A prominent Southern Baptist pastor believes it's possible that
homosexuality could be genetic, although there is no scientific
proof of that. Regardless, says the pastor, homosexuality remains
sinful behavior in God's eyes.
Dr. Robert Jeffress of First Baptist Church-Dallas reaffirms that the
Bible clearly condemns homosexual behavior. "I think those who try
to put a new interpretation to the prohibitions against
homosexuality are having to perform interpretive gymnastics to come
at any interpretation of the Bible that would allow for
homosexuality in a committed relationship," he stated in an
interview with The Associated Press.
In an interview with OneNewsNow, the Baptist pastor suggests
that Romans 5 teaches "that all sin is genetic. It comes from our
forefather Adam." He says there are likely genetic links to
addictions and violence.
"We shouldn't be surprised that there might be a genetic link to
homosexuality, but that doesn't mean it's acceptable behavior," he
tells OneNewsNow. "The fact is we've all sinned, we've all fallen
short, and [we all] need God's forgiveness."
Jeffress was asked if it would be more appropriate to use the
phrase "born with the nature of sin" rather than the word
"Well, to me that's genetic," he says with a laugh. "And again,
I think the real problem here is whether you're saying it's
'genetic' or 'born with the nature to sin,' if somehow people make
the assumption, Well oh, then that means it's okay, God created
me that way. No."
The Associated Press interview with Jeffress implied he
does not believe in reparative therapy for homosexuals. "Trying to
cure the struggle is probably misplaced," he told AP.
"Instead of trying to cure people of the struggle, I think what we
need to teach people is how to deal successfully with the struggle
and not give in to the struggle."
The pastor states he does not know if it is valid or not, but he
believes it is false to state that a person will be completely
delivered from temptation.
"I don't ever teach men in our church that if you just pray hard
enough that you'll be delivered from any temptation," he explains
to OneNewsNow. "Rather, I think what the Bible teaches us to do is
how to deal with that temptation and not give in to that
"The sin is not in the struggle -- it's in giving in to
Jeffress there is nothing new in that teaching because he has
been preaching and teaching it for 15 years.