But Tevai (Bobby) Matapo, who is also the president of the Religious Advisory Council, says such choices are in direct conflict with the authority of God’s word.
In a personal reaction to the draft Crimes Bill 2017 which decriminalises homosexuality, Matapo says God has designed human beings as male and female, and His plan for sexuality is that one man and one woman would enjoy sexual intimacy within the confines of marriage.
“So if a person chooses to live a homosexual, bisexual, or transgender lifestyle, he or she is choosing a perversion of God’s good design,” says Matapo.
Matapo says there is much debate about whether homosexual tendencies are the result of so-called “gay gene”, or if it is a choice.
He says the Bible teaches that man is born with a sin nature, and God commands believers to put to death the deeds of the flesh (Romans 8:13).
“To put it simply, the biblical standard is either to enter an appropriate marriage – between one man and one woman – or to remain abstinent (Matthew 19:4-6, 11-12; 1 Corinthians 7:7-9),” he adds.
Matapo says obedience is required of the believer in every area of their lives, including their sexuality.
He adds if they allow existing desires to determine what is right or wrong, then there is ultimately no standard of morality.
“Human history constantly reveal that the desires of the hearts of men, apart from Jesus Christ, have always led to destruction and judgment (Genesis 6:5; 8:21; Jeremiah 17:9; Romans 3:9.23).”
Matapo says human rights are grounded solely in God, and the supposed “right” to engage in homosexual behaviour is not something God’s word allows, without severe consequences (1 Corinthians 6.9-11).
So what are Christians called to do for people who have embraced homosexual, bisexual, or transgender lifestyle?
“The Bible says we are agents of hope and change through the preaching of the Gospel of Christ with unbelievers (2 Corinthians 5.20),” explains Matapo.
“We must have a compassionate heart and encourage unbelievers (that’s anyone who chooses to live his/her life contrary to God’s word) to repent of their sins and have faith in the lord Jesus Christ.
“The only hope for the abolition of the hatred and mistreatment of any group of people, including those engaged in sexual sin, is in submitting to God and being washed clean by Jesus Christ.”