Sexual Confusion in Scripture

Romans 1
“Verses 26, 27
For this cause God gave them up unto vile passions: for their women changed 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 unseemliness, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was due.
For this cause God gave them up unto vile passions …
These words affirm the judicial nature of the penalty enforced upon ancient apostate nations which overstepped the hidden boundary between God’s mercy and his wrath and were “given up.” This is the second time in this section that the fact of God’s judicial sentence has been mentioned, and here the emphasis is upon the cause of it, “for this cause” stressing the overflowing nature of their sins. See under preceding verse.

In these verses, and preceding, sexual deviation is brought to attention, not merely as sin, which it is, but also as punishment for sin, Rom. 1:26 dealing with the female deviate, and Rom. 1:27 with the male. How is sin the punishment of sin? In the light of these verses, the debaucheries of the depraved are in themselves a punishment well-suited to the crime of turning away from God. The horrible lusts mentioned here, burning with ever greater and greater intensity, descending constantly to lower and lower levels of uncleanness, and, at last, leaving the sinner consumed by an insatiable lust, cause this terminal condition to be one of utter pitiableness and misery. This is what is meant by the statement that such persons receive “in themselves” the reward justly due their conduct.”
Burton Coffman, Commentary on Romans

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