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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.
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.
Don’t forget the context is suppressing the truth and idolatry... idolatry to immorality is one short step.
The consequence of idolatry is the moral disintegration of human society.
Verse 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.
Gave them over: surrender to another; allowed sin to run its course
The purpose of “turning them over” is redemptive
This is God’s response to man’s disobedience (the blame falls on us)
God grants humans the separation from Himself that they deliberately choose.
Theologically, this is known as “Judicial Abandonment.”
We call it tough love. This was an active decision on God’s part, not passive neglect.
“If we genuinely love someone, we cannot remain passive while sin destroys them and everyone affected by the evil deed.” –Chuck Swindoll
in the sinful desires of their hearts: shameful things; uncleanness
Lusts: desire for what is forbidden
to sexual impurity: inordinate, self-indulging craving (displacing proper affection for God)
Live-in lovers; wife-swapping; group sex parties; homosexuality
Impurity: the quality that made something or someone useless in the service of God. Contaminated; infected
Hebrews 13:4: “Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral.”
Sexually immoral: fornication, any kind of unlawful sexual intercourse-prostitution, premarital sex, homosexuality, etc.
Adulterer: unlawful sexual relations for a married person
Hebrews 13:4 does not condemn sex, just unlawful sexual activity.
for the degrading of their bodies with one another:
Degrading: characterized by shame, dishonor, lack of respect
Dishonoring their bodies-to treat with contempt
Verse 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.
The exchanged: put in place of another
The truth about God:
Truth: conformity to reality or actuality; often with the implication of reliability.
For a lie: Some translations have “THE LIE”
A lie is something that deviates from or perverts the truth.
The lie is Genesis 3:5- “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
All other religions are a lie or based on lies about God. Not “different paths to the same God.”
And worshiped and served: devotion to… honor, work for
created things rather than the Creator:
Read Matthew 4:9-10
Satan is a created being who was asking for worship and service!
Read Exodus 20:1-6.
Chuck Swindoll: We trust possessions, jobs, relationships, positions, bank accounts, drugs, alcohol, sex, work, shopping, pornography, food… But not the Creator!
Who is forever praised: blessed, praiseworthy, verbally blessed
Amen: let it be so.
Verse 26: Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones.
Because of this: For this cause…
Linked to v. 25-rejecting the truth and embracing the lie.
Depraved behavior always begins with a lie, and who is the father of lies?
“The Bible never covers up reality. It deals with humanity just the way it is.” – Francis Schaeffer.
God gave them over: [see v. 24]
to shameful lusts:
Shameful-degrading/disgraceful passions; vile passions/affections
Dishonorable, disgrace, degrading
Vile=unhealthy and unholy
Even their women exchanged:
Exchanged-bad trade deal! God-given use of the body for a perversion.
Paul used the word for female (male in v. 27) instead of man/woman.
These words are lower than “men” and “women,” suggesting that sexual sin is outside human dignity.
The problem in the Roman world was not lesbianism, but older men targeting younger men (Many of the Roman emperors had young boys serving as prostitutes, some even “married” young castrated boys). So, when Paul includes lesbianism, he is targeting the entire range of homosexual activity. This plain reading of Scripture helps answer some of the common objections to Paul’s absolute statement on homosexuality [discussed later].
natural sexual relations: in accordance with the attributes and purposes which are proper in view of one’s origin.
God-ordained sexual relations.
for unnatural ones:
Blatant misuse of the body that God created!
sinful reversal of the created order
Unbiblical explanations for this passage on homosexuality:
1. Only wrong for those God didn’t create as homosexual
Answer: No biblical or scientific evidence
2. Only forbidding ritualistic practices in Greek/Roman religion
Answer: Violates the plain reading of Scripture
Verse 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.
I didn’t include a lot of questions here because they are covered in v. 26.
In the same way the men:
also abandoned: gave up (echoes God’s giving up…)
natural relations with women: natural, normal, proper, and right in God’s eyes (remember who sets the norms and standards)
and were inflamed: boiling with desire, burned
with lust for one another: a craving that refuses to abate until fulfilled
Men committed shameful acts with other men: indecent, improper, unseemly
Leviticus 18:22-“Do not have sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman; that is detestable.”
and received in themselves the due penalty for their error:
As people reject God’s standards and afflict themselves by their disobedience, their sin becomes their punishment.
Seeds of punishment
Some Christians have lost their bearings on homosexuality because of the rapid sea change of culture…
Homosexuality is not worse than other sins but a clear example of violating God’s created order. It is also a sin of identity confusion.
The Whole Counsel of God (New Testament)
Matthew 19:4-6-“4‘Haven’t you read,’ he replied, ‘that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’ 5 and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’? 6 So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.’”
Hebrews 13:4-“Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral.”
1 Timothy 1:10-“…for the sexually immoral, for those practicing homosexuality, for slave traders and liars and perjurers—and for whatever else is contrary to the sound doctrine…”
Sexuality linked with sound doctrine… Perhaps this is why when church’s or Christians deviate from God’s Word about homosexuality, it isn’t long until they wander in other areas…
But, there is hope!
1 Corinthians 6:9-11: “9 Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men 10 nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And that is what some of you were. 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.”
“The sin of homosexuality is usually the final stage in those civilizations that turn from God.” – Willimington’s Guide to the Bible
What should be our response?
-Just like any other sin (sinner). Don’t judge, love, but be courageous in speaking the truth. Let God be God and convict them of sin. Point them to Christ. We do this for all sinners, homosexuals, adulterers, fornicators, gluttons, prideful, everyone.
-Also, have a great heterosexual marriage!
Bryan Clark (Lead Pastor, Lincoln Berean): “A couple of comments to think about related to this paragraph. I want to start by kind of setting a certain tone here. Patti and I have homosexual friends. We've worked very hard for those relationships. These are people we genuinely care about and they are people who genuinely care about us. I believe they are very meaningful friendships both directions, so I do believe we have a clear track record that this isn't about hatred. As a matter of fact, I would say I want nothing to do with the theology of hatred. The marketers of the homosexual agenda have worked very hard to mainstream this behavior. This is no secret. There are actually books written, laying out their strategy and they've been incredibly effective at the strategy. They, themselves, would say that part of the strategy was to label anyone who disagrees as, not just someone who disagrees, but they're hateful! They're fearful! They're pro-discrimination. Now come on, let's be honest, none of us like those labels. I don't want someone saying to me, “You're a hate-monger! You're a homophobe. You favor discrimination.” We've even gone through this in our own community. The biblical position upon which I will not compromise is not based on hatred; it's not based on fear; it's not based on a desire to discriminate. It is based on one foundational issue. I choose to worship the Creator, not the creature. I choose to embrace the glory of the incorruptible Creator. Because of that, I choose to operate within God's boundaries and according to God's design because, in worshiping the Creator, I—in submission—say the Master is in charge; I'm not. So I embrace His boundaries and I embrace His design. To choose to be sympathetic with a lifestyle outside of God's boundaries and outside of God's design is to contribute to the destruction of people. There's nothing loving about that.”
Romans 1:28- “Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God…”
Bottom line: We are meant to enjoy intense sexual pleasure within the context of a life-long covenant between a man and a woman. Sex as God intended honors the gift and the Giver.
See also Middletown Bible Church’s papers on homosexuality. (Attached below)