God allows sin to run its course as an act of judgment
By Peter LaBarbera
What President Obama calls an “obscure line” in the New Testament Book of Romans condemning homosexual behavior is not obscure at all. In fact, in Scripture the proliferation of homosexual sin is a key sign of the downfall of a culture. The following is the culmination of key passage in Romans describing mankind’s descent into wickedness. We read in 1:18: “The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness.” The passage continues as men stopped glorifying God “but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.” The downward spiral into idolatry (1:22-23) continues:
The following are the study notes for the NIV (New International Version) Study Bible on Romans’ “God gave them over” verses, 1:24, 1:26, and 1:28:
Here is the NIV Study Bible (Zondervan 10th Anniv. edition: 1995) note on Romans 1:27:
Old Testament prohibitions
Here is the passage in the Old Testament Book of Leviticus (18:21-23), proscribing homosexual acts (v. 22). Note that it is sandwiched between the detestable act of sacrificing one’s children to the Ammonite god of Molech, and committing bestiality. (Seen any Bestiality Pride parades lately?) Earlier in the chapter are a series of condemnations of incest and adultery (emphasis added):
Here is the NIV Study Bible note introducing the section in Leviticus on unlawful sexual relations (Chs. 18-20), followed by the notes on Lev. 18:21 and 18:22:
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