I would have to disagree that homosexual attraction or orientation is not a sin but homosexual behavior is a sin. St Paul tells us in Romans 1 that homosexuality is against nature and by default an act of lawlessness. Oh did he now?
Yes, he did. You even quoted the scripture "abandoned natural relations...received in themselves the due penalty of their error."
. From the context, it is obvious St Paul speaks of homosexuality as "abandoning natural relations". And concludes there is a judgment for this error. If homosexuality is not lawlessness, there would be no penalty.
Romans 1:26, 27:
"Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error."
Actually, he is clearly referring to lust and actions.[/quote]
He is not referring to lust and actions only. He is talking about abandoning natural order. Homosexuality will always be an unnatural order.
If I'm attracted to women, am I sinning?
If you are attracted to women in the natural order of God's plan, then no. But if you are attracted to every women with two legs that you see then yes, you are sinning. This is from Christ himself.
What about if someone is attracted to members of the same sex?
This is worse. At least attraction to women is in God's plan. Homosexuality is not nor will it ever be.
How about Fr. Seraphim Rose, who was gay, yet didn't exercise his feelings and didn't entertain his desires?
Then "he will receive in himself the penalty due for his error". It is irrelevant if the person is a priest or not. It is irrelevant if a person actually commits a homosexual act or simply had a homosexual desire. Having homosexual feelings or attraction is no different than committing homosexual "adultery in his heart".
Would you argue that a person who has pedophilic attraction if he never acts on it, is not sinning? No. Pedophilia, like homosexuality, is unnatural and a violation of God's holiness. If one has such feelings, he must repent.
Is this not Orthodox theology?
No, as who you are attracted to is not something that can be sinful.[/quote]
It is sinful, if such an attraction was outside God's plan. I refer back to St John Chrysostom. Eating rocks for food is a sin. Even thinking of eating rocks for food instead of actual food is a sin. Homosexuality (and homosexual attraction) is worse because this abomination completely curses God's plan for marriage and therefore curses God entirely.
But acting on that, and entertaining lustful thoughts is what is sinful.
What Fr. Seraphim Rose sinning on his deathbed just because he was attracted to other men? It's just absolutely stupid to say that your sexual orientation is a sin. It's a product of the "uck" factor that people feel, and this false assumption that it's impossible to be born gay.
impossible to be born gay. If people were born gay, then God who condemned homosexuality in the Old and New Testaments, would be an evil god for creating a person gay and then forbidding homosexuality.
What? Is heterosexuality the only non-sinful orientation?
Yes if done according to God's will and time.
Should all homosexuals be driven into heterosexuality?
Yes. A sin is a sin and it will lead to eternal condemnation if not repented.
Will they only be repentant then?
No. All forms of sexual immorality requires repentance. Acts 15.
No, as I said before. Orthodoxy teaches that it is the lust, the thoughts and the actions that determine if you are sinning. It isn't your state.
How do one know one is homosexual if one doesn't have the lusts, the thoughts and the actions? Even if I saw two men committing homosexual acts and I simply turned my head to watch without any inclination of turning my head away, I would be condoning their actions and by default breaking God's commandment who said such things receive condemnation. Simply refusing to turn my head to watch is an act of lust. And simply condoning homosexuality is wrong.
Being born homosexual is no different than a little child who is born addicted to crack.
Not true. "No specific disorders or conditions have been found to result for people whose mothers used cocaine while pregnant. Studies focusing on children of six years and younger have not shown any direct, long-term effects of PCE (prenatal cocain exposure) on language, growth, or development as measured by test scores. PCE also appears to have little effect on infant growth....Almost every prenatal complication originally thought to be due directly to PCE was found to result from confounding factors such as poor maternal nutrition, use of other drugs, depression, and lack of prenatal care. More recently the scientific community has begun to reach an understanding that PCE does have some important effects but that they are not severe as was predicted in the early studies. Most people who were exposed to cocaine in utero are normal.
 The effects of PCE are subtle but they exist." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prenatal_cocaine_exposure
Even if I were to believe an actual causal relationship with prenatal cocaine exposure exists, it doesn't mean the child will automatically be a cocaine addict. There is no excuse for the child for taking cocaine later in life. Additionally, a child born exposed to a mother who had homosexual sex during pregnancy will not become homosexual.
Yet that little child has committed no sin, and would receive a full Orthodox funeral if he dies before his baptism and dies at a young age. However, that little child, as he grows up, will indeed sin if he actually abuses drugs, acting on his addiction.
Same for those addicted to nicotine. People who don't smoke anymore, or who don't drink anymore, but who are still addicted to nicotine and alcohol aren't sinning just by being addicted. They would sin though if they smoked, or if they got drunk.
This is confounding two separate issues. Those who have fallen into addiction and repented are not the same as those who are addicted and refuse to acknowledge that addiction is a sin. The refusal itself is the sin.