I love everybody, but I don't like their lifestyle, so I'm going to pray against their demon-possessed sexuality. I love the sinner, hate the sin, cause Christ said I should.
The idea of homosexuality being genetic is a concept that is relatively new in Neuroscience. Critics of genetically explained homosexuality should probably brush up on their neuroscience a bit...because there has been irrefutable evidence that the physical brains of homosexuals are notably different both physically and psychologically. It has to do with the configuration of neurons and brain chemistry which results, in part, in same-sex attraction.
But one might ask, "How does this excuse engaging in deviant behavior?"
My answer to such a question is..."Why is it your business? How does what two people do in the privacy of their homes, or who they choose to bind to with that unconditional love affect you? Why and by what means do you have the moral authority to judge me or my partner, friend, neighbor, or random street-met person?"
The short answer is: You don't!
Mat 7:1-6 (NKJ)
(1) Judge not, that ye be not judged.
(2) For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.
(3) And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?
(4) Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?
(5) Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye.
(6) Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.
There's no hidden context here people. It's a plain Jane, simply-stated, direct-to-the-point, pearl of wisdom, truth, and pragmatism. DON'T JUDGE OTHERS.
Prayer is used to enrich all the world, not for your selfish wants or agenda. Prayer is the exaltation of our needs and pleas to the Lord, that he may look into our hearts, seeking our motive, and provide the means where his glory, honor, and love is served. Jesus taught us how to pray. He condemned the prayers of the pharisees who he repeatedly labeled as hypocrites because their concerns were for themselves and their motives disgustingly selfish in every regard. These pastors who stand up and teach parents or prospective parents to look at their gay children in disgust or to abuse them emotionally, to "smack some sense" into your over-feminine son, or your daughter who likes hunting and roughing it up a bit too much is about the most abominable display of moral failure I have ever seen.
Mat 7:15-20 (NKJ)
(15) Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
(16) Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
(17) Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.
(18) A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
(19) Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
(20) Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
And for people's edification, what are those fruits of the spirit that we should look at within every person who claims to have Christ?
Gal 5:22-23 (NKJ)
(22) But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
(23) Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
Asking one to pray away the gay is like asking one to pray away the Black, or the Asian or the Mexican or the Woman. It's like asking God to cast the Nerd out of a nerd or the art out of an artist or the car smarts from the mechanic.
God won't cast out what makes you, you. But he'll take your hand and help you up. He'll teach you values like love thy neighbor, and he'll teach things like "do unto others."
Jesus doesn't teach hate or ignorance. He teaches community, love, compassion, and tolerance: The core values of Christianity.