Romans 1:26-27 NASB
“For this reason, God gave them over to their degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural,27and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire towards one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error.”
Out of worship for the created comes forth perversion in our lives. Paul addresses what is all too common in the greek culture which is homosexual relations. His readers would have understood exactly what he was talking about. And many of Paul’s future readers from greek backgrounds had possibly participated in these actions. Greek culture at the root of its issues was false worship of the created, and out of that comes the exchanging of God’s preordained plan of sexual activity and perverts it by giving in to degrading passions of homosexuality.
This exchange of the natural function began in Genesis 6. The “sons of God” as referred in Genesis 6:2 have another name given in the book of Enoch. They are called the Watchers. They were heavenly angels that “watched” over mankind and instead of maintaining their natural place as angelic beings watching mankind, they came and took human women and bore sons from them which are called the Nephilim. The Nephilim were essentially abominations of human/angel hybrids. They were giants that were killed in the flood of Noah and there was still a remnant of them left over that the Hebrews had to kill in the land of Canaan. Out of this unnatural union came great evil and suffering. Jude 1:6 explains what happened to them “And angels who did not keep their own domain, but abandoned their proper abode, He has kept in eternal bonds under darkness for the judgement of the great day.” In God’s perfect plan of order and natural functioning, both angels and mankind have rebelled against God and done what is right in their own eyes. When we exchange the natural functions God has ordained for us for unnatural ones, we incur the wrath of God. Paul says, “God gave them over”. God has simply left those who are bent on destruction and wickedness to let them self destruct.
When someone says, “Can I be a Christian and a homosexual?” The answer is, “what has God said?” Not our interruption, not our feelings and not what the world says. What does God say? He created a natural function for our sexuality, a blessed one. When we try to exchange this for something unnatural (homosexuality, adultery, fornication) we pridefully rebel against God. In todays society, we condemn anyone who speaks against homosexuality. In fact, its almost looked at as a hate crime. But if we truly believe in God’s Word, who are we to question what God has deemed natural and unnatural. The point in Paul addressing this isn’t to point a specific group out and make them look worse then other sinners, it’s to reveal the downward spiral that has happened to man: internal knowledge of God, suppression of truth, practicing unrighteousness, worshipping the created, exchanging natural functions God has given us for the unnatural, and receiving of the duty penalty of their error.