Pastor: All sin, including homosexuality, is ‘genetic’

Friday, February 1, 2013
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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.

Jeffress, Rev. Robert (FBC Dallas)

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 "genetic."

"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 temptation.

"The sin is not in the struggle -- it's in giving in to the struggle."

Jeffress there is nothing new in that teaching because he has been preaching and teaching it for 15 years.

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