From The Pastor At St. Paul's UCC, Freeburg, IL

Coming This Sunday – Romans 1:18-32

Well here comes our first controversy as we’re moving through Romans this year – Romans 1, and Paul’s use of homosexual behavior as an example of the dynamic of human idolatry and God punishing people by letting them have their own way:\

 For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error. Romans 1:26-27 (ESV)

Because I just want everyone to like me, I avoid controversy. Yet here’s this text which, in our culture, is plenty controversial. I’d like to avoid two mistakes in my preaching on this text: 1) to so focus on the specific example that we miss the general dynamic; 2) to so focus on the general dynamic that we miss the specific application. So pray for me, beloved listeners!

Al Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, has written an interesting article that appeared in the Wall Street Journal recently. (Go here to read it; I think it will be worth your while.) Mohler has, over the years, consistently spoken out about the sinfulness of homosexual behavior. In this WSJ article he points to the astonishingly quick moral revolution that has occurred, in which gay sexual activity has gone from being verboten to being not only accepted but celebrated – all within a single lifetime. I know of no other revolution in personal morality that has happened this quickly. Mohler also confesses that evangelicals have been guilty of homophobia, and need to do a gut check to see if their response to the “gay issue” is coming out of fear or love.

You can hear Dr. Mohler speak more on this on this video.

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