At 1 Corinthians 7:9 the apostle Paul wrote:
"But if they do not have self-control, let them marry,
for it is better to marry than to be inflamed with passion."
That was good counsel from Paul to the Corinthians. Corinth was a decadent city rampant with sexual immorality. No doubt that could have presented many temptations to the Christians living there. So in marriage they could properly find an outlet for their inflamed sexual passions. But what about homosexuals, especially male homosexuals, who are the ones that have to perform sexually? Many, if not most, just couldn't marry, couldn't have sex with a female. What were they to do?
Sex with a female? No way!
Compare this question,
"To masturbate or not to masturbate?"
in the Ask Anything post.
Click on the Ask Anything post title here to go directly to the post.
Today we live in a world filled with sexual immorality. Pornography is everywhere and easily accessible, stirring up sexual passions. A gay brother once said, 'You know, a person could be an amputee but could still marry and experience love and have sexual relations to help satisfy his sexual passions and fulfill that need for emotional intimacy.' Not being able to experience marriage where love and sexual intimacies can be enjoyed, many gays feel unloved and unlovable. Some gays feel they are unloved and unlovable even by Jehovah. What can help such gays?
Well, there's a posting here in the Forum post, God's View of Homosexuality, (Click on the title here to go directly to the post), and it addresses what gays can do if their homosexual desires don't go away, that their homosexual desires were not just a passing infatuation. The topic is helpful even though our complex dilemma may defy a solution, plus our circumstances as gay Christians can vary greatly one from another.
OK, so we can't experience eros. That means, incredibly sad as it may be, that we can't experience, as the Branch explained, that bond of the pleasure of sexual intimacy along with a close emotional connection. In the end then and, regrettably, our lot in life in this system is celibacy.
But what about the other loves mentioned in the Bible?
agape, principled love
phileo, brotherly love
An encouraging song about brotherly love. Just click on the song title to see the lyrics and hear the song being sung. The digital button gives you the lyrics to the song being sung. Then click also on the video button to watch a music video appropriate to the song.
Spiritual gay brothers will always be there
to comfort, encourage, and reassure.
and storge, familial love.
Just click on the song title to play the song. The digital edition button gives you the lyrics to the song being sung. Then click also on the video button to watch a music video accompanying the song.
We are a world-wide family.
Could we concentrate on those loves?
There is a great article on these four loves here.
Just click on the title to read the article:
And the article talks about God's love of us. Wouldn't that be the greatest feeling of being loved and being lovable?! Here's an encouraging song about love. Click on the title, then the digital edition button, to see the lyrics and to hear the song being sung.
What we owe gay Jehovah's Witnesses