The Changing Hypothesis

By Guthrie Dean

Psychology and psychiatry are changing their hypothesis with reference to homosexuality. At one time it was difficult to convict a criminal because some psychiatrist was trying to either prove him sick or insane. One caught stealing was not a thief, he was bothered with kleptomania, so the doctor affirmed, One was not a drunkard, he was somewhat of an alcoholic, however. A sex maniac was not really a criminal, he was just a little sick. But now the hypothesis is changing. With reference to homosexuality, Dr. Richard Green, associate professor of psychiatry at the University of California Medical School, is quoted as saying: “The current thinking of psychology and psychiatry, (is that) homosexuality is considered only a variant of sexual behavior and not a sickness.” (Arkansas Gazette, Thursday, November 15, 1973). Well, so they’ve changed again. It moved from sin, to sickness, to only a variant of sexual behavior. And already tons of books are being printed and circulated trying to prove that homosexuality is not a variant but only the normal way for a minority of the people to behave. So all of this psychology and psychiatry business proves nothing when it comes to sin. Drunkenness is sin, stealing is sin, murder is sin, and sexual immorality is sin. No label and no changing hypothesis can change that fact. Psychology makes its first mistake when it tries to treat man’s needs while leaving man’s soul out of the picture. Sin is a soul-damning practice and must be dealt with as such. And “the soul that sinneth it shall die” (Ezek. 18:4).

Truth Magazine XX: 41, p. 653
October 14, 1976