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We’re all broken. What then?

"We’re all broken. What then?" Continued...

See, I don’t think it’s sin to be broken. It’s the result of sin to be broken. But to just be that way, to feel that way, I don’t think is any more sin than my feeling heterosexual. It’s unnatural, it’s broken, but now I have the choice with my heterosexuality to make it sin or to make it holy.

A person who wrestles with homosexual temptations and desires has the same choice: to sin with it, or to be chaste and to seek to overcome and to move into something more God-appointed.

So don’t hear me isolating it as the worst of all sins. It is part of a brokenness that I share.

I think John Piper’s personality is broken. I could give you specifics: they would have to do with anger, self-pity. And I’m just wired to like certain sins a lot. I think it’s partly genetic. I saw it in my grandmother and my mother. I think it’s partly family-based, and it’s just me. I’m broken.

So I can choose to let that brokenness govern me and turn it into sins. Or I can choose to say, “I’m going to deal with the brokenness I have and try to steer my way through my brokenness to do as much good for others and avoid as much sin as I can.”

Why Is Homosexuality Wrong? from Desiring God on Vimeo.

John Piper
John Piper

John is founder and teacher of desiringGod.org and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary.

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