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Ask the Pastor

† Theological musings and answers to selected questions by a confessional Lutheran pastor.






30 August 2005

Homosexual from Birth?


Q: Are homosexuals born so? If so what does the Bible say about this?

A: The Bible says that all are born sinful. It doesn’t specify what particular sins we might be predisposed toward. Homosexuality does receive special mention, however. It’s not only a sin, but Paul tells us that it is also punishment for being sinful, for turning away from God to false worship, whether of self or of other people or things (see Romans 1:18-32).

For a more detailed exposition of this question, please see a previous response on the topic Homosexuality, Genetics, and Original Sin.

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Walter Snyder is the pastor of Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Emma, Missouri and coauthor of the book What Do Lutherans Believe.

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