Rom 1:26 “Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural 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 indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion.”
I will preface this article by saying that the Bible forbids us from hating any group of people. We are commanded to love our neighbor, and at the same time to preach the truth about God’s love, and the repentance from any and all sin.
Whenever an in-depth look is undertaken into any Bible passage, one must use a word-for-word translation like the ESV or the NASB, and possibly look at the Hebrew or Greek text using tools such as Strong’s dictionary among others. We will take a look at this passage and focus on the way apostle Paul uses the derivatives of the word “nature” in the context of homosexual relations.
One of the most important points of the gay agenda is to proclaim the idea that homosexual relations come naturally to the persons who subscribe to that orientation. This has been implied even by some evangelical leaders like Rick Warren… but not in so many words. A closer look in Romans 1 reveals that same-sex relations are not only sinful, but they are against nature the way God ordained it.
The context of Romans 1:18-32 is very important because it further solidifies this position. The theme here is God’s wrath against the depravity of mankind, making the point that idolatry is unnatural. It says that men committed an unnatural act in that they “exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man. (verse 23)” We see the contrast here between the natural and the unnatural, the glory of the immortal God and the images resembling mortal man, respectively.
Paul points to the transition between the natural worship of God, and the unnatural worship of man and idols. He also points to how men unnaturally “exchanged the truth about God for a lie (verse 25).”
Continuing in the same pattern of natural vs unnatural, Paul gives an example of human depravity: homosexuality. Just like the exchange of the “glory of the immortal God” for idolatry, and truth for lie was presented earlier, Paul now presents two more unnatural exchanges:
1. The phrase “their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones” references lesbianism as being unnatural, therefore against nature
2. The phrase “men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another” references homosexual relations among men and specifies that these men abandoned the natural state, that is the relationship ordained by God between man and woman in Gen 2:24. Paul makes a clear case that an unnatural relationship is now taking place between members of the same sex.
The final analysis is the result of depravity: “the due penalty for their perversion” which is the result of God giving “them up in the lusts of their hearts.”
Romans 1:26-27 is abundantly clear that homosexuality is not only sinful, but unnatural in the context of human relations ordained by God. The argument that homosexual desires are natural, as any other sinful desire like lust, hate, anger, and greed directly contradicts Romans 1 Scripture.
Related click here: Can one repent of these unnatural desires?