There is a lot of misinformation regarding homosexuality. Most commonly, that 10% of American’s are gay. The real number, according to the National Health and Social Life Survey is “2.8% of the male, and 1.4% of the female population.”
So where did the 10% figure come from? In 1950, Alfred Kinsey published his widely touted series of reports on human sexuality. The subjects of his study were prison inmates, of which he found 10% engaged in homosexual behavior. Later, he admitted that his “subjects” were not representative of society at large; and that the actual number was likely far lower.
Another myth that’s had even greater influence is that gayness is genetic. Where did this idea come from? It’s based upon a now discredited study by neuroscientist Steven LaVey. After releasing his findings, the media widely reported that he had found the “gay-gene.” He later admitted, “I did not prove that homosexuality is genetic, or find a genetic cause for being gay. I didn't show that gay men are born that way… Nor did I locate a gay center in the brain.” Yet like the “10%” fallacy, this non-discovery is still widely held up as fact.
More recently, prenatal hormones have been suggested as the source of homosexual orientation. Again, there is no supporting scientific evidence.
So what is the cause? Research strongly suggests that it is developmental; that is, something “happened” in the formative years that imprinted gender confusion on the child’s formative mind. Something the American Psychiatric Association [APA] described as “sexual orientation disorientation” (SOD).
It is for this reason that I don’t see homosexuality as simply a choice. It is more of a sub-conscious compulsion; an irresistible urge to behave in a certain way, often against one's conscious wishes.
But in 1973, homosexuality was removed from the lists of disorders. Why? Joseph Berger, M.D., a Distinguished Fellow with the APA explained: “…the move was purely in response to… those who… claimed that they suffered as a consequence of "homosexuality" being included as a psychiatric disorder… the proposed removal was not intended to make any scientific statement about homosexuality per se. As is so often the case, that distinction has become forgotten by the next generation, who now have come to believe… that the APA was in fact making a scientific statement about the "normality" of homosexuality - and by implication its irreversibility. What happened in the years since is that… gay activists… started to preach the notion that if homosexuality was ‘normal’ then ipso facto no treatment for "it" was necessary, and gradually that evolved into the notion that no treatment should be permitted.”
This why gays object to the historic position of the Church regarding homosexuality. If same-sex attraction is something that was learned, albeit unconsciously, it can be unlearned. Not easily, or quickly, but as Paul reminded the Corinthians about homosexuality, “…that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.” [1 Corinthians 6:11]
Pastor Ken OrtizeAugust 10, 2015