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Homosexuality and Its Destructive Implications – A Mormon Scriptural Perspective
The acceptance and even embracing of the sin of homosexuality is a consistent commonality among the most wicked societies throughout history. It is an abomination constituting severe rejection of that which is holy and natural. Unfortunately, homosexuality under the name of ‘same-gender attraction’ has become widely supported and embraced as an acceptable lifestyle by numerous Latter-day Saints. Many openly support the LGBT movement and organizations which are a part of it. A movement, mind you, which is ironically and accurately labeled the ‘pride’ movement. This is deeply offensive in the eyes of God and stands in direct opposition to what the scriptures teach concerning this satanic practice. Yet sadly, doctrine and policies of the Church and its collective institutions have been altered to cater to this immoral and unbecoming crusade.
We know that Isaiah foresaw that homosexuality would be among us in the end time. He used the nation of Egypt to typify the land of America and foretold that “In that day the Egyptians will be as women.”1 Avraham Gileadi notes in his commentary: “The Egyptians ‘behaving as women in that ‘day’—Jehovah’s Day of Judgment—implies not only fear in the face of danger but transgender issues.”2 The term ‘that day’ provides us with much information regarding this sin of homosexuality. It is an indicator of idolatry and ripeness for destruction.3 According to Isaiah, transgender issues are experienced at a time directly preceding internal civil war, economic collapse, famine, and foreign invasion.4 Ultimately, ‘that day’ is a clear indicator of the last days immediately preceding the Lord’s return.
The example of Sodom and Gomorrah certainly adds credence to Isaiah’s prophecy of the end time. Homosexuality has become an inseparable symbol of those societies and was widespread among them before they were destroyed by fire. After Lot welcomed three angels sent from God into his home, the men of Sodom tried to break into his house in order to have sex with these holy beings:
“But before they lay down to rest, the men of the city of Sodom compassed the house round, even men which were both old and young, even the people from every quarter. And they called unto Lot and said unto him, Where are the men which came in unto thee this night? Bring them out unto us that we may know them.”5
After Lot went outside and counseled them against their wickedness, they responded about how you would expect; getting “angry with him” and claiming that Lot was making “himself to be a judge.”6 Or in other words, they accused him of being a judgmental bigot for defending the virtue of the angels and calling their sin what it was. At this, the men revealed their complete moral degeneracy as they demanded of Lot “We will have the men and thy daughters also; and we will do with them as seemeth us good.”7 We find that this type of homosexual and bisexual behavior was widespread from the next verse in the account which reads: “Now this was after the wickedness of Sodom.”8 The angels intervened, exercising the power of God and smiting the evildoers with physical blindness to match their spiritual blindness.9
We learn much about the sin of homosexuality in the New Testament from the book of Romans, where we find that this abomination had become a widespread problem within Roman society. The verses relative to this subject are preceded by the apostle Paul explaining that “the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all…who love not the truth but remain in unrighteousness,” and clarifying that he is speaking concerning people who had the invisible things of God “revealed unto them” that “are left without excuse” in their perversions.10 Paul then listed the sins that preface and lead to God withdrawing His spirit, leaving men and women open to the ungodly lusts of homosexuality; he includes not glorifying God as God, ingratitude, vain imaginations, darkened foolish hearts, pride, and idolatry.11 He continued:
“Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator…For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. And even as they did not like to retain God, according to some knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient.”12
We also find here that changing the truth of God into a lie and worshipping the creature, or the carnal man, more than God came before God abandoned them in their wickedness. Without His spirit, they were overcome by the lustful influence of evil spirits they allowed into their hearts, and thus they engaged in that which was unseemly or disgusting. Paul also pointed out the severity of the consequences for such things and highlighted the fact that not only were those who knew better committing these gross sins, they were taking pleasure in those around them who were joining them in their wickedness: “And some who, knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, are inexcusable, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.”13 Thus, committing homosexual acts, and supporting those who commit them, are both abominable in the sight of God.
