Romans 1.27

And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.

In the last verse we looked at what I call the “death spiral” in which a person or community who rejects God starts to fall deeper into sin and rebellion and deception.

At this stage of the spiral, people have rejected God’s truth and gone from immorality to what the KJV calls “vile passions”, which is essentially homosexuality.

This verse here tells us five important facts about homosexuality that we should all be aware of.

1. It is unnatural.

It is natural, according to this verse, for a man to be with a woman. Indeed going back to creation, this is obvious. God created Adam and Eve, one man and one woman. Looking at how we are designed biologically this is obvious. Thinking about the continuation of the human race, it is clear. You do not need to be a genius to realize that this is the case!

2. It is destructive.

Romans 1.27 says that the homosexual men burned in their lust. This word is ekkaio in the Greek which means to burn until completely destroyed. The normal word for burning in Greek is kaio, the “ek” part means “out of”, implying to burn until completely out of resources and out of fuel. Homosexual desire will lead to destruction – it will lead to you burning out of control, and running out of strength, energy and life.

3. It leads to shame.

aschēmosynē is the Greek word that the KJV translates as unseemly. Strong’s defines it as shameful, nakedness or deformed. Men having sex with men ends up in inappropriate nakedness and shameful acts: acts in public, public displays of nudity and sexuality. The root of this is fear – the fear that they will be separated from this sin leads to increasingly public displays of it. Homosexuality over time always leads to open displays of nudity and shame.

In the UK, homosexuality has always been around. However, as our nation is starting to descend down the “death spiral” of Romans 1, it has been leading to more and more open displays of nudity and shame.

4. It is an error

The Greek word in this verse for error is plane (pronounced plan-ay) which means to wander the wrong way or to follow the wrong directions. Obviously the Manufacturer’s Directions for sexuality involve one man and one woman for life. To be involved in anything else is following the wrong directions. It is a fallacy to say that it is an alternative lifestyle – it is an erroneous lifestyle.

5. It has consequences

It says at the end of this verse that people receive their recompense for homosexual behaviour. The Greek word for recompense is antimisthia, which comes from the words anti- and misthia. Misthia is the Greek word for wages received for working (cf. 1 Cor. 3.14, 1 Thess. 5.18). Antimisthia is the opposite of wages received for working. It is destruction for not working, for not following God’s plan.

You will end up with consequences for your behaviour. Social consequences, financial consequences, mental consequences, physical consequences.

That is not the main reason to avoid it though: the main reason is that it will lead to spiritual consequences. It will lead to an inability to discern right and wrong, truth and error, life and death. It will ensure you that you descend even further into the “death spiral” outlined in Romans 1, and in the next few verses we will find how destructive that will be for you.

Glory and freedom,

Shame is Difficult (J. Randall Easter)

“If anyone does not obey what we say in this letter, take note of that person, and have nothing to do with him, that he may be ashamed.” (2 Thessalonians 3:14)

The apostle Paul speaks on the subject of professing believers who continue in sin (1 Cor. 5:9-12; Titus 3:10-11) several times in the New Testament. In Paul’s day it would have been a shameful thing to be removed from the church and for the church to not associate with a certain person because of sin. Paul gave directions to do this knowing that it would shame true believers unto repentance. It would be as if a man was removed from church for a sin and then he would have no place to worship, no place to hear God’s Word preached, no place to fellowship with the people of God, no place to give unto the Lord, and no place to serve the living God.

The true believer would be heartbroken over these issues and come to repentance and be restored into the church with much joy. The erring brother would come back to the church confessing his sin and seeking forgiveness and the church would then embrace him with open arms. These circumstances would strengthen the faith of all involved. However, in the 21st century this process has just about become impossible. This does not imply that it should not be done, but rather it reveals the despicable state of the American church. Today if one is removed for church discipline, they simply go down the street to the next church and find that people will embrace them without making any issue of their sin. People can be removed from a biblical church for sexual immorality, homosexuality, forsaking the church, and other public sins and then the next Sunday they can be teaching Sunday School and singing in the choir of the church of the same denomination just down the street.

It is as if churches confirm and condone sin and slander churches who seek to be obedient to the Scripture. A great deal of the fault lies with wimpy, weak, wormy preachers who will not stand for anything and are led around like a puppy dog by the hand of self-centered, flesh driven power structures of people who have money. Dearly beloved, what type of church are you a part of? Does your church confront sin or embrace sin? Does your church gladly entertain those who run from the truth? When was the last time you removed someone in order that they would be shamed unto repentance? Are you a part of a true church or are you a part of a social gathering with religious overtones? Pray earnestly for true churches to rise up for the glory of God.

Pastor: J. Randall Easter