There is a lot of talk going on about homosexuality and the push for homosexual marriage in our nation.
I often quote those who can say what I want to say but much better than I can. I will here.
It is time for some solid truth. God has something to say about the sin of homosexuality and the people or nation that accepts it.
God’s Wrath Against Sinful Humanity
18 The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness,
Now I know that there are those
who do not think that God’s wrath is against anyone at all, but those people do not know their Bible nor do they know God.
God is holy first and foremost. He is holy before he is love or anything else. He is holy, and he hates sin.
Paul by the inspiration of the Holy Ghost, the third Person of the Trinity, says that the wrath of God is being revealed against all godlessness and wickedness of people who suppress the truth by their wickedness.
What does it mean to suppress the truth by their wickedness? Robert Jamieson, A. R. Fausset and David Brown tells us.
. . .who hold–rather, “hold down,” “hinder,” or “keep back.” the truth in unrighteousness–The apostle, though he began this verse with a comprehensive proposition regarding men in general, takes up in the end of it only one of the two great divisions of mankind, to whom he meant to apply it; thus gently sliding into his argument. But before enumerating their actual iniquities, he goes back to the origin of them all, their stifling the light which still remained to them. As darkness overspreads the mind, so impotence takes possession of the heart, when the “still small voice” of conscience is first disregarded, next thwarted, and then systematically deadened. Thus “the truth” which God left with and in men, instead of having free scope and developing itself, as it otherwise would, was obstructed (compare Matthew 6:22 Matthew 6:23 , Ephesians 4:17 Ephesians 4:18 ). 1
Sinners do this. This is yet another reason God is perfectly just in sending a sinner to hell forever. Sinners deliberately choose to suppress the truth. The sinner chooses to ignore the first pains of conscience when he sins. Do that often enough the conscience is hardened and deadened, and the sinner no longer is bothered by it. It is a choice the sinner makes.
19 since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.
Again Robert Jamieson, A. R. Fausset and David Brown tells us. . .
“all their degeneracy being a voluntary departure from the truth thus brightly revealed to the unsophisticated spirit.” 2
Pay attention to this. Man is without excuse. Sinners are not victims of birth or circumstance or genes or anything else. What may be known about God is plain to them because God has made it plain to them, but the sinner chooses something else.
21 For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools
Foolish hearts? Senseless, stupid. Heart? The spirit of man, his whole inner man.
Was darkened? “How instructively is the downward progress of the human soul here is traced!” 3
This is the beginning of the downward progress of man. His chose to cast God off and he becomes senseless and stupid, His entire inner man is darkened. He begins a downward spiral into filth and shameful stupidity. That is what this passage is saying. Frankly this is the absolute truth of every human being on the face of the earth until he or she is born again.
They became fools. “It is the invariable property of error in morals and religion that men take credit to themselves for it and extol it as wisdom.” 4
Men like their sin. They think they are wise because of their sin. They fight for the right to keep their sin and continue in it. They have no shame. They do not know when to be ashamed. They think their sin is good and anyone who tells them differently is evil. This is the state of all men before they are born again. THIS IS WHY ALL MEN DESERVE HELL.
23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles.
Idolarty. This still applies to us today. There are still cultures that create gods that look like birds and animals and reptiles. More common today is the god of self.
24 Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. 25 They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator —who is forever praised. Amen.
GOD GAVE THEM OVER! “in righteous retribution.” God
pronounces judgment on these people or this nation. He gives them over in judgment to sin.
Robert Jamieson, A. R. Fausset and David Brown says,
“This divine abandonment of men is strikingly traced in three successive stages, . . . As they deserted God, God in turn deserted them; not giving them divine laws and suffering them to corrupt those which were human . . . . He LET THEM DO WHAT THEY PLEASED, even what was in the last degree vile, that those who had not honored God might dishonor themselves.” 5
26 Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. 27 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.
What is that last degree of vile? Homosexuality. Women exchanging natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. Men abandoning NATURAL relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another.
Notice the scripture doesn’t say alternate ones or different ones but UNNATURAL ones. Homosexuality is unnatural.
Notice also that GOD calls these acts shameful acts. Shameful. Woe to those who do not know homosexuality is unnatural and shameful. Woe to the nation that does not know that homosexuality is unnatural and shameful.
