Reprobate Homosexuals (Romans 1 and 2) | Victor Tey

Romans 1 describes a righteous judgment of God on those who reject him and hold the truth in unrighteousness. Although God is long-suffering, there comes a time when salvation is no longer offered and for some that indulge in sin, this may come before death. What is the punishment? a reprobate mind that is given over to homosexuality.

Romans 1:26-28  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: 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. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;

An in-depth look at Romans 1:16-32

  1. Rom 1:16-17
    1. The gospel (death, burial and resurrection) is the means by which those that believe are saved
    2. Not by works
    3. Not necessarily what might convince a person to believe, that can be a multitude of reasons
  2. Rom 1:18
    1. This is a key verse in my opinion.
    2. We are just told how God revealed his righteousness, now God is about to explain how he revealed his wrath.
    3. It isn’t something spiritual that no one alive has seen, the gospel was an event that was physically manifested.
    4. So this is not talking about hell, which no one alive has seen.
    5. It is talking about a physical attribute that can be witnessed.
    6. What is the action? – holding the truth in unrighteousness
    7. We all do this to a certain degree because the law of God is written on our hearts with our conscience bearing witness (see Romans 2:14-15).
    8. But some to a degree more than others.
  3. Rom 1:19-20
    1. These verses reinforce the idea in Rom 2:14-15
    2. Not only our conscience (“manifest in them”), but also creation bears withness of the truth
    3. We are all without excuse (Compare Psalm 14:1 – fool… there is no God)
  4. Rom 1:21-32
    1. Action and reaction – not a progression
    2. Notice the word “then” is not used. It’s almost like a sentence that never ends.
    3. action-v21a reaction-v21b
    4. action-v22-23 reaction-v24
    5. action-v25 reaction-v26-27
    6. action-v28a reaction-v28b-31
    7. action-v32
    8. These reactions is how God is revealing his wrath to us as per Rom 1:18

Objections

  1. “Gave them up” or “gave them over” does not necessarily = reprobate
    1. Specifically “gave them over” to a reprobate mind = reprobate, not just the terms “gave them up” or “gave them over” alone.
    2. Acts 7:42 – shows God giving up the nation of Israel to idolatry
    3. Although, the counter would be that this scenario was a symbol of rejection because that generation that worshipped the calf with Aaron all died in the wilderness.
    4. Also judgment on Israel eventually came when they were taken into captivity.
  2. Non-reprobates can have homosexual lust
    1. Rom 1:24 – through the lusts of their own heart
    2. You could argue that they are given over to natural lusts and it becomes unnatural lust
    3. Or you could argue that it happens simultaneous, that when they descend into that level of depravity is when God gives them over to it if they continue to reject the truth in themselves.
    4. Compare Ephesians 4:17-19 – given themselves over
    5. I would tend to agree that no normal non-reprobate individual lusts after the same gender in a sexual way.
    6. Weaker argument: Rom 1:28 – “not convenient” means it doesn’t come easily or naturally
      1. This is not the meaning of “not convenient” in the bible.
      2. Compare Ephesians 5:4 – these sins come very easily and naturally for us
      3. In the bible is seems to imply that it is not meet or suitable
      4. See Proverb 30:7-9 – food “convenient” for me – meet?
      5. Seems to agree with the thought in Rom 1:26-27 – “against nature”, “unseemly”, “error”
      6. Rom 1:27 was meet – their recompence was meet, but not what they were doing
  3. Romans 2:1-6
    1. What are the “such things” = unrighteousness
    2. Rom 1:18 – hold the truth in unrighteousness
    3. Rom 1:29 – being filled with all unrighteousness
    4. The judgement was being given over to vile affections (lusts), fornication against nature, eg. homosexuality.
    5. Rom 2:3 – This was an early judgment for these individuals but those who will not be saved will not escape God’s judgment
    6. This is further support that being given over to a reprobate mind = no longer can be saved.
    7. When you go to hell, you are also reprobate (see previous sermon).
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