The mantra in the Mormon church now days with regard to LGBTQ people is “It’s OK to be Gay, just don’t act upon it” From a talk by Elder Ballard

Let us be clear: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints believes that ‘the experience of same-sex attraction is a complex reality for many people. The attraction itself is not a sin, but acting on it is. Even though individuals do not choose to have such attractions, they do choose how to respond to them. With love and understanding, the Church reaches out to all God’s children, including [those with same-sex attraction].’”

CES Devotional, 2014

There are gay members that buy into this 100%! See this from a few days ago on

But is this really what Jesus taught in the Bible? I found this interesting take on “forced celibacies” for gay people in a Christian context

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus says that we should avoid not only sinful acts, but also the desires for those acts—lust in addition to adultery, anger in addition to murder (Matthew 5:21-30). If all same-sex relationships are sinful, then same-sex attraction would be morally culpable as well.

Although many non-affirming Christians increasingly want to say there is nothing wrong with being gay as long as you aren’t in a gay relationship, this distinction is not supported by Scripture.  It makes no more sense to say “it’s OK to be gay as long as you don’t act on it” than to say “it’s OK to feel greedy as long as you don’t steal.”

Brief Biblical Case for LGBTQ Inclusion

I had never thought of this before, but it raises an interesting point. Jesus taught that even the thought (desire) to do something wrong is a sin. But “non-affirming” Christian thought, and Mormon’s are part of this, are making a carve out on this principle. The fact is, you can’t have it both ways. If the act is sinful, the desire for that act is sinful. There is no “except for gays” clause in the Sermon on the Mount.

I could see an ultra TBM take the above thought and use to to condemn all LGBTQ people. But what I would hope for is that Christians would see the absurdity of forcing a gay person to be celibate. If having the feelings is OK, then acting on them in a legal and morally way should also be OK. If it is not OK, then the desire should also be not OK.

Have you heard of this argument before? Does it hold water, or am I missing something?

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