In an interview with CNN’s Chris Cuomo, Dr. Ben Carson voiced his opinion on homosexuality and gay marriage.
I’m not sure that that was the best example to use to show that homosexual behavior is a choice. But his example of prison sex does show that those straight people obviously weren’t born homosexual. As Carson said, they went to prison straight and then left homosexual. Homosexuals would of course argue that those “converts” were in fact born gay, but they just didn’t know it yet until they spent some time in prison.
In reality, we all have our own sinful desires and impulses that we each have to struggle with. There are two ways to approach those sinful impulses. We can recognize that they’re wrong and truly struggle with them and obtain mastery over them as Christians should.
Or, we can convince ourselves that they’re not sinful, that sin doesn’t even exist, and that these desires and impulses are just “who we are.” It’s part of our identity. And anyone who dares call those things sinful is a judgmental bigot who’s only appealing to an outdated book written by “illiterate goat-herders.”
This isn’t just about homosexual desires. It could be any kind of sexual lust, whether homosexual or heterosexual. It doesn’t even have to do with sexuality at all. Sin takes all sorts of forms. Murderous desires are sinful, even if they aren’t acted upon.
Homosexual desires are no different from any other lust. And when it comes to behavior, that’s obviously a choice. Homosexual acts are choices. Adulterous acts are choices. Murderous acts are choices. Only Christ can give people mastery over these sinful desires:
Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God. Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God. (I Cor. 6:9-11)