Ironically, many in our day claim that God has given them the challenge of homosexuality or ‘same-gender attraction’ as a test that was meant to be part of their mortal experience. However, nothing could be further from the truth. Joseph Smith taught that “The devil has no power over us only as we permit him. The moment we revolt at anything which comes from God, the devil takes power.”14 This is in accordance with the pattern demonstrated by the apostle Paul. The homosexuality came after the people had revolted against God. In the book of James, we likewise read that wicked temptations cannot come from God or be given to us by Him:
“Blessed is the man that resisteth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him. Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. Do not err, my beloved brethren.”15
Yet, judging by what is on the Church’s website, it is as if the foregoing scriptures and the truths they teach have been completely bi-passed or brushed aside. Note the following excerpts:
“People who experience same-sex attraction or identify as gay, lesbian, or bisexual can make and keep covenants with God and fully and worthily participate in the Church. Identifying as gay, lesbian, or bisexual or experiencing same-sex attraction is not a sin and does not prohibit one from participating in the Church, holding callings, or attending the temple…We may not know precisely why some people feel attracted to others of the same sex, but for some it is a complex reality and part of the human experience. The Savior Jesus Christ has a perfect understanding of every challenge we experience here on earth, and we can turn to Him for comfort, joy, hope, and direction. No matter what challenges we may face in life, we are all children of God, deserving of each other’s kindness and compassion. When we create a supportive environment, we build charity and empathy for each other and benefit from our combined perspectives and faith.”16
The Church does not take a position on the cause of same-sex attraction. In 2006, Elder Dallin H. Oaks stated: “The Church does not have a position on the causes of any of these susceptibilities or inclinations, including those related to same-gender attraction”
“Sexual desires are complex and shaped by many factors. While a romantic, emotional, or sexual attraction can signal a sexual orientation, you should not automatically assume that it does. Sexual desire can be fluid and changeable. If you are questioning, you should not feel pressured or rushed to reach conclusions about your sexuality.”
“If you decide to share your experiences of feeling same-sex attraction or to openly identify as gay, you should be supported and treated with kindness and respect, both at home and in church. We all need to be patient with each other as we figure things out. As Church members, we all have a responsibility to create a supportive and loving environment for all our brothers and sisters. Such a support network makes it much easier to live the gospel and to seek the Spirit while navigating any aspect of mortality.”
“Many people pray for years and do all they can to be obedient in an effort to reduce same-sex attraction, yet find they are still attracted to the same sex. Same-sex attraction is experienced along a spectrum of intensity and is not the same for everyone. Some are attracted to both genders, and others are attracted exclusively to the same gender. For some, feelings of same-sex attraction, or at least the intensity of those feelings, may diminish over time. In any case, a change in attraction should not be expected or demanded as an outcome by parents or leaders.”17
From the above citations endorsed by the Church, one would be led to make the following assumptions or conclusions:
Identifying as gay, lesbian, or bisexual is not a sin.
Experiencing same gender attraction can be viewed as a challenge rather than a temptation to sin.
Homosexuality is a complex reality that is part of the human experience.
Sexual desires are complex and shaped by many factors.
Sexual desire can be fluid and changeable.
Those who openly identify as gay should be supported in doing so.
It is not known why people struggle with homosexual tendencies.
Same sex attraction may never go away regardless of prayer and obedience; a change should not be expected.
Upon viewing the Church’s website one will also find videos honoring those who have simply embraced themselves as ‘gay.’ This difference between the Church’s current view and the position in the scriptures is simply mind-boggling. These developments raise many questions and concerns for the disciple. In Genesis we read:
“And I, God, created man in mine own image, in the image of mine Only Begotten created I him; male and female created I them. And I, God, blessed them and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.”18
God created male and female bodies for His children to enable them to progress and become like Him as they provided that same opportunity to others through procreation. He thus issued the command still in force today to “be fruitful, and multiply and replenish the earth.” Fulfilling this command is impossible with two individuals of the same gender, and we can thus immediately recognize that any idea defending the possibility or acceptability of homosexuality is inspired of the devil. He seeks to thwart the plan of God in all he does, and encouraging homosexual behavior and relationships prevents God’s children from living the divine commandment to provide mortal tabernacles for more of His children.
