The Bible has much to say regarding marriage, relationships, and the sin. In fact, the Bible is the ultimate authority on each of those topics. That is why every person reading this website is encouraged to study their Bible carefully as it relates to marriage, sin, temptation, lust, and all the other topics associated with the SSA movement. 

At the very heart of the SSA movement is the question, “Is same-sex attraction sin?” Those who are “same-sex attracted” say very clearly that their attraction is not sin. They base this on the argument that their attraction is a temptation. Since Jesus was tempted without sinning, likewise, their temptation is not sin. 

Sam Allberry explains his attraction with these words. “I am same-sex attracted and have been my entire life. By that, I mean that I have sexual, romantic and deep emotional attractions to people of the same sex.”

Does the Bible address this issue? Consider the following passages of Scripture:

Romans 1:26-32  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 in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them. (KJV)

We see in these verses that men desiring men and women desiring women are called “vile affections.” These affections (desires) are not natural. They are not the way God designed the affections. That is why they are called “vile affections.” 

There is a progression here. Because “they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind…”

A list of sinful actions and attitudes is then presented. A careful examination of the passage will reveal that both sins of action and sins of the mind are listed. For example, sins of action would include wickedness, murder, backbiters, and disobedience to parents. Sins of the mind would include covetousness, without understanding, and without natural affection. Both types of sins are listed because God will judge both types of sins.

Dr. John MacArthur, Pastor and Author says this, “Same-sex attraction is sin in the heart and Jesus says carries the same weight of guilt as the act” (Tweet on 11/5/2014 at 12:51pm). 

In Colossians 3:2-5 Paul write these words. “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory. Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: For which things' sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience”. (KJV)

The NASB translates “inordinate affection, evil concupiscence” as “passion, evil desire”. The Bible clearly teaches that these desires are sinful, just like fornication and covetousness, and must be put to death or the wrath of God will come upon the children of disobedience. 

If a pastor went around the country claiming to be “fornication attracted” or “covetousness attracted” we would lovingly plead with him to put these sinful desires to death by repenting of them and setting his affections on things that are above. We certainly wouldn’t encourage him to invent a new category of Christians who are “fornication attracted” or “covetousness attracted”. 

Sadly, this is exactly what is happening. Rather than identify as a “Christian” and a “saint”, Sam Allberry teaches that we are all “sexual sinners.” He claims that since he is not acting out his desires, there is no sin involved. But the Bible teaches that even the desires are sinful and need to be put to death. 

For a fuller explanation on this topic of sin and temptation, you can read Dr. Owen Strachan’s article here, or Dr. Denny Burk’s lecture here.