God’s Wrath Revealed Part 2
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. NKJV
When most of us think about the wrath of God we usually think of great plagues or earthquakes or fire coming down from heaven. In the recent book series by Tim LaHaye God’s wrath takes on the fulfillment of much of the disasters described in the book of Revelation.
But Paul tells us that the wrath of God can take a much more subtle nature.
In this passage we find that God’s wrath take on a different make up and effect. How often have we seen the atheist call out to God to strike him dead if He really exists. And we might think the atheist wins when God takes no action. But there might be a much more destructive course for God to take. He might just allow the atheist to become more defiled in life to the point to bring shame on himself. There are worse ways to die than by getting struck by lightning.
So Paul shows us that there is a way God’s wrath against ungodly people can seem that they are getting their way. That they are doing just as they want. And they never realize that the fact that God allows them to do that is in itself a judgment from God.
Which children usually turn out the best? The ones who get to do what ever they want or the ones that the parents take tight control over. One of the worst instance of child abuse is when you do not correct your children. When parents do not correct their children they are setting them up for destruction and even an early death.
So let us see what Paul is telling us. This chapter ends with three paragraphs. The last two are only an explanation of the previous one that we just read.
I. Therefore God also gave them up
A. To uncleanness
1. In the lusts of their hearts
a. The word uncleanness can refer to either physically or morally
b. As we see from the reference to the heart, it is referring to moral uncleanness.
2. To dishonor their bodies among themselves
a. The human body is God’s creation and there is nothing shameful in way God designed us.
b. Nor is sex shameful, as long as it is in marriage.
c. That is all according to God’s plan.
d. But when people depart from God, all sorts of shameful behavior can be the result.
B. Who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever.
1. Here again Paul want us to make sure that we know that man’s immorality is a direct connection to his abandonment of God.
A. For this reason God gave them up to vile passions.
a. There is a level that even Paul does not go to in this passage.
b. The other day I read of a new political party in the Netherlands that want to lower the age of consensual sex to twelve and they want to be able to marry their pets.
2. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature.
a. Paul says “even their women” to show how bad things can get.
b. For although homosexual men have been know in almost every age, lesbian women is of a greater rarity.
c. If you want to know how far our society has devolve consider this.
3. 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.
III. God gave them over to a debased mind
A. Because they did not like to retain God in their knowledge
1. This goes back to the passage last week
2. God has revealed Himself to us but people refuse that simple but powerful revelation.
B. To do those things which are not fitting;
C. Being filled with all unrighteousness,
D. sexual immorality,
H. full of envy,
I. they are whisperers,
K. haters of God,
O. inventors of evil things,
P. disobedient to parents,
IV. 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.
A. No shame
B. But a propagation of the shameful practices.
Paul teaches us that man without God will come to all these things.
It is only through a right relationship with God that we avoid the curse that sin brings.