~Romans 1:26 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:
~Romans 1:27 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.
~Romans 1:29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,
~Romans 1:30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
~Romans 1:31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:
I doubt Paul was a popular teacher at the time that he wrote this letter to the Romans. How much more unpopular he would be today!
The devil has surely had his way with this world and we are living in the times when Paul’s comments are ever more true. I look at the sins that Paul points out in today’s text. Let’s modernize what he lists:
- Men leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another (verse 27) – how can one be neutral on the sin of homosexuality? God is still on His Throne and still considers this sin!
- Unrighteousness (verse 29) – anything that is unholy – anything that is sin
- Fornication (verse 29) – sex outside of marriage
- Wickedness (verse 29) – G4189 – πονηρία – ponēria – pon-ay-ree’-ah – From G4190; depravity, that is, (specifically) malice; plural (concretely) plots, sins: – iniquity, wickedness.
- Covetousness (verse 29) – excessively wanting what someone else has
- Maliciousness (verse 29) – proceeding from extreme hatred
- Full of envy (verse 29) – to feel discontent at someone else’s happiness
- Murder (verse 29) – to kill another human being
- Debate (verse 29) – quarrelsome
- Deceit (verse 29) – misleading others
- Malignity (verse 29) – deep rooted spite – extreme sinfulness
- Whisperers (verse 29) – one who tells secrets – one who slanders secretly
- Backbiters (verse 30) – one who slanders another who is absent
- Haters of God (verse 30) – not so much in word but in action – hateful to God
- Despiteful (verse 30) – full of spite – malicious
- Proud (verse 30) – appearing above others
- Boasters (verse 30) – one who glories ostentatiously
- Inventors of evil things (verse 30) – a contriver of evil, bad and wicked things
- Disobedient to parents (verse 30) – Wow! Imagine that being included in this list! Self explanatory.
- Without understanding (verse 31) – Foolish – unintelligent
- Covenantbreakers (verse 31) – treacherous to compacts and covenants made with others and in the sight of God
- Without natural affection (verse 31) – hard hearted toward kindred (those related by birth or marriage)
- Implacable (verse 31) – Irreconcilable anger
- Unmerciful (verse 31) – Without mercy
~Romans 1:32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.
Paul continues to say that man commits those sins knowing the judgment of God AND they find pleasure in others who do them. What depravity!
Our world has reached this point. Sin has permeated our society to the point where it is called “good”! From times of old, the prophets proclaimed:
~Isaiah 5:20 Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
Our world today is trying to make homosexuality legal. Our world today has already accepted sex outside of marriage. Our world today has already accepted the breaking of covenants, including that of marriage. Each of the sins listed by the Apostle Paul are not even looked upon as “all that bad”!!
What is one to do? If one finds himself doing so, it is time to repent and turn from his wicked ways! God is still on His Throne. He is still holy. He is still the Judge and will require an account of everything done.