Monday, May 14

Romans 1:26-27 (First, the bad news)

Romans 1:26-27 For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error.

The Apostle Paul is very clear in this passage that homosexual activity is not only a sin and wrong, but it goes against nature. People know that it is contrary to nature. They do not have to conduct studies because it is obvious that it is a dysfunctional practice that the human body is ill designed to perform. Many practice this behavior and claim they were born with these desires. Others say that it is an alternate lifestyle that is just as valid as a heterosexual relationship. If this logic were valid, then any abnormal sexual behavior could be justified by a person claiming he was born that way or because it was an alternate choice. Polygamy, nudism, and whatever else people came up with, would also fit under the same umbrella.

Paul, in this passage, says otherwise when he says that natural relations were exchanged for those contrary to nature. He points out that those practicing such acts are shameless and consumed with passion. Therefore, they become obsessed at the expense of other human activities and receive, in this life, the due penalty for this error. Statistics bear out that homosexual activity brings increased diseases to those that practice the behavior. Aids, hepatitis, rectal cancer are a few diseases that take an increased toll on homosexuals.

Most in our secular culture validate homosexuality as normal and O.K. Also, many liberal and “emergent” professing Christians also assert that homosexual activity is valid as long as fidelity is maintained between the partners. Christians that take the Bible seriously view the practice exactly as Paul explains here in these two verses. For having this belief, conservative Christians are falsely accused of hating homosexuals. The fact is that all people, including believers, are sinners and struggle with sin. While hating our sin first and in others next is appropriate, hating sinners is not appropriate and would only mean a hatred for everyone on planet earth. We are to love all human beings, including those that practice this particular sin.

Praise God that his Word in its entirety enables us to form a Christian world-view that allows Christians to sort through all of the secular misinformation and Christian false teaching and come to a right understanding on the subject of homosexuality.

8 comments:

Penless Thoughts said...

Totally agree with all you've said except:

"Also, many liberal and “emergent” Christians also assert that homosexual activity is valid as long as fidelity is maintained between the partners. "

They are not Christians but SO CALLED (by themselves) Christians!!! No true follower of Christ - which is what a Christian is - could or would take that stand. I know this was just a slip of the tongue!

As I keep repeating, I value and appreciate your writing AND the wonderful pictures you post to highlight. Great work.

Bluecollar said...

Wayne, I'm so very glad you make this point: "While hating our sin first and in others next is appropriate, hating sinners is not appropriate and would only mean a hatred for everyone on planet earth. We are to love all human beings, including those that practice this particular sin."

That was a great point! My brother was a homosexual, born of the same parents, raised in the same house at the same time I was. That was my flesh and blood! He died while having AIDS in 1999. I can't hate them. While I never was tempted by that sin there are other sins that I DO struggle with. Who am I to look down on anyone?!

jazzycat said...

Penless,
You are right and I added the word 'professing' to make it clearer. Perhaps such people will come to a better understanding and repentance.

Mark,
Sorry to hear that. You are right in that we all struggle with sin just as destructive as homosexuality and have no grounds to feel comfortable just because we do not have a particular sin. We all suffer from depravity and Paul is pointing that out in these passages.

donsands said...
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donsands said...

Very good words on this passage.

I also had a brother die from AIDS in 1992.

I also have a friend, and brother in Christ, who was an homosexual. I have learned much from his perspective on this sin, and how he reaches out to the homosexual community with the truth in love.

Marcian said...

"secular misinformation" is right. As long as we think we are allowed to call the shots, the line can be moved wherever any particular generation wants to put it. There are no "grey areas". God was so good to give us that "order" in nature to direct us toward what is right.

jazzycat said...

Marcian,
Good point. With no absolutes or foundation of truth, any generation can make up what is to be accepted as they go along.....

Even So... said...

Blue and Don, your perspectives are powerful...