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About 94% of the population of Egypt are Muslim. The largest minority religious group are Coptic Christians - members of The Christian Coptic Orthodox Church of Egypt.  The Copts are heavily persecuted. Even worse off are the Coptic Christians who are also gay or lesbian.

Fr. M. Mikhail of St. Mark Coptic Orthodox Church in Seven Hills OH has written an essay on his church's beliefs concerning homosexuality. Some of his points are listed below:

bullet About homosexuality itself:
bullet No society in history has accepted homosexuality as normal.
bullet Gays and lesbians have never been comfortable about revealing their sexual orientation. 
bullet Nobody is born homosexual.
bullet A homosexual orientation can be controlled.
bullet One's genes do not determine their sexual "preference."
bullet Some people become homosexual because of a hostile parent.
bullet Others become homosexual by thinking positively about gay/lesbian activity, and experimenting with it.
bullet The church and homosexuality:
bullet Homosexuality is a sin, according to the Bible, Coptic tradition and church creed.
bullet It is condemned by God.
bullet Sex is only proper between a man and woman who are married to each other.
bullet Leviticus 18:22: This passage condemns homosexuality.
bullet Leviticus 20:13: This verse goes further and condemns them to death.
bullet Genesis 19:1-29: God destroyed Sodom because of homosexuality.
bullet Romans 1:24-28: Homosexuality is a depraved passion
bullet 1 Corinthians 6:9-10: Homosexuals will not go to heaven.
bullet 1 Timothy 1:9-10: Agrees.
bullet Jude 7: Sodom's sin was homosexuality; Homosexuals will undergo a "punishment of eternal fire." -- presumably eternally in Hell.
bullet St. Athanasius stated that homosexual behavior abolish the purpose of the creation of the world, and of Christ's mission.
bullet Homosexuals will not repent of their sins.
bullet Active homosexuals are not saved.
bullet The "Gay church" is a shame to Christianity.
bullet Church tradition states that homosexual acts "are always objectively grave evil and intrinsically disordered...Homosexuality was regarded as a sin against nature and as such abhorrent."
bullet Within marriage, the husband is the leader and head; the wife must "demand, encourage and enable" her husband's leadership. This balance of power cannot work in a homosexual partnership.
bullet Homosexuals are "foolish, faithless, heartless and ruthless."
bullet How homosexuals can become heterosexual:
bullet Homosexuality is a learned behavior and thus can be changed.
bullet Three preconditions to becoming heterosexual again are: to have a strong desire to become straight, to seek and accept God's power and to accept support from others.
bullet Studying the Bible helps; in particular, dwell on the anti-gay verses.
bullet Study homosexuality in history.
bullet Learn why God created a man and women.
bullet Gain self control and self respect.
bullet Etc.
bullet Conclusion:
bullet "Homosexuality is a sin, and a homosexual who wants to recover should see it as such and repent."

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Related essays:

Fr. Mikhail's essay describes the conventional conservative Christian belief system about homosexuality. Although he is Eastern Orthodox, the beliefs of Southern Baptists and other conservative Protestants differ little. 

We have a number of essays which describe homosexuality from all sides in (we think) a balanced manner:

bullet An essay on the nature of sexual orientation
bullet An essay on homosexuality in the Bible
bullet The effectiveness and safety of reparative therapy

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Reference:

  1. Fr. M. Mikhail, "The Coptic Orthodox Church's view on homosexuality," at: http://pharos.bu.edu/cn/articles/OnHomosexuality.txt 

Copyright date: 1999-JUL-12
Latest update: 1999-JUL-12
Author: B.A. Robinson

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