For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.
There are biblical themes which are taboo for today’s society. Today’s topic is one of them. Modern society has reached the point of making people believe that being gay is more acceptable than being a Christian. Do not think I’m exaggerating. If we have not reached that point in some parts of the world, it will not take much to make it happen. If Ricky Martin was able to publicly disavow what the Bible says about homosexuality and nobody said anything, it would not be strange that Christians are persecuted for calling things as the Bible itself qualifies.
Let’s talk on Romans 1:26-27 unvarnished, calling them things as they are. The first thing the Apostle Paul writes is: God gave them up to vile passions. When man strives to exert his will no matter what it is divorced from God’s one, the Lord is cast aside. We were created with free will, therefore, God never will interfere in our decisions; but if we go wrong in our choice, we are responsible for the consequences.
In the exercise of our human right to choose for ourselves, we can enter into open contradiction to the will of God. If we deviate from His way, He lets us so we can do things according to what we think. However, what we call our right, if it is not under the Law of God, He will call sin. To be handed over to shameful lusts, we will not be led by the Spirit but by our own flesh, by the current of the world or the devil himself.
Then we read: For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. What does change the natural use? The natural link is a man and a woman via their genitals. Therefore, unlike anything that could be seen as something against nature. That includes anal sex and lesbianism. Then you can say that these practices are not approved by God, whether they are accepted by the world.
Then comes the part of men: Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful. Here is no doubt that Paul refers to homosexual relationships, which are part of what he had already called vile passions. By calling him this way, it is obvious that the Bible does not approve homosexuality in any way.
The end point of Romans 1:26-27 is very important: and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due. Retribution, lost pay is death like all sin. We have two options: to exercise our will or God’s. If we exercise the will of God, He bears the consequences; but if we exercise ours, we are responsible for the consequences. When our will and God do not match, making use of our right could place us forever in hell. God bless you.