Last Sunday evening we looked at the folly of trying to interpret God, man and the world through the world’s glasses. To know and understand truth, we must put on our biblical spectacles, see, and interpret all things through the lenses of the Holy Scriptures.
Today’s passage deals with HOMOSEXUALITY—sexual desire and acts directed toward members of one’s own sex. The world looks through its lenses at homosexuality and attempts to understand its causes.
Some interpret homosexuality as being JUST KIDS. Since the individual’s earliest sexual curiosity and experience is usually with his or her own body, then with others of the same sex, a puberty phase of homosexual interest is normal. Adult homosexual interest may therefore merely be arrested development, due to extreme shyness, introversion, disfigurement, fear of rejection, only-child inability to socialize, or some physical deficiency. Hence, a homosexual is JUST A KID who hasn’t grown up!
Similarly, after normal heterosexual out-turning to the other sex has taken place, an unhappy love affair, an illness, pathological fear of women/men, or the like may lead to regression, a return to the secret but safer relief of early puberty.
Others say environmental causes of homosexuality include artificial all-male society in one-sex school, army, or prison; a wrong relationship between, or with parents, or with any oversexed adult; male resentment, or protest, against aggressive, predatory, over-dominating women, or by women against similar men; unfortunate conflict in childhood and/or puberty, with relatives, guardians, teachers who repressed, scorned, terrified, or disgusted the growing mind.
Others see homosexuality coming from CONSTITUTIONAL CAUSES, that is inherent, born or built-in to one’s being, including genetic or hormone factors that condition the individual from birth to respond sexually to his or her own sex.
Looking at homosexuality through the world’s lenses one interprets such desires as natural and acceptable in conformity with being human and the homosexual disposition as being probably incurable. In other words, homosexual inclination is a moral condition. It is no more to be blamed than left-handedness or colorblindness.
However, if one puts on biblical spectacles the whole issue of homosexuality is seen and understood quite differently. To see clearly, one first must remove the smudge of rationalism.
RATIONALISM is a form of philosophy which seeks to understand Scripture in light of reason. Extreme rationalists will reject Scripture and hold to some other philosophy. There are rationalists who claim to be Christian, who do not reject all of Scripture but when the Word gives them trouble they will reject it. This is where “Gay Christians” are, if they are indeed Christians. They have rejected the clear statements of Scripture and hold to what they want to hold to.
In Romans 1:26-27, Paul presents a contrary and distinctive cause for homosexuality that runs counter to the world’s causes for it —
Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural 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 indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion.
Throughout this passage man is represented as active—seeing, thinking, doing. He is not represented as victimized, as taken captive against his will, as the dupe of evil influences from outside himself. Sin springs from the heart, takes seed in the mind, where it perverts the judgment. Homosexuality is not an involuntary predisposition or traceable to psychological distortion—It’s a choice!
What men do with God has much to do with their character and life style. A law broods over human existence, a law which is at the same time a divine act— Such as you make your God, such will you make yourself.
Let go of God, and the very bottom of filth will be reached. Even the most unnatural will be called quite natural. The lie that God does not exist or count produces the lie that homosexuality is natural.
However, the apostle, inspired by the Holy Spirit, categorizes homosexuality as SHAMEFUL LUSTS, UNNATURAL RELATIONS, INFLAMED LUST, INDECENT ACTS and PERVERSION.
The Bible descries homosexual behavior as depraved and vile passions that do not honor mankind made in the image and likeness of God. Paul’s picture of this sin is ugly and frightening!
SHAMEFUL LUSTS indicates that a person knows instinctively that homosexuality is wrong. Adam and Eve were naked but felt no shame until they sinned. Today, gays seek public acceptance in order to remove the shame they feel.
UNNATURAL RELATIONS indicates that the nature of things, the force, laws, order of nature are exchanged for that which is monstrous, abnormal, perverse. Unnatural lust is as horrible a dishonor to the body as idolatry is to God.
INFLAMED LUST describes the terrible intensity—the rage of homosexual practice. It is a passionate craving—an all out endeavor to to satisfy the totally-depraved nature. God reveals His wrath, not by sending fire from heaven, but by abandoning sinful man to an inflamed lust that burns within him.
INDECENT ACTS are those acts that do not conform with accepted standards of propriety or good taste.
PERVERSION is anything that is highly offensive or reprehensible in character, nature, or conduct. It is being led astray from the right way.
When a person, people, or nation are abandoned by God, they only become worse. For the second time the sad refrain is sounded—GOD GAVE THEM OVER—this time to immorality, with emphasis on perversion in sexual relations. Paul no longer dwells on sexual immorality in general as in verse 24, but becomes specific, and focuses the attention on one of its most disgusting manifestations— HOMOSEXUALITY.
A person’s sexual orientation, whether heterosexual or homosexual is not the point at issue. What matters is what a person does with his or her sexuality.
Fornication—sex of the unmarried outside marriage is perversion.
