Romans 1:32 -
Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.
A few days back a senior minister of India made a comment about homosexuality calling it a disease. The so called modern people did not spare him and grouped together along with the media to attack him. Out of fear he retracted his comment by saying the words he used was towards HIV and not homosexuality.
In today's message Paul writes on the topic and uses even harsher words towards it, and among them is the words 'God hater'.
Homosexuals try to take cover behind facts like science (having half knowledge), being broad minded and being modern. They claim this orientation is natural. In the developed countries we have Church leaders who openly practice homosexuality and thus along with others become instruments to promote it as being okay.
Firstly there is nothing modern about Homosexuality it is as ancient as sin. The moment sin multiplied the rebellious man filled with lust found ways to mock God and main among them was homosexuality.
Paul uses the word 'God haters' for them because man and woman in spirit are made in the image of God but in flesh, man is made in the image of God and woman in the image of man, for woman was made from a bone of man and bone symbolizes character or nature.
When God made man He took dust of the earth, moulded the earth into the form of and breathed a living spirit into his nostrils. It was the earth which became flesh of man. When God created woman He took the regenerating rib bone of man and covered it with flesh. The flesh was the same as Adam's flesh yet even though Adam claimed the woman was made from his bone and his flesh God did not take it from man but chose to recreate it. And it is for this purpose they were given the instruction to come together as one flesh and multiply.
God created man and woman uniquely with reason and one of them was to procreate. God did not make sex. Sex is a human creation for man started giving more importance to the pleasure than the purpose. God allowed this weakness of man in the sanctuary of marriage when they come together in commitment to God by becoming a Church. Sex is allowed in marriage but as Paul put it, man and woman need to come together when procreating and also when they are weak in the flesh as allowed by God but they need to prayer and strengthen each other to overcome these desires or weakness of the flesh. It is for this reason man should surrender to the desires of his wife and woman to the desires of her husband but after that they need to pray. One of the main purposes of marriage is procreation and sex in marriage is not a sin but a weakness.
Sin made man to rebel against God and so one of the ways to mock God was to mock the images in man and woman and thus also mock the Church. That is the reason Paul used harsh words like God haters to homosexuals knowing that God never failed to let His wrath fall on man when homosexuality multiplied.
The minister was very true when he said it was a sickness for homosexuality is a spiritual sickness and such people need healing of the soul and deliverance in the spirit. This bondage of the evil one is one of the strongest on man and the next stages are animal sex and then cannibalism. These evils were practised in many early civilizations in the Bible and we read God did not fail to annihilate them completely.
Paul says because of fear of coming into judgment we avoid judging these people and we actually land up pilling up God's wrath to fall on us. As Christians let us fear the wrath of God more and not fear man so let us stand against this sickness which makes man into God haters.
[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord, You made man and woman with purpose to understand your Church which is your Body. Man under the yoke of sin and the power of the evil one mock this sanctuary by homosexuality. Lord, deliver us from this sickness and strengthen us so that we stand up and separate ourselves from it and exposing this evil destroy the powers behind it...
This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.
[ Reference Scriptures ]
Romans 1:18-31; 2:1-5
18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness,
19 because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them.
20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse,
21 because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened.
22 Professing to be wise, they became fools,
23 and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man—and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things.
24 Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves,
25 who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.
26 For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature.
27 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.
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;
29 being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers,
30 backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
31 undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful;
32 who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.
1 Therefore you are inexcusable, O man, whoever you are who judge, for in whatever you judge another you condemn yourself; for you who judge practice the same things.
2 But we know that the judgment of God is according to truth against those who practice such things.
3 And do you think this, O man, you who judge those practicing such things, and doing the same, that you will escape the judgment of God?
4 Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance?
5 But in accordance with your hardness and your impenitent heart you are treasuring up for yourself wrath in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God,
Genesis 2:7, 19-24
7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
19 And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof.
20 And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him.
21 And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof;
22 And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.
23 And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.
24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.
1 Corinthians 7:1-9
1 Now concerning the things of which you wrote to me: It is good for a man not to touch a woman.
2 Nevertheless, because of sexual immorality, let each man have his own wife, and let each woman have her own husband.
3 Let the husband render to his wife the affection due her, and likewise also the wife to her husband.
4 The wife does not have authority over her own body, but the husband does. And likewise the husband does not have authority over his own body, but the wife does.
5 Do not deprive one another except with consent for a time, that you may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again so that Satan does not tempt you because of your lack of self-control.
6 But I say this as a concession, not as a commandment.
7 For I wish that all men were even as I myself. But each one has his own gift from God, one in this manner and another in that.
8 But I say to the unmarried and to the widows: It is good for them if they remain even as I am;
9 but if they cannot exercise self-control, let them marry. For it is better to marry than to burn with passion.
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