In Christ we have a new identity, a new self-understanding, a new daily experience. To the core of our being, we are remade. We are, in fact, renamed. The central truth about us is brand-new. We have taken on the name “Christian,” and lost the name “sinner” which we once did so much to deserve.
Every Christian, of course, must battle temptation. We may feel same-sex attraction or manifold other ungodly instincts rise up within us. We all do. But as with all “evil desire” (2 Peter 1:4), we fight it. We crucify it. We repent of it. We certainly do not enclose it within a bubble called our “orientation” and sanctify it. We break with it and flee from it, for we know it would close itself around our necks and drag us to hell if it could. The person experiencing same-sex attraction is not a special case. Understanding this, and rejecting the now-common spirit of victimhood, is key to victory in this area.
So how do we answer the question, “Is same-sex orientation sinful?” Insofar as same-sex orientation designates the experience of sexual desire for a person of the same-sex, yes, it is sinful. Insofar as same-sex orientation indicates emotional/romantic attractions that brim with erotic possibility, yes, those attractions too are sinful. Insofar as sexual orientation designates an identity, yes, that identity too is a sinful fiction that contradicts God’s purposes for his creation.
Finally, “experiencing attraction to the same sex” is in biblical terms the very definition of a “morally culpable sin” (Romans 1:22-27). We observe a crucial distinction here: I can note that a fellow man is good-looking, but if I am attracted to him (even for an instant), I am sinning, and I should instantaneously confess my sin to God, repent of it, and seek in the fullest possible extent to build in ways of preventing said sin in the future.