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Q&A 2023 Dave Scharf

How should I help my child struggling with same-sex attraction?

Treat same-sex attraction as a sin, not as THE sin. One of the devil’s tricks is to convince us that one sin is greater than others in God’s eyes because we may not be tempted by it. This attitude further ostracizes the person struggling with this particular sin.

Be careful not to treat this sin differently

Make no mistake. God is clear that same-sex attraction is a sin. “Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God” (1 Corinthians 6:9,10). But notice the other sins listed alongside homosexuality. Do you struggle with any of those at times? The struggle is the key. The apostle Paul is speaking about characteristic sin, that is, identifying with the sin rather than struggling against it. This sin, along with every other sin, is damning.
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