I recently ran into the bizarre claim that most people choosing to be wedded as homosexuals are not evil individuals.
Which is an interesting claim.
Fornication and adultery are second to murder. Only murder and the unforgivable sin are more severe. Committing state approved fornication doesn’t change that.
Alma 39:5 Know ye not, my son, that these things are an abomination in the sight of the Lord; yea, most abominable above all sins save it be the shedding of innocent blood or denying the Holy Ghost?
If one is committing such sin many times, in a prolonged and regular manner, then one is regularly committing a sin that is second to murder.
Whether we are good or evil is determine by our actions. If we choose good actions, we are good. If we choose evil actions we are evil.
D&C 29:44 And they that believe not unto eternal damnation; for they cannot be redeemed from their spiritual fall, because they repent not;
45 For they love darkness rather than light, and their deeds are evil, and they receive their wages of whom they list to obey.
Note that this scripture equate “repenting not” with “loving darkness rather than light”.
Regularly committing the sin that is second to murder is choosing to be evil. If the sin next to murder isn’t evil, the word evil doesn’t mean anything anymore.
The critical importance that is placed on chastity is one of the defining traits of the Lord’s truth, and is one of the things that have so powerfully motivated wicked men against the prophets in both ancient and modern times.
In the true church, immorality isn’t a small matter. It is second to murder. It is a really big deal. In the true church breaking the law of chastity is evil. Those who chose to do so are being wicked. Someone who is continually choosing such things is wicked. He is evil. These are truths that are offensive to the world. But they are truths the world, and our own membership, are in desperate need of. Our youth cannot know what we will not plainly teach.
Among moral sins, homosexuality is described in particularly strong terms in the scriptures.
Romans 1: 26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.
28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;
We must not back down on clearly teaching the consequences of sin, as that is part of our divine obligation to save the souls of men. Satan inspires wicked men to rationalize their wicked behavior instead of repenting. The spirit of Christ will instead inspire them with feelings of guilt and shame for sin and try and lead them to repentance. We need to help them to come out from hiding behind rationalizations so they can repent and find real peace instead of the hollow peace of rationalization and the end result of eternal misery. A man who is choosing evil may repent, and instead choose to be good. He may find peace and forgiveness through the atonement of Christ.