The ground was prepared long ago in churches that claim to be orthodox for the difficulties they are now having with the insistence that same-sex desires are admissible in Christian identity as long as the professed Christian remains physically celibate. The inviting loopholes through which these people have moved are numerous statements that will identify only homosexual activity as sin, stopping short of including in these definitions the sinfulness of the desire that lies at its base. Since statements of this kind are invariably produced by theologically sophisticated people, it is difficult to believe . . .
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