet” is used nowhere else in the Bible. When combined with the word “for” – a marker of comparison – it indicates, in this case, Eve’s likeness (not exactness) to Adam. Eve was not a replica of Adam; she was similar to him.
The Bible drives home the differences between them in verse 23 of the same chapter. God is making it crystal clear how we are to understand the phrase “an help meet for.”
“And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman (isha), because she was taken out of Man (ish).”
God used Adam’s DNA to make Eve, his help meet. He used ish to make isha. Eve was physically and biologically similar to her husband; she was a part of him. But she was also different from him. If this were not so, why the distinction ish and isha?
At this point, we see the godly design for the relationship between the husband and wife – they were to be “one flesh” (verse 24).
“Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.”
God formed man and He took part of man and made woman for him. (Some may take offense at my wording “made woman for him,” but that’s what the Bible says.) Adam and Eve were husband and wife. They were similar in design yet uniquely different in function.
Sidebar: If God is this meticulous in showing us the connectedness of the first husband and wife, doesn’t it stand to reason that, even today, every “Adam” has an “Eve” that God knows is best suited for him and every “Eve” has an “Adam” that God knows is best suited for her?
Why the uniqueness?
One reason the man is to be permanently glued to (cleave) his wife is for the purpose of having children. God makes this clear in Genesis 1:28.
“And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply…”
God wanted Adam and Eve to populate the Earth with children – beings who were similar to themselves yet distinctively different. In God’s plan, only a husband and wife are to produce offspring. In God’s plan, only a husband and wife have the unique differences that make producing offspring possible.
But Adam’s rebellion to God’s expressed commandment (Gen. 2:16-17) changed all of that. Adam’s blatant disregard in Genesis 3 for the “Word of God” had a devastating and chilling effect on creation.
All of this is background for viewing being born homosexual from a biblical foundation that begins in the book of Genesis.
Adam gives Satan access to creation
When Adam ignored God’s direct and clear prohibition to not eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, he unleashed into creation a death producing spiritual typhoon so indescribable, so horrible and so destructive that it forever corrupted the genetic code of every living thing on planet Earth.
For the first time in history, creation was no longer subject to the spiritual life of a son of God. Its new spiritual “ruler” thrived on death and destruction. Satan now had something he didn’t have before the fall – influence and power in this world through the sin nature. Everything he is could now be released upon creation unhindered and without opposition.
Remember how Jesus describes Satan in John 8:44?
“Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own, for he is a liar, and the father of it.”
Satan lies. The Bible says the Body of Christ needs to know how he operates (2 Cor. 2:11). When you read Galatians 5:19-21, for example, you are reading verses that describe who Satan is. He is the “works of the flesh” and the reason why they are manifesting on Earth.
- an adulterer
- a fornicator
- a prostitute
- a witch
- a warlock
- a drunk
- a schemer
- a self-promoter
- the false prophet
- the false teacher
This is the “thing” that Adam let loose on creation in Genesis 3. His evil is measureless, his knowledge of man is vast and his wisdom is corrupted. And only knows how to steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10).
Corruption produced the opportunity
As I examine homosexual behavior through the lens of what happened as a result of Genesis 3, it’s clear to me that Adam’s disobedience corrupted man's way of thinking – his very thought processes. More devastating though was the fact that it blew the doors wide open for Satan’s unbridled deception upon man’s soul.
With the corruption of creation and the introduction of the sin nature, the "wiring" in our brains was corrupted and made exponentially more susceptible to Satan’s ungodly influences.
We know that we are spirit beings who have a soul and live in a body. Satan is a spirit and the father of lies and has complete access to our spirits, souls and bodies through the sin nature until we are born again.
“And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.” (Gen. 6:5)
The only avenue Satan has available to him to weave his deception into our lives are our thoughts. This applies not only to the person with a sin nature but also to the person who has the life of God. This is the reason the Bible repeatedly tells us to guard our thoughts.
Enter the homosexual spirit
Earlier I said that even though I know, understand and believe what the Bible says about homosexual behavior, I’m finding it difficult to dismiss out of hand, or minimize the feelings of people who genuinely believe they were born homosexual. I know from Scripture this is not true. Then, what is the truth?
Remember the list from Galatians 5:19-21 that identifies who Satan is? The last thing on the list, out of order by the way, was that Satan is homosexual. This really shouldn’t be a surprise and the reason why it’s so important that society believes homosexuality is a natural occurrence. It keeps him hidden. It keeps him under the radar.
In Genesis 3 he had “likeminded” devils who were like rabid dogs on a leash waiting to be turned loose. They were set free when Adam rebelled. These homosexual devils have been attacking and “ripping to shreds” their unsuspecting prey ever since.
What does a homosexual spirit have to use to deceive people? They have the same avenue for entering a person’s life as their master – thoughts.
Let’s think about this strategically. If you want to inoculate someone with a homosexual mindset, when would be the most opportune time to do so? The absolute best time is when he is a child – when he is the most “teachable.”
If a homosexual spirit can enter into a child’s thoughts at age three or four or even earlier, and “teach” him “line up line, precept upon precept” the homosexual lifestyle, is it possible that the child would believe he was actually born a homosexual?
Notice how I phrased the question. Satan is very methodical, strategic and cunning in how he introduces “the works of the flesh” into our lives (Eph. 6:11). He doesn’t care how long the inoculation process takes because he is determined to do whatever it takes to rob us of an eternity in presence of Love.
So what's my point? It is possible for a person to be born into this world with a mind that is more open and susceptible to the whispering of a homosexual spirit because of the sin nature. (This same possibility would apply to anyone who is a habitual liar, a smoker, an alcoholic, who watches pornography, commits adultery, steals, etc.)
A glimpse into the homosexual inoculation
A few years ago an evangelist told of a young man who attended one of her meetings. At the end of the service he came up for prayer. He whispered to her that he had been a practicing homosexual for more than 20 years and that wanted to be free.
He told the evangelist that he had begun having dreams of homosexual men when he was about three years old. In his dreams, the men would come into his room, dance and play with him, and “touch” each other. With each dream they became bolder. When he was five years old they would take off their clothes and tell him to “touch” them.
When he told his father about his dreams and how the men were undressing and “touching” each other and then telling him to “touch” them, his father dismissed them as nothing more than dreams. He told the evangelist that after talking with his father and seeing his response, he thought that his dreams were – now listen to me – natural.
Sometime later, in addition to taking off their clothes, the men had him take off his clothes and join them in “touching” each other. By the time he was 12 years old the young man said he was having sex with the men in his dreams.
Satan doesn’t care about people.
Homosexual spirits were in his dreams – when he was the most vulnerable. Satan turned these devils loose on a child. We need to understand this. He doesn’t care about people, young or old. All he wants is company in the lake of fire. Jesus told us that he was a murderer from the beginning (John 8:44).
A different level of understanding
Now that we have a glimpse into how Satan promotes and spreads spiritual death through homosexuality, perhaps we will view the struggles of those trapped in this sin with a little more compassion and a little less condemnation.
Perhaps we will be better able to see them through our Father’s eyes – the lost and broken who need to be loved and who need to hear about the only grace that saves and the only blood that cleanses sin.
Then all they have to do is bow the knee to Jesus and say, “Jesus, I’m so sorry. I want you to be my lord and savior. I want to spend eternity with you. Please forgive me and make me clean.”
This is where my heart is. I don’t want the enemy of the soul to win this battle. I want every homosexual delivered and saved and part of the family.