So I had a discussion this morning with a couple of friends I work with brought on by one of them telling me that Pope Francis is changing the churches position on homosexuality. Yeah, right. Anyway, that lead us into a discussion about what is sinful about homosexuality.
I tried to make the point that merely being homosexual or having that inclination, that while unnatural, was not in itself sinful. I said that acting on such inclinations would be considered sinful but not merely having them.
They then proceeded to point out scripture where lust and murder in the mind are tantamount to actually committing them. Leaning on those verses they said that if you are homosexual you are therefore sinful.
That doesn’t seem right to me for a couple reasons. First - having a homosexual inclination is not the same thing as being lustful because then the same could be said about straight people. We do not equate someone’s sexual orientation directly with being lustful. Also, whenever scripture talks about the sin of homosexuality it doesn’t say that merely being gay is sinful but the actions are.
Would any of you care to confirm what I’ve said or educate me properly? Thanks!