The concept of being born again implies change, old things passing away, and resulting newness of life. The work of overcoming homosexuality must begin in the heart, and we must come into such a relation with God, that Jesus can put His divine mold upon us. We must be emptied of self in order to give room to Jesus. But so often here’s where the problem lies. We have our hearts so filled with idols that they have no room for the Redeemer of the world. The very thing we want to overcome quite often holds our hearts in captivity. While resisting overt behavior, we still center our thoughts and affections upon the desires of the flesh. In addition, we hold to our opinions and ways, and cherish them as idols in the soul. Self asserts itself; but we cannot afford to yield ourselves to the service of self, holding to our own ways and ideas, and excluding the truth of God.
We must be emptied of self. But this is not all that is required; for when we have renounced our idols, the vacuum must be supplied. If the heart is left desolate, and the vacuum not supplied, it will be in the condition of him whose house was “empty, swept, and garnished” (Matthew 12:44), but without a guest to occupy it. The evil spirit took unto himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they entered in and dwelt there; and the last state of that man was worse than the first….
You may feel that you cannot meet the approval of heaven. You may think and say, “I was born with a natural tendency toward this evil, and I cannot overcome.” But every provision has been made by our heavenly Father whereby you may be able to overcome every unholy tendency. You are expected to overcome even as Christ overcame in your behalf. He says, “To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne” (Revelation 3:21).
It was sin that imperiled the human family; and before man was even created the provision was made that if man failed to bear the test, Jesus would become His sacrifice and surety, that through faith in Him, man might be reconciled to God, for Christ was the Lamb “slain from the foundation of the world” (Revelation 13:8)
Christ died on Calvary that you might have power to overcome your natural tendencies to sin; that you might overcome even your “natural tendency” towards homosexuality!
But you might say, “Can I not have my own way, and act myself? Can I not be a born again homosexual, keep my gay relationship, and still serve the Lord?”
According to Scripture, no, you cannot have your way, and enter the kingdom of heaven. No “my way” will be there. No human ways will find place in the kingdom of heaven. Our ways must be lost in God’s ways.
“Except a man be born again [of water and of the Spirit], he cannot see the kingdom of God.” (John 3:3,5) “Shall we continue in sin [transgressing God’s law], that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up…, even so we also should walk in newness of life. …Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. For he that is dead is freed from sin” (See Romans 6)
He that is truly born again will yield his homosexuality over to Christ, painful though it may be, for to continue therein is to continue in sin, placing one’s homosexuality above allegiance to Christ. And Jesus says, “Thou shalt have no other gods before me.” “If ye love me, keep my commandments.”
All Power to you!