The notion that identifying as gay, lesbian, or bisexual is not a sin is particularly disturbing and deceitful. To identify as something is “to recognize or establish as being a particular person or thing.”19 Thus, in identifying as a ‘homosexual,’ an individual is not only embracing a wicked lifestyle, they are essentially rejecting their identity as the offspring of God—for His children are created male and female with the capability of having children. And what of the 13th article of faith? “If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things.” These words in no way describe homosexuality and the LGBT ‘pride’ movement. Jesus said, “Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness,” not ‘blessed are they who take pride in wickedness and depravity.’20
The Church’s website urges the individual to simply acknowledge and accept the immoral and unseemly thoughts and feelings they are experiencing. They posit that it is not a sin to harbor these thoughts and feelings as long as they are not acted upon. How do we reconcile that with the words of Alma and Jesus?
“For our words will condemn us, yea, all our works will condemn us; we shall not be found spotless; and our thoughts will also condemn us; and in this awful state we shall not dare to look up to our God; and we would fain be glad if we could command the rocks and the mountains to fall upon us to hide us from his presence.”21
“But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart. Behold, I give unto you a commandment, that ye suffer none of these things to enter into your heart; for it is better that ye should deny yourselves of these things, wherein ye will take up your cross, than that ye should be cast into hell.”22
Clearly, we are unquestionably accountable for our immoral thoughts, inclinations, and lustful desires. If not, then why would Jesus equate simply lusting after a woman with actually committing adultery. He invited us to take up our cross by denying ourselves of immoral and wicked thoughts and feelings. If this were not possible, why did Alma invite his son to “bridle all your passions, that ye may be filled with love”?23
The Church’s website further hints that sexual desire, and therefore gender identity, can be fluid and changeable. This seems to contradict the doctrine proclaimed in the document The Family: A Proclamation to the World wherein it states: “All human beings—male and female—are created in the image of God. Each is a beloved spirit son or daughter of heavenly parents, and, as such, each has a divine nature and destiny. Gender is an essential characteristic of individual premortal, mortal, and eternal identity and purpose.”24 How could sexual desire be fluid and changeable yet at the same time gender be eternal? How could someone accepting the identity of ‘gay, lesbian, or bisexual’ progress in such a condition to reach their divine destiny of becoming like their heavenly parents who are male and female? Furthermore, if each individual is created in the image of God and gender is eternal, then how could homosexuality simply be classed as a complex reality that is an acceptable part of the human experience? And how do we square the insistence that leaders and family support and encourage those who choose to ‘come out’ with Paul’s condemnation of those who “have pleasure in them” that engage in wicked homosexual acts and mindsets?25
The irony in the Church’s duplicity heightens as we look at the concluding paragraph in the proclamation: “Further, we warn that the disintegration of the family will bring upon individuals, communities, and nations the calamities foretold by ancient and modern prophets.”26 If the family unit ordained of God consists of a mother and father, then aren’t those who encourage individuals to identify as gay, lesbian, or bisexual contributing to the disintegration of the very thing they were trying to protect? Wouldn’t the following actions also be classified as contributing to the disintegration of the family unit as ordained by God:
Church schools change honor code text about sexual orientation being a problem for admittance.27
The Church’s FamilySearch app allows for same-sex couples.28
Entering into a homosexual marriage relationship is no longer considered apostasy by the Church.29
Children of parents who identify as gay, lesbian, or bisexual can now be blessed as babies and baptized as children into the Church.30
Frankly, what could be more apostate than refusing to classify homosexual marriages as apostasy? Think of the conditioning effects these changes will have on the rising generation and their doctrinal view of the topic. The reversal from the 2015 policy on children of parents who identify as gay, lesbian, or bisexual springs serious questions. If the initial policy was inspired by God, then why the prompt reversal? If the initial policy was not inspired, then why was it implemented? How could they both be from God? He would be contradicting Himself.
