Agreed. That has always been my position. I think the bigger question I have is, "what difference does it make"? We will never really know. How does Paulīs sexuality affect oneīs spirituality? Does it really matter in the overall scheme of things?
It does in context to what the Bible says about holiness. Holiness means that one (or a group) are set apart for God's purposes.
My best way to relate this is using the military. There are certain things that the civilians can do that military personnel can't legally do. They can't grow beards, the hair has to be a certain length, and they are held to two different laws in the same state. If a soldier messes up, it is far more inflated to the public than if a civilian messes up. One could say that the military is held to a higher standard than the rest of the population. And as a soldier, military standards must penetrate every aspect of the soldier's life.
In the same way, God's people are set apart, held to a higher standard than the non-believers. Our dedication to honor God must penetrate every aspect of our lives, including our sexuality. To withhold sexuality from God's standards would be to refuse Him honor in that aspect of our lives.
So, its moreso about holiness than it is about righteousness. Its not whether or not one has a choice in their sexual preference. Its whether or not one is willing to submit the most important thing they have to God. This is always the hardest thing to give up. That is why Jesus told His disciples to count the cost before following Him. Abraham was willing to give his one and only son for God. Because of that, God chose Abraham to be the father of many nations, set apart for God's righteousness.
And that's not quite all. God chose Abraham to be set apart so that Abraham would be intentionally devoted to doing righteous deeds. Not just so Abraham could live happily and peacefully in his own land, minding his own business. He was devoted to a mission. He was set apart for righteousness. So holiness and righteousness are two different things. That's why I don't take an active part in telling people they are wrong for being homosexual. If they don't care about what's important to God, then it does very little good to go on and on about holiness.
Edited by Bluefinger, 27 June 2013 - 07:01 PM.