Adultery—sex with another who is not one’s spouse is perversion.
Homosexuality—sex with the same sex is unnatural perversion.
Perversion of what? God’s design for sex in marriage only. Genesis 2:24 states—
For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.
All sex outside of marriage is perversion of God’s design as well as His law. According to the plain teaching of Scripture, sexual intercourse is intended for a husband and his wife, for no one else. All else is contrary to God’s will. It is in conflict with the Creator’s intention.
IDOLATRY is the first step towards IMMORALITY. In reality, idolaters worship themselves. Therefore, the connection between the idolatrous worship of self and immorality is plain. Rebellious mankind invents their own deities. Such gods as these leave them free to follow their own unbridled passions. Men go so far as to project their own license onto their gods.
The sin against God’s nature entails as its penalty sin against man’s own image since man is made in the image and likeness of God.
THE TRUTH OF GOD IS EXCHANGED FOR THE LIE. Mankind has bought into Satan’s lie to Eve, “You shall be like God.” So man fancies himself as good. However, Jesus said, “No one is good except God.” The price of THE LIE is astromonical for God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another.
The first exchange, that of the truth for the lie, is followed by another exchange—the upsetting of the normal course of nature in sexual relations. Instead of using the ordinary terms for men and women, Paul substitutes MALES and FEMALES. He includes boys and girls as well as men and women.
The irony is that this sort of bestiality finds no counterpart in the animal kingdom. Perversion is the unique contrivance of the human species. Marked by traits that lack man’s dignity and refinement, idolatrous man receives the recompense for neither glorifying the Creator as God and giving Him thanks.
Paul uses the terms RECEIVED and DUE PENALTY, which in the original Greek involve the idea of RECOMPENSE, the punishment being in keeping with the offense. These terms serve to underscore the principle of LEX TALIONIS—an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth.
The fact that homosexual practice produces a harvest of bitterness as been proved again and again and is being demonstrated every day of the year. Some of the fruits are a guilty conscience, sleeplessness, emotional stress, depression, along with a rash of sexual diseases, including AIDS. Soul, mind and body are effected by sexual perversion!
Truly, God is not mocked. Whatever a persons sows, that also he will reap. For he who sows to his own flesh (his old nature to have its own way) will from the flesh reap corruption, and he who sows to the Spirit (allowing the Spirit to rule over him) will from the Spirit reap life everlasting.
Sexual perversion contains in itself a recompense, a punishment for the abandonment of God and His ways. C. S. Lewis wrote—
The lost enjoy forever the horrible freedom they have demanded, and are therefore self-enslaved.
HOMOSEXUALITY is self-enslavement! The GAY facade is a thin veil for deep-seated frustration of choosing to live life one’s own way!
The folly of homosexuality is proclaimed in its inability to reproduce the human species in keeping with the divine commandment in Genesis 1:28—
God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it.
The GAY lifestyle is contrary to and against God’s purpose for sex. Today, it has been claimed that 4-5 percent of white adult males are homosexual, 10-20 percent bisexual, the remainder heterosexual. Those percentages make about one-quarter of white males perverts. I pray it is not so!
Homosexuality is contrary to nature, and those who practice it are bound to suffer the consequences. Any people who condone and excuse it will incur the wrath of God. Our nation will reap a harvest of horrible consequences if we continue on the present downward path of unnatural perversion.
Sexual immorality and perversion are with us today and becoming more blatant, more aggressive and more evident all the time. In the United Stares, those who have abandoned themselves to these fearful vices are banding together and demanding public recognition for their perverted way of life. The INTERNET and MEDIA are circulating millions of pieces of off-beat sex every day. Even our Congress released for public consumption the perversion of our President, allowing perverts to feast on perversion.
The very foundation of society is rotten when such practices are officially accepted as being acceptable because they were performed between consenting adults.
Homosexuality is condemned by God in the Bible. Leviticus 20:13 decrees that it is a capital offense—
If a man lies with a man as one lies with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They must be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads.
In light of the Scriptures, Christians cannot condone homosexuality since God holds those who practice it culpable. It is unnatural perversion and one transgresses God’s Law of what is natural in order to satisfy the sinful desires of the heart.
It is neither love nor Christian compassion to approve of sex education that promotes or allows homosexuality as an alternative lifestyle. What we call POLITICAL CORRECTNESS is rebellion against God and His Word. To such condone immorality is equivalent to sending someone merrily on their way to Hell. Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 6:9-10—
Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.
Revelation 21:9 includes the sexually immoral among those who are sent to Hell—
But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars—their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulphur. This is the second death.
Jude 1:7 states—
In a similar way, Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding towns gave themselves up to sexual immorality and perversion. They serve as an example of those who suffer the punishment of eternal fire.
2 Peter 2:6 warns—
If [God] condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah by burning them to ashes, and made them an example of what is going to happen to the ungodly.