The ideas promoted on the Church’s website, and their policies represent a colossal departure from earlier teachings. Contrast today’s position with Spencer W. Kimball’s remarks back in 1980:
“The unholy transgression of homosexuality is either rapidly growing or tolerance is giving it wider publicity…The Lord condemns and forbids this practice with a vigor equal to his condemnation of adultery and other such sex acts. And the Church will excommunicate as readily any unrepentant addict…This heinous homosexual sin is of the ages. Many cities and civilizations have gone out of existence because of it. It was present in Israel’s wandering days, tolerated by the Greeks, and found in the baths of corrupt Rome.
This is a most unpleasant subject to dwell upon, but I am pressed to speak of it boldly so that no youth in the Church will ever have any question in his mind as to the illicit and diabolical nature of this perverse program. Again, Lucifer deceives and prompts logic and rationalization which will destroy men and women and make them servants of Satan forever.
“God made me that way,” some say, as they rationalize and excuse themselves for their perversions. “I can’t help it,” they add. This is blasphemy. Is man not made in the image of God, and does he think God to be “that way”? Man is responsible for his own sins. It is possible that he may rationalize and excuse himself until the groove is so deep he cannot get out without great difficulty, but this he can do. Temptations come to all people. The difference between the reprobate and the worthy person is generally that one yielded and the other resisted. It is true that one’s background may make the decision and accomplishment easier or more difficult, but if one is mentally alert, he can still control his future. That is the gospel message—personal responsibility.”31
What merits the dramatic jettison of these views if not political expediency and social pressure? Are the leaders afraid of being labeled bigots for standing up for the moral codes of God? What revelation on the topic has been given by God since 1980 that has merited the complete change of direction? No word of the Lord has been cited, shared, or published in any way.
Adding to the irony even more is that a Church which claims continuing revelation consistently maintains that they don’t know what causes the susceptibilities or inclinations toward same sex attraction. If the prophet is a prophet, seer, and revelator, then why does he not simply inquire of Jesus Christ to unearth this mystery? That is what Joseph Smith would have done, and he would have received a clarifying revelation. There are two principle reasons for the Church leaders taking the stance that they have no idea what causes same gender attraction: 1) there is no revelation from Jesus Christ being received by the leaders; and 2) we are too proud, too educated, too sophisticated to acknowledge what is really taking place—possession by unclean and wicked spirits of the opposite gender.
The more homosexuality becomes embraced and supported by the Latter-day Saint gentiles the greater the condemnation will be as the Lord’s day of judgment approaches. Those with eyes to see and ears to hear recognize this evil for what it is. Upon consideration of the doctrinal and procedural changes regarding same gender issues in context with continual changes to the Lord’s ordinances in the temple, those who are awake can also see where things are headed. No doubt, the leaders of the Church are ironically bringing upon themselves the very calamities they sought to warn others against as they desecrate the doctrines of God and contribute to the disintegration of the family unit.
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1 Isaiah 19:16
2 Avraham Gileadi, Analytical Commentary on Isaiah 19:16, isaiahexlplained.com
3 Isaiah 19:3
4 Isaiah 19:1-10
5 Genesis 19:6-7
6 Genesis 19:10
7 Genesis 19:11
8 Genesis 19:12
9 Genesis 19:16
10 Romans 1:18-20
11 Romans 1:21-23
12 Romans 1:24-28
13 Romans 1:32
14 TPJS, p. 181
15 James 1:12-16
16 Gospel Topics Manual, Same-sex Attraction
17 Mormons and Gays website, Individuals
18 Genesis 1:29-30
20 Matthew 5:6
21 Alma 12:14
22 Matthew 5:30-31 JST
23 Alma 38:12
24 The Family A Proclamation to the World, General Relief Society Meeting, Sept. 1995
25 Romans 1:32
26 The Family A Proclamation to the World
27 Taken from Here
28 Taken from Here
29 Taken from Here
31 President Kimball Speaks Out on Morality, Ensign, Nov. 1980