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Can a gay person become a straight Christians?

Becket lived a happy gay life and there was no guilt until he saw a Bible, but somewhat as an enemy. Similarly, Jackie liked girls at age 5. At 19, she had her first girlfriend, until Romans 1:26 convicted her. Likewise, Rachel traded her lesbian relationship after googling Jesus. Living a straight life today, Becket, Jackie, and Rachel still have same-sex attraction.

“A lot of how we talk about sexuality doesn’t come from scriptures but from stories,” says Jackie Perry. Gay homosexuals and lesbians are alienated because many Christians say homosexuals will go to hell. They insist on conversion, but can the Bible make you straight?

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Being tempted is not (yet) sin

Before sin is a temptation (James 1:13-15). If you give in, the penalty is death (Romans 6:23). Jesus became a man and He was tempted on all sides, yet He did not sin (John 8:11). Jesus overcame sin as a man (John 16:33). Consequently, we too can overcome “sexual sin” if our mind is set on things of God (Colossians 3:2), and it begins with “repentance.”

True meaning of repentance

Repentance has been misunderstood as becoming “sinless.” Christians or not, we still sin and are saved because of what Jesus did, not on our own merits (Ephesians 2:8-9). Furthermore, repentance (to sin) comes from the Greek word “Metanoia” that literally means “change of mind”. This kind of repentance is not about regret or shame; it is making a decision to turn around and face a new direction towards Christ. In other words, it is having a new mindset.

I’m blind because I was promiscuous.

Struggle is real – Homosexual, transgender, lesbian, or pedophilia are sexual in nature. It affects even church missionaries, priests, and pastors, regardless if its heterosexual, same-sex attraction, or porn addiction – they’re all rooted on sex. While there’s a debate saying these are a mental disorder, it’s a difficult thing to bear.

It’s the identity you choose

“Homosexuality in the Bible” is a verb says Jackie. People have made it into a noun and labeled those who struggle with it as sinners. But “who among you have not sinned that you can condemn someone,” Jesus asked? “Sin is sin,” but when we choose Jesus over our sinful desires, God defines our identity, in His likeness. We become His child and our identity is in Christ, even if there’s a struggle (John 1:12).

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Jesus said, “sin no more”

A huge crowd wanted to condemn Mary Magdalene because her sin was prostitution. Jesus said, “Didn’t even one of them condemn you? Neither do I. Go and sin no more” (John 8:11). The issue goes beyond sin itself. Like Magdalene, Jesus didn’t dwell much on her immoral behavior but on “sexual purity.” In fact, God will remember our sins no more (Hebrews 8:12). Jesus calls you to be holy because we were created in Him and through Him. (Colossians 1:16)

it doesn’t matter if you have same-sex attraction – God will meet you in your struggle.

You may be facing a sexual struggle but if you repent (metanoia) and “decide” to pursue “sexual purity,” Jesus will give you the grace to overcome (Philippians 4:13). Being a Christian is a personal relationship, it doesn’t matter if you have same-sex attraction – God will meet you in your struggle. God may not be calling you to be straight, but to pursue holiness through grace, not by your own ability. (1 Peter 1:16)

FURTHER READING:
→ Is God calling you to be a straight Christian?
→ Married yet attracted to the same-sex.
→ Does God love gay homosexuals?

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“I am the vine; you are the branches. The one who remains in Me and I in him produces much fruit because you can do nothing without Me (John 15:5); “This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you.” (John 15:12)

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