Ἢ οὐκ οἴδατε ὅτι ἄδικοι θεοῦ βασιλείαν οὐ κληρονομήσουσιν; μὴ πλανᾶσθε· οὔτε πόρνοι οὔτε εἰδωλολάτραι οὔτε μοιχοὶ οὔτε μαλακοὶ οὔτε ἀρσενοκοῖται (arsenokoites)
Dr. Simmons also stated that the Gk word paiderfastis would have been used by Paul to point out homosexual orientation in the verse. She also says that the bible is ambiguous or does not address how atoms split or when slavery should have ended, but it does lay down the greater principle of how we should live and that is rooted and grounded in love.
Leviticus 18:22 ~ "Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it [is] abomination."
So far as love is concerned, it is the ultimate form of selfishness for the church to make an excuse for sin, especially when there is an eternal implication. Dr. Simmons and people like her show the ultimate disdain for homosexuals by not telling the truth, handling the scripture responsibly and explaining the scripture properly.
Is There A Difference Between Orientation & Behavior?
Imaginations and thoughts contrary to the word and order of God were meant to be "pulled down". this carries the thought of controlling and holding, directing and possessing the thoughts and desires. Thoughts can be temptations, but they could also indicate the condition of the heart. This is the distinguishment within scripture. Because sin is so deeply intertwined within our being, it often reveals itself in a though pattern, which was meant to be controlled by the believer in Christ. Here was a technique to control thoughts:
Philippians 4:8 ~ "Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things [are] honest, whatsoever things [are] just, whatsoever things [are] pure, whatsoever things [are] lovely, whatsoever things [are] of good report; if [there be] any virtue, and if [there be] any praise, think on these things."
Psalms 1:1-3 ~ "1-Blessed [is] the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. 2-But his delight [is] in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. 3-And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper."
The mind of the believer must be transformed and renewed and brought out of line with society:
Romans 12:2 ~ "And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God."
Who can do this? Only Christ! Our effort or strength is not enough, but reliance upon him and his grace is the only way to overcome these temptations and be successful in his service. Fellowship with believers who affirm the power of God is essential. This is a spiritual battle and it must be fought through spiritual means.
Sadly, too many of those claiming titles of Reverend and Doctor these days have no clues as to what that power is or how it actually works in the hearts and minds of men and women that need to be delivered from their sins.
2 Corinthians 5:17 ~ "Therefore if any man [be] in Christ, [he is] a NEW CREATURE: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new"