For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: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.And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient…(Romans 1:26-28)
As a consequence of the suppression of the revealed truth that God has implanted in every man, Paul tells us that three psychological exchanges are made by society in rebellion against God. The exchange of the glory (dignity) of being made in the Image of God, for a lower view of humanity, as just the highest evolved mammal. The current religious devotion to the theory of Evolution is the current manifestation of this.
When God is factored out, the second exchange becomes inevitable, the rejection of Truth with a capital ‘T’ , absolute truth. In its place is relativism, which is the reason for the loss of confidence, moral, spiritual and intellectual, in the West. This exchange of the truth of God for the lie, has resulted in a crisis of authority. What is Truth? Who can say?Who is to say that “your truth” is any truer than “my truth”?
This confusion brings us to the third exchange, the rejection of the “natural use ” of men and women, that is the repudiation of the God assigned roles of male and female. The humanistic rebellion against God always leads to this perversion. Autonomous man will not be “assigned” a role in life, not even a gender! Therefore God “gives men over “to these “degrading lusts”.
It doesn’t start with homosexuality rather it starts with the rejection of the “natural use” of the woman. This refers to the rejection of the God assigned role of wife, mother ,nurturer, caregiver,help-meet. Whenever this emerges as in modern feminism ,the spiritual and moral confusion that follows results in homosexuality in a society.
Feminism isn’t really about womanhood, or being female, rather it is a rejection of femininity, particularly the roles of wife, mother and home-keeper. It has evolved into envy and emulation of manhood, we now have woman combat soldiers, boxers,construction workers, pastors, etc. Women have broken into all previously exclusively male domains.
Men can be feminists also, when they buy into the lie, that the God assigned sexual roles are ‘mere constructs’, and that there really is no difference between a man and a woman, other than the obvious physical ones. Feminism is nothing more than an expression of rejection of he Creator and his order.
Another major aspect of this rebellion is the deliberate divorcing of sexuality from fruitfulness, ie the birth control pill and resulting sexual revolution.”The women exchange their natural use for that which is against nature,”when they have used the power of their sexuality to sell cars and toothpaste.
The acceptance of abortion has furthermore brought us to exchange of the natural for the unnatural,(ie homosexuality). Abortion amounts to the killing, not only of the baby, but of the mother also, in the sense that it is the ultimate expression of rejection of the maternal role. There is nothing natural about a mother killing her unborn child.
These are some of the outcomes, of the suppression of truth, and the exchanging of human dignity (the image of God), absolute truth, and the God assigned sexual roles. The fact that there is so much homosexuality in our society shouldn’t be a surprise in light of Romans 1.
Not only women, but men also, leave the natural use of the woman and become prey to unnatural desires that bring many to the horror of homosexuality. When men quit seeing woman as someone to protect, nurture, provide for, have children with, and when they no longer honor the mystery of birth and motherhood, the consequence for many is homosexuality. The roles have been rebelled at, did we think it would be without consequence?
Even the apostate church follows this pattern. First they deny the God ordained order for leadership in the church, that Pastors should be men, and the husband of one wife….etc . Almost always the ordination of women into pastoral roles in these ‘churches’ is followed by the ordination of homosexuals, or the abomination of homosexual marriages. Thus the apostate church bears witness to Romans chapter 1.
All of this can be traced to something deeper than “Nature or nurture” arguments. Homosexuality emerges in a culture in direct proportion to the suppression of the truth of God as personal creator, and the denial of the fact that we have broken some kind of code, and that we are all liable to a final judgment.
The passage warns of the final stage, which is that God gives them over to a reprobate mind. Reprobation means the inability to distinguish right from wrong, even further it means the inversion of right and wrong. We now live in a culture so degraded, that Homosexuals are celebrated as ‘civil rights victims’ and those who object to it, as regarded as dangerous homophobic reactionaries.
Jesus said He would come when it is as the days of Noah and Lot…Come quickly Lord Jesus!