Homosexuality, like any form of sexuality outside of the bonds of Christian marriage (meaning one man and one woman cleaving to each other and forsaking all others for life) is a sin. But it is also an abomination, an unatural act or orientation, therefore it is gravely perverse, whether actively dwelt upon in the mind or acted out physically. The Church cannot bless what God condemns, nor can it remain silent when the culture calls evil good and good evil. Those who find themselves dealing with sexually perverse temptations must pray for release and follow Scriptures' command to "flee from sexual immorality". It is a cross to bear to be sure. But the Church and Christians in general do no service to those bearing the cross of homosexual temptations by deluding them into believing the Church does anything--can do anything--but condemn such acts and thoughts as sinful and an afront to God's created order. Much worse, there is a deceptive heresy circulating in our culture that dares to say that God actually approves of the homosexual lifestyle and that those who engage in it are in no danger. All too often, this lie is told from Anglican/Episcopalian pulpits. And yet, to those erring priests, to the culture, and even to the whole world St. Paul responds with God's truth: "Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God" (1 Corinthians 6:9-10, emphasis added). God is neither a geni nor Santa Claus who gives you what you wish for, no matter how destructive to you it may be, just because you wish for it or because he's so darn lovable. He is God, the eternal Soveriegn of the Universe. He is its Creator, Sustainer, and Sanctifier. He is also the Father to those who are baptized in His name and live by faith. We fool ourselves if we believe that we can accept God only on our own terms. That it is our choice what we do no one else's business. We are not our own. Like any good Father, He will not withold from us any good thing, but He will not give His blessing to things which are not good for us and He demands our obedience to His determinations because He knows what's best for us, even when we can't see it. So, while we are invited to come to Christ just as we are, sins and all; we must never believe that God is ok with us staying as we are. There is a way that seems good to man, but in the end it leads to destruction. We must follow God's way in this life if we are to reach God's planned destination for us in the next. Now, to point out God's truth can sometimes be unpleasant to the sinner, especially when the sinner is not ready to repent, to give up his sin and commit to do all in his power with God's help to live a new life. I am sure everyone here knows this feeling all too well. I certainly do. I struggle against the flesh like anybody. But it is not bullying to preach the whole Gospel, even the unpleasant bits, and it is only arrogance to those who do not believe. Nevertheless, God's truth must be proclaimed by God's people. Otherwise, what good are we? The single greatest act of charity that one can perform is to bring the lost and mired in sin to the saving truth of the Gospel. Alternatively, to remain silent and allow others to continue down the destructive path of sin, or to even approve of it, when one knows where the road will ultimately lead them if unrepented, is, to my mind, just about the worst evil a person can commit against someone else. The import of what we are talking about here is nothing less than heaven and hell. Therefore, the Christian response to the homosexual is the same as to any sinner struggling with a persistent temptation: Take up your cross and follow Christ in humble obedience to God. He will help you bear your burden. As will we.