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Straight or gay, ‘love’ can’t justify immorality – support group chief

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MANILA, June 6, 2015—The head of an ecumenical support group for persons struggling with unwanted same-sex attraction (SSA) believes “love” cannot be used to justify the legal recognition of what is commonly referred to as a domestic partnership between two males or between two females.

Temptations

“It goes both ways. Like gays, married heterosexual couples do experience temptations. For example, I am married to someone I claim to love, but then comes another person whom I begin to love more than the first. Does this new love justify committing adultery? No, it can’t,” John Zulueta, executive director of Bagong Pag-asa, told TV Maria’s “Know The Truth” show in an interview.

John Zulueta, executive director of Bagong Pag-asa, a support group that serves persons with unwanted same-sex attraction (SSA), maintains that sentiments believed to be “love”, either between heterosexuals or homosexuals, cannot justify immoral behavior. (Photo: Screen grab from KTT)

“While we know that God is love, His love for us is for our own good, not for our destruction,” he added.

Called to chastity

Zulueta went on to explain that the Lord invites everyone, regardless of sexual orientation, to live pure and chaste lives.

According to him, homosexual desires are not sinful in themselves; what’s sinful is acting on those desires.

He pointed out the Bible’s prohibition on fornication and promiscuity applies to all since even heterosexuals are not supposed to have sex until after marriage, while those already married can only do so exclusively with their own spouses.

“All are called to be chaste … All experience temptations,” he declared.

Everyday ‘thorns’

Moreover, Zulueta assured people with same-sex attraction that their condition is not a hindrance to their becoming good Christians as long as they express readiness to welcome God into their lives.

“Like St. Paul, we all have struggles in life. But we can rejoice in the fact that the grace of God is enough to enable us to overcome all our ‘thorns’ … At the end of the day, it’s really God’s grace [that is] at work in us if we only allow the Lord to take control,” he said.

“Let us pattern our lives according to God’s design,” he added. (Raymond A. Sebastián/CBCP News)


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