Yes, they can be made to pass away, for the apostle Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 5:17, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. ” However, we must realize that this is a process that requires time and cooperative effort on the part of the one struggling against the bondage and addiction of homosexuality as with other sinful orientations.

It is important that you make a daily commitment to follow Jesus, that you daily submit to His lordship, that you daily resist the devil’s temptations to homosexual thoughts and behavior. This daily conversion process brings you into a new relation with God. Old things, your natural passions and hereditary and cultivated tendencies to wrong, to homosexuality, pass away, and you are renewed and redirected and reconditioned. But this work must be continual; for as long as Satan exists, he will make an effort to carry on his work.

As you strive to serve God you will encounter a strong undercurrent of wrong. Your heart needs to be barricaded by constant watchfulness and prayer, or else the embankment will give way; and like a millstream, the undercurrent of wrong will sweep away the safeguard. No renewed heart can be kept in the right way without the daily application of the principles of the Word. Divine grace must be received daily, or no man will stay converted. . . .

Test and trial will come to every soul that loves God. The Lord does not work a miracle to prevent this ordeal of trial, to shield His people from the temptations of the enemy. . . . Characters are to be developed that will decide the fitness of the human family for the heavenly home–characters that will stand through the pressure of unfavorable circumstances in private and public life, and that will, under the severest temptations, through the grace of God grow brave and true, be firm as a rock to principle, and come forth from the fiery ordeal, of more value than precious gold. God will claim as His own, as His elect and chosen, those who possess such characters. . . .

The Lord accepts no halfhearted service. He demands the whole man. Religion is to be brought into every phase of life, carried into labor of every kind. The whole being is to be under God’s control. You must not think that you can take supervision of your own thoughts. They must be brought into captivity to Christ. Self cannot manage self; it is not sufficient for the work. . . . God alone can make and keep you loyal.

“For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.” 2 Cor. 4:16. {ohc215}