Posted by: Alicia | December 2, 2008

Homosexuality and the Bible – Romans Chapter 2

It upsets me when I hear Romans chapter 1 used to condemn homosexuals. For Romans chapter 1 is about all mankind, not one sector of society.  It is about mankind without God.  It had nothing to do with two men or two women living in a loving, committed relationship. The people in verses 26 – 27 were temple prostitutes or worshipers involved in religious orgies. Also, Romans chapter 1 is followed by chapter 2, which includes in the first 3 verses an admonition to Christians to not judge.

Romans 2:1-3:

“1. Therefore you have no excuse, everyone of you who passes judgment, for in that which you judge another, you condemn yourself; for you who judge practice the same things.
2. And we know that the judgment of God rightly falls upon those who practice such things.
3. But do you suppose this, O man, when you pass judgment on those who practice such things and do the same yourself, that you will escape the judgment of God?”

What are some of the “same things” that Christians could be guilty of that Paul is referencing? Hmmm … let’s take a look at Romans 1:29-31:

  • greed
  • envy
  • strife
  • deceit
  • malice
  • gossip
  • slander
  • insolence
  • arrogance
  • boastfulness
  • disobedience to parents
  • without understanding
  • untrustworthy
  • unloving
  • unmerciful
  • and although they know they shouldn’t do these things, they take pleasure in it, and even encourage others to do so

I don’t know about you, but I do believe I’ve heard about several high profile people, who claim to be Christians that have done some if not all those things I listed above.

Over and over again, I hear people using scriptures from the Old Testament, making reference to Leviticus, and using this to make their point that homosexuality is an abomination, and that those who do this will go to hell. Yet, once again, they ignore scriptures from the New Testament telling them the following:

Romans 2:12-16:

“12. For all who have sinned without the Law will also perish without the Law, and all who have sinned under the Law will be judged by the Law; 13. for it is not the hearers of the Law who are just before God, but the doers of the Law will be justified.
14. For when Gentiles who do not have the Law do instinctively the things of the Law, these, not having the Law, are a law to themselves,
15. in that they show the work of the Law written in their hearts, their conscience bearing witness and their thoughts alternately accusing or else defending them, 16. on the day when, according to my gospel, God will judge the secrets of men through Christ Jesus.

In other words, people who do not know the Law, will not be judged by it. But instead, they are a law unto themselves. The work of the Law is written in their hearts, and they will, via their conscious, do either what is right or what is wrong. So if a person is gay or lesbian, and science tells us that it is genetic, then there is nothing wrong with it. A person (gay or straight) who is not a Jew will be judged by how they live their lives. Is the person loving, and kind and giving? Do they love justice and are they merciful? Do they care for others, and do unto others as they would have them do unto them? Then that is what they will be judged by.

And if the person (homosexual or heterosexual) loves God, has accepted Christ, then they are under Grace, and they too have the Law in their heart (or a conscious). For scripture tells us,

“This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them” Heb 10:16

The only difference for Christians is that they (homosexual or heterosexual) are covered by what Christ did for them. And they trust in this being enough for them.

“For it is by Grace that you are saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works,that no one should boast” – Eph 2:8-9

I do, however, believe that God will also judge what is in their hearts, and whether their faith in Christ in genuine or not. Are they just claiming the name of Christ and still living a life of licentiousness? Or are they trying to do as Christ taught in all his parables and in the Sermon on the Mount?  Either way, it is not for anyone to judge anyone. God is the judge, for God knows all our hearts and our intentions. And we, as humans, do not, believe or not, know each other’s hearts.

Let’s finish by reading Romans 2:4-11:

“4. Or do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness and tolerance and patience, not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance? 5. But because of your stubbornness and unrepentant heart you are storing up wrath for yourself in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God, 6. who WILL RENDER TO EACH PERSON ACCORDING TO HIS DEEDS: 7. to those who by perseverance in doing good seek for glory and honor and immortality, eternal life; 8. but to those who are selfishly ambitious and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, wrath and indignation. 9. There will be tribulation and distress for every soul of man who does evil, of the Jew first and also of the Greek, 10. but glory and honor and peace to everyone who does good, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. 11. For there is no partiality with God. ”

I think that about sums it up.

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