They are those fools God is talking about up there in verse 21. They are those fools who are senseless and stupid, whose hearts or inner man is filled with darkness. They are the fools who say ungodly insane things like “man is born homosexual” or “God created a person to be homosexual.” Dark. Dark inside. No light of God. No life.
28 Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done.
What happens to those people?
Robert Jamieson, A. R. Fausset and David Brown tells us.
“But observe how vice is here seen consuming and exhausting itself. When the passions scourged by violent and continued indulgence in natural vices became impotent to yield the craved enjoyment, resort was had to artificial stimulants by the practice of unnatural and monstrous vices.” 6
29 They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, 30 slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; 31 they have no understanding, no fidelity, no love, no mercy. 32 Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.
This scripture is very plain here. Anyone who agrees with homosexual marriage comes under the same judgment of God as the homosexual person.
Let me repeat this.
THOSE WHO SUPPORT HOMOSEXUAL MARRIAGE AND HOMOSEXUAL BEHAVIOR ARE UNDER THE WRATH OF GOD.
As the homosexual person is under the wrath of God for his sin, so is the person who approve of those who practices homosexuality. There is no way out of that.
Again Robert Jamieson, A. R. Fausset and David Brown says the following,
“Who knowing from the voice of conscience, the judgment of God—the stern law of divine procedure, that they which commit such things are worthy of death—here used in its widest known sene, as the uttermost of divine vengeance against sin; not only do the same—which they might do under the pressure of temptation and in the heat passion, but have pleasure in them that do them—deliberately set their seal to such actions by encouraging and applauding the doing of them in others. This is the climax of our apostle’s charges against the heathen; and certainly, if the things are in themselves as black as possible, this settled and unblushing satisfaction at the practice of them, apart from all blinding effects of present passion, MUST BE REGARDED AS THE DARKEST FEATURE OF HUMAN DEPRAVITY.
“’The wrath of God’ against sin has the dread reality of a ‘revelation from heaven,’ sounding in the consciences of men, in the self inflicted miseries of the wicked, and in the vengeance which God’s moral government, sooner or later, takes upon all who outrage it, so this ‘wrath of God’ is not confined to high-handed crimes, or the grosser manifestations of human depravity, but is ‘revealed’ against all violations of divine law or whatever nature…” 7
What does this mean to the Christian? Those who name the name of Christ had better NOT BE in agreement at all with push toward homosexual marriage. That is ungodly and horrible. You are approving of those who practice something God condemns.
The homosexual person, the person who approves of homosexuality, the Christian who is betraying God by approving of homosexuality are all under the judgment of God.
Repentance is the only hope. Jesus does forgive and cleanses the TRULY repentant person. Run. Flee the wrath to come.
Answers to questions before they are asked:
1. How should we treat homosexuals? Like people. Just like you would any other person but that does not include condoning that sin. No marriage. No parading in the streets in celebration of sin. Witness to them if you can. Pray.
2. Homophobe! Save for someone stupid enough to believe that lie.Find one of the people God calls a fool in verse 24.
3. You hate homosexuals. NO! Those who hate the homosexual are those fools God talks about in Romans 1:24 with the dark hearts who say, “homosexuality is just okay.” That is the person who hates the homosexual.
So are we going to have homosexual marriage in the United States? You better believe it. Our nation is lost. The very fact that we as a people can actually talk about homosexuals pretending to marry without recoiling in horror and disgust proves that we have already passed the point of no return. We as a nation are under the judgment of God. So, yes, we are going to have homosexual marriage. We sure are.
And much worse. . . . We will see horrible unthinking things called marriage. We will see men married to many women and one woman married to many men. We shall see groups of women ‘marrying’ groups of men forming ‘families.’ We will see adult men and women marrying children. We will see men and women marrying things or animals. This is all coming. The flood gates are already opened for all kinds of filth and depravity.
We as a nation have already entered into the no holes barred stage. God has given us over to our lusts as a nation. He is going to let us reap the result of our lusts until he desroys us.
1. Commentary Critical and Explanatory of the Whole Bible by Robert Jamieson, A. R, Fausset and David Brown http://www.biblestudytools.com/commenta ries/jamieson-fausset-brown/romans/romans-1. html