Temptation or Sin?

I got the following article in an e-mail and while there is some interesting reading I have a couple of issues, the entire article can be found on ABP News.Com

Treat homosexuality as ‘temptation,’ not orientation, former gay says By Hannah Elliott 
LAKE FOREST, Calif. (ABP) — For Christians to love homosexuals like Jesus would, they should stop thinking of homosexuality as an orientation and start thinking of it as a temptation, says Tim Wilkins, himself “formerly gay.” While I agree with the thought that homosexuality is not an orientation, lifestyle, or something you are born being the article stops short of the truth. Homosexuality is not a temptation but a sin: 

Lev 20:13 If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood [shall be] upon them.

Rom 1:25-27 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. 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.

I say this not to be mean nor because I am “homophobic” but to set the record straight. It is in the same vain as lying, pride, murder (see Proverbs 6:16-19). God does not distinguish between degrees of sin as man does and God does not judge as man does. We are commanded to abhor that which is evil (Romans 12:9) not those who commit the evil. Even Jesus when he was speaking with the rich young ruler beheld and loved him even though he rejected Jesus (Mark 10:17-23). So I have known some homosexuals and loved them in the name of Jesus just like anyone else. Back to the point: Temptation is not sin. Jesus was tempted in all ways as we were yet without sin (Hebrews 4:15). So yes we are to resist temptation so we do not sin, but let us speak plain about sin and call all sin what it is, sin. We do not need to pussy-foot around it.


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