“Was I Really Made this Way?”

I have heard and read that a common phrase, explanation and belief among the LGBTQ community of people is that “I was born this way.” This may be due to the way they have felt for as long as they can conceivably remember so, in their minds, it is not a big jump to pre-date that feeling to birth. To the natural mind, this could be a reasonable assumption and so they (maybe you) resign themselves to it and never question it again, at least not aloud. It may also be, however, a deceit that is just often propagated. I have a brother- in- the- Lord in my church who recently told my wife and me that he used to dress and act as a woman. He showed us some pictures of his former appearance that he keeps in his phone as a testimony to G-d’s transformative power in his life. Maybe I should say restorative power. I did not know him when he was in his former lifestyle, but I can tell you that he has a strong and vibrant love for the Lord and he is a powerful prayor (one who prays, has been given that gift)! He also shared with us that night after the service that he was part of a group of LGBTQ people who were open and shared with each other. He confessed that in the group of 15-20 people, all unburdened themselves by sharing the painful truth that they didn’t actually believe they were “born this way.” Rather, they had been molested, abused, raped or exposed to some other form of shame, humiliation or personal violation. Only one claimed the lie, and my guess is that he or she simply is still hurting too much to admit the truth or they don’t yet know how to deal with it any other way.

In the wonderful truth of the Word of G-d, the Bible, it says in candid honesty through 1 Corinthians 6:9-10, “Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.” This list is not exhaustive, but you get the point. If he actually made you that way, then He also made the drunk that way, the idolater that way, the thief that way. NO. That’s not true. Since He loves you and created you in His image, He didn’t do so in a way that is diametrically opposed to what He cares for and what he finds to be an abomination.

To cite a few more necessary scriptures: Genesis 19:13, Leviticus 18:22, Leviticus 20:13, Romans 1:26-27, 1 Corinthians 6:9 (as mentioned above), Jude 1:7 and – a verse I was unaware of until just a few days ago that the Holy Spirit revealed to me very unexpectedly—Deuteronomy 22:5 which clearly says, “A woman shall not wear a man’s garment” (clothes), “nor shall a man put on a woman’s cloak, for whoever does these things is an abomination” (a thing that causes disgust or hatred) “to the Lord you God.” All sin is an enemy of G-d and keeps us separated from Him for all eternity, apart from the work of JESUS CHRIST on the Cross and our cooperation with, realization of, and trust in Ephesians 2:8-9. But since 1 Corinthians 6:18 reveals, “Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body.” And verse 13 states that “…the body, however, is not meant for sexual immorality but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body.”

Genesis 1:27 encourages us that Adam and Eve, out of whom our lineage comes, are spoken of this way, “So God created man in His own image” (before sin entered the world through disobedience), “in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” Since the Sovereign G-d is perfect and without sin, His first creation was without sin. And since the Bible is clear that all sin—including and especially being LGBTQ, for the purpose of the title of this post today—is an abomination to Him, how would we or could we biblically, logically, emotionally or otherwise conclude that we were “made this way”? We can’t. It is flawed and it is a lie.

As you saw earlier from the truncated list of sinful patterns that keep us from entering His eternal kingdom, LGBTQ is not the only one there. The Apostle Paul was mentioning these specific iniquities because he was addressing the new believers in the church at Corinth which were battling—more like giving themselves over to—things they should no longer be doing or associated with or even thinking about. The deeper issue which causes the outward manifestation of sin in an unbeliever’s life is that he or she was born with (not created with) a sinful nature or essence. As we sometimes see and need to address in churches today are instances where a “family” (man and woman and often children, too) has lived together in an unwed state, having sexual relations, and producing bastard, illegitimate children while considering and referring to one another falsely as husband and wife. Sometimes a pastor’s first instinct is to eradicate the sexual sin which is so prevalent and to counsel them and urge them to get married. It sounds good, right and proper. It is certainly a start. But it MUSTN’T end there. Why? Because though, if they agree with the man of G-d and decide to commit to truly loving, respecting, honoring, cherishing and marrying one another, they have only put an end to the fornication; the sexual immorality. What is the underlying disease that needs cleansing? The sinful nature. If I am married but am still unregenerate in my heart, still stained, still blemished, still spotted, still sinning in others ways such as stealing, murdering (including aborting), lying, cheating, gossiping, gambling, getting drunk, etc. then I am still in desperate need of salvation which I am totally unable to bring about myself.

So Almighty G-d, in His judgment of sin and love for us—unable and unwilling to give up one or the other or to settle for only one or the other—devises a wonderful and supernatural way to “kill two birds with one Stone” JESUS CHRIST! The world says, “There are many paths to G-d” and questions why the Christian echoes the truth in scripture by asking, “Why is Jesus the only way to G-d?” Firstly, because the Bible proclaims in Acts 4:12, “And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” And secondly, because the architect of the plan chose the instrument to carry it out, the instrument was the only One willing and obedient and capable of carrying it out, and since the instrument is G-d and dwells with G-d (John 1:1-4) and died to make reconciliation even possible and knows the way to His eternal dwelling, who else could lead us there? In John 14:3-5 the Lord Jesus and the disciple Thomas share this very relevant exchange, “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. And you know the way to where I am going.’ Thomas said, ‘Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?’ Jesus said to him, ‘I AM THE WAY, and the truth, and the life. NO ONE COMES TO THE FATHER EXCEPT THROUGH ME.’” Why again? To reiterate, because He came from Heaven (no one else has), He is the only means by which we can even go because He died for our sins and gave us His righteousness (2 Corinthians 5:21), and because only He knows the way and can lead us back if we follow Him.

You were not created this way. You were not born this way. Something may have happened to you along the way. You, in response, made a conscious choice or even a series of them. Thanks be to Almighty G-d, you don’t have to remain in your sin. You don’t have to remain under this lifestyle. Jesus Christ has the power to redeem us all, has already done what is necessary to set us free. It is up to you to take Him up on His generous offer, turn your back on sin, ask for forgiveness, and receive freedom and eternal life. He died for you. You must lay down your life for Him.

Praying for you.

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