In Romans 1:26-27, Paul describes how those who turn away from God give themselves over at last to shameful horrors and unnatural vices, to the very sins of Sodom and Gommorah, sins which caused God to rain fire and brimstone from heaven in the days of Lot.
Everyone who designs a course of perversion, a wilful, obstinate, persisting in sin, stands outside the kingdom of God and will suffer the punishment of eternal fire.
Homosexuality was rampant in Paul’s day. Even the emperor, Nero, engaged in sex with boys. It is easy to understand why the homosexual Nero hated and executed the apostle Paul as well as other Christians. The world crucified Jesus because He exposed its sin. In the horrid depravity of the mind and heart, the truth of our Lord’s words are shown—
Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.
The truth was not to their taste so they exchanged it for the lie. And we all know how soon a man will contrive, against the strongest evidence, to reason himself out of the belief of what he dislikes. But a man cannot be brought to greater slavery than to be given up to his own lusts.
History records that homosexual prostitution contributed much to the decay of Greek youth and army. Roman law punished the practice severely as early as the 3rd Century B.C, on pain of death, even by burning. Rome’s concern was probably more military than moral.
Isn’t it ironic that Rome recognized the danger of homosexuals in their military from what happened to Greece, but our Commander-in-Chief’s first official act as President was to allow homosexuals in our armed services! Any country that fails to learn from history is doomed to fail!
Homosexuality is passions of dishonor and disgrace and depravity—regardless of what public opinion is today. Perversion entered into Greek life, and it brought Greece down to the dust. Go over there and look at Greece today. The glory has passed away. Why? These were their sins. The United States is taking the same path Greece took! Can we remain the world power if we continue to condone and promote the gay lifestyle?
It is no secret that Hollywood, the networks, and Disney are controlled by the gays! Day in and day out they are brainwashing the public to accept their unnatural perversion! Soon it will be a crime in our country to hate sin!
Did you know that Homosexuals were blamed for EARTHQUAKES in the Roman Empire during the Byzantine Period (A.D. 300-700), when the Empire was referred to as SODOM? Could all the natural catastrophes we have been experiencing in recent years be a result of our acceptance of unnatural perversion?
Britain, from the 16th century, prescribed the death penalty for homosexual acts. In the 19th century, imprisonment was substituted, but that was like sentencing an alcoholic to a brewery.
In the middle ages, Christian canon law laid down penalties ranging from nine years’ penance to permanent excommunication.
On the whole, the early church treated homosexuality as a sin needing spiritual cure rather than a crime for magistrates to punish.
In Israel, the pervert was be executed, and in the church, the pervert was offered salvation. Why the difference?
Well, one enters Israel by natural birth and one enters the church by spiritual birth. The homosexual enters the church as a new creation, redeemed and cleansed of his past. The homosexual is already part of Israel and becomes unclean through sinful desire. God did not want unnatural perversion to saturate the nation like yeast permeates the loaf of bread, so He ordered their removal.
When Israel turned away from the true and living God to worship idols, homosexual behavior followed. Listen to Yahweh’s judgment upon this sin as it is recorded in Isaiah 3:8-9—
Jerusalem staggers, Judah is falling; their words and deeds are against the LORD, defying his glorious presence. The look on their faces testifies against them; they parade their sin like Sodom; they do not hide it. Woe to them! They have brought disaster upon themselves.
SIN LIKE SODOM is a metaphor for homosexual practice. God destroyed Sodom for its homosexual behavior. But of great interest is what Jesus said of SODOM in Matthew 11: 20, 23—
Then Jesus began to denounce the cities in which most of his miracles had been performed, because they did not repent . . . And you, Capernaum, will you be lifted up to the heaven? No, you will go down to the Hell. If the miracles that were performed in you had been performed in Sodom, it would have remained to this day.
Jesus said SODOM would have repented if they saw the miracles He performed in Capernaum. Repented of what? HOMOSEXUALITY! Not only can homosexuals repent of unnatural perversion, but they can be transformed and rescued from it by God’s grace according to 1 Corinthians 6:9-11—
[Some of you were homosexual offenders.] But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.
WASHED, SANCTIFIED and JUSTIFIED homosexual offenders were members of the Church of Corinth! Paul had led many of them to Christ and they ceased to be perverts! They had become saints!
Yes, the Gospel is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes—salvation from the inflamed lust of the sinful desires of the heart as well as salvation from the eternal fire. Both fires are quench in God’s grace!
The cure for homosexuality is the Gospel of God!
The Gospel of God is the only true foundation, and the only effectual safeguard for morality. Those who abandon God, He abandons. The Gospel and morality, therefore, have ever been found inseparably connected as immorality and idolatry are inseparably connected.
Any church or person that exonerates the gay lifestyle has exchanged the natural for the unnatural and walks in darkness instead of the light! They have exchanged the truth of God for the lie!
The Good News of the Gospel of God is that vilest person can be saved—no matter what their sin! Even unnatural perversion!