Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Homosexuality; an Expression of God’s Wrath

Romans 1:18 tells us that “…the wrath of God is revealed from heaven.” In other words, God is angry with us and we can see His wrath all around us. It is revealed, or manifested to us, from heaven. We can all see it; it is obvious and clearly seen.

But why would God be angry with us? He tells us why in verses 18-23. God is angry with the human race because we all know, deep down in our hearts, that He exists and that we ought to worship, honor and obey Him, but we suppress this truth and refuse to honor Him, glorify Him or even thank Him for His goodness to us. This is mutiny of the grossest kind! We try to banish the Creator from His creation by removing Him from our thoughts to the end that we might govern our own lives and enjoy a sinful indulgence in the things that He has made. We worship the creation and forget the Creator. We’ve tried to throw Him from the ship so that we can enjoy our every perversion without worrying about Him intervening in judgment.

So we see that God is angry and why He is angry in Romans 1:18-23, but how is His anger seen? The answer is found immediately following in verses 24, 26 and 28.

Verse 24; “Therefore” (because of our sin) “God gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves.”

Verse 26, 27; “For this reason" (because of our sin) "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.”

And verse 28; “And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting….”

How is God’s wrath revealed to the human race? It’s revealed in the fact that He has given us over to uncleanness, vile passions and a debased mind. And what is the outcome of all this? Verse 29-32; we became “filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving unmerciful…” even though we know “…the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death” we “ not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.”

One of the many expressions of God’s wrath that is “clearly seen” is homosexuality. The proliferation of sexual sin, clearly including homosexuality, is itself an expression of the wrath of God!

People will commonly debate whether or not Aids is an expression of the wrath of God on homosexuality but the Bible goes a step further and says that homosexuality is an expression of the wrath of God on mankind. We wanted to get rid of the true God so we could enjoy the pleasures of sin, so God gave us over to sins power and the inability to control our lusts. This is part of the curse of God on the fallen human race.

Have you ever felt enslaved to your lusts? Like you just couldn’t stop? Like you were born that way? Like it’s part of your genetic makeup? That, my friend, is the wrath of God at work. Freedom from God always means enslavement to sin. We’ve asked for it and He has given us what we wanted.

Why would God do such a thing? One of many reasons is that we might feel our helplessness and seek His face. The expression “gave them over” is used in other parts of Scripture to speak of a prisoner who has been handed over to the jailer or executioner. We wanted to wallow in our sin so God gave us up to its power and sway. He chained us to our lusts that we might have our fill of it, loath its tyranny, and seek freedom from it. This is the freedom that He offers to us in the gospel of Jesus Christ; freedom from the dominion of sin and freedom to love and obey Him.

So are homosexuals a lost cause because their lifestyle itself is an expression of the wrath of God? Not at all! All of us were born into the same situation; “we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others.” (Ephesians 2:3) We were all born into the wrath and curse of God and our greatest need is deliverance from our natural condition.

Whether a homosexual sinner or heterosexual sinner, the answer to our dilemma is exactly the same; repent of our sinful rebellion and trust wholeheartedly in Jesus Christ as the God-man who alone is able and willing to save His enemies.

By our first birth we were born with a sinful nature that loves sin and hates the true and living God. We need to be born again, this time partaking of the divine nature (2 Peter 1:4) which longs to forsake sin and keep His commandments (1 John 2:3-6; 3:6-10).

God’s wrath is also clearly seen somewhere else; in the cross of Jesus Christ. On the cross, Jesus Christ stood in the stead of His people and took the guilt of their sins upon Himself while God poured out the full, undiluted fury of His wrath upon Him. Think of that! Jesus Christ, the second person of the trinity, the very God that we have dishonored and offended, the one in whose face we spit and the one whom we nailed to the cross, did all of that knowingly and voluntarily that He might save some of those who hated Him and reconcile them to God the Father.

Jesus Christ is the only sure shelter from the just wrath of God; flee to Him, take shelter in Him and be reconciled to the God who created you.

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