Against Nature

Homosexuality: men with men Working that which IS unseemly. From the book of Romans, the first chapter, vs 15-32.

15 So, as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to you that are at Rome also.

   16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.

   17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.

   18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;

There is a WRATH of God, which is revealed from heaven. Of note, it is possible to [hold the truth] in unrighteousness. But is that wise? Read on.

   19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.

   20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and divine nature; so that they are without excuse:

The above verses are instructive to me. They point out, that [without] preachers, without man preaching the gospel, the Word of God has gone forth. so that the INVISIBLE things ... from the Creation of the world are CLEARLY SEEN. Even His Eternal Power and divine nature. There is NO excuse for unrighteousness. Homosexuality IS unrighteous.

   21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.

Now we begin to understand how things happen. As GOD is revealed, if HE is not Glorified as GOD, if one is not THANKFUL, that ole common courtesy many of our parents sought to teach us... then the imagination becomes VAIN. And a FOOLISH heart becomes darkened. Foolishness in scripture often expresses a sense of rebellion.

   22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,

Vanity leads to men thinking they are wise, they even talk of having thrown aside the ignorance of 'superstition' when speaking of bible believing folks. And it is only going to get worse.

   23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.

This is a key point in the society I live in. The common day idols of rock stars, movie stars, porn stars, etc. etc. [changed the glory of the UNCORRUPTIBLE God into an image made like to corruptible man.] GOD CAN NOT BE CORRUPTED. HE ALONE IS UNCORRUPTIBLE AND WORTHY OF WORSHIP.

   24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:

What happens when God is Not Glorified? by men? HE gives them up to uncleanness. Through the LUST of their OWN Hearts --- and thru this Lust they dishonour their own bodies between themselves.

   25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshiped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.

Men worshiping men. What did JESUS say, that even in relation to wife and children, compared to our Love of God, it should be as if we hate them. Does that mean that we hate our family. NO. It means we should LOVE the Lord before all others, and have no idolatry in our hearts.

   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:

What does God call this perversion ----- VILE AFFECTIONS. Noting that even their woman did change the natural use into that which is against nature.

   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.

Plain ole common sense would tell you it is unseemly for a man to put his sexuality into a place filled with dung. Vile Affections is what scripture states.

   28 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;

A reprobate minds does not believe that the Judgment of God will fall on them for their actions. For a VAIN mind leads to a darkened heart.

   29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,

And here, scripture lectures us who might [pride] ourselves on not being homosexuals. Here scripture takes the parable of that which is unseemly, something most of us can easily amen, and says, oh, by the way --- do you Know what else is unseemly that vain thoughts will lead you into, sins that come out of the same root! Look at this list, and examine yourself afresh, lest there be any worm of Satan seeking to devour you, that roaring lion JESUS warned us about who goes about seeking to kill and destroy.

Fornication

Wickedness

Covetousness --- here lover's of mammon, those greedy of filthy lucre are lumped together with those practicing homosexual relations...

maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers

even debate --- there is an ungodly form of debate ---- whisperers reminds me of gossip, and how what is whispered can go down as a delicious morsel to the one listening...

   30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,

Proud and Boastful --- despiteful -- even disobedience to parents....

   31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:

The Word of God continues to penetrate the heart --- leading to another revelation:

   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.

And how one might ask, is the Word of God seemingly so impotent in this country. And then one realizes, the Word of God is not impotent. the Word of God is not without power ---- we, you, I, your neighbor down the street, we don't have enough Word of God in us. We do Not really practice the bible. We fail to meditate on His Word Day and Night. His Precious Word we often mock. Not outwardly. Not verbally. But by what we don't do.

I think about the early believers in the book of Acts. And how they prayed. How they believed. My namesake in scripture, Stephen. [8And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and miracles among the people.] I certainly have not filled my heart with such Word, that I might preach as Stephen preached. And that also, is unseemly.

Notes from the Torah:  Leviticus 18th chapter, KJV translation

Leviticus 18

 1 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,

 2 Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, I am the LORD your God.

 3 After the doings of the land of Egypt, wherein ye dwelt, shall ye not do: and after the doings of the land of Canaan, whither I bring you, shall ye not do: neither shall ye walk in their ordinances.

 4 Ye shall do my judgments, and keep mine ordinances, to walk therein: I am the LORD your God.

 5 Ye shall therefore keep my statutes, and my judgments: which if a man do, he shall live in them: I am the LORD.

 6 None of you shall approach to any that is near of kin to him, to uncover their nakedness: I am the LORD.

 7 The nakedness of thy father, or the nakedness of thy mother, shalt thou not uncover: she is thy mother; thou shalt not uncover her nakedness.

 8 The nakedness of thy father's wife shalt thou not uncover: it is thy father's nakedness.

 9 The nakedness of thy sister, the daughter of thy father, or daughter of thy mother, whether she be born at home, or born abroad, even their nakedness thou shalt not uncover.

 10 The nakedness of thy son's daughter, or of thy daughter's daughter, even their nakedness thou shalt not uncover: for theirs is thine own nakedness.

 11 The nakedness of thy father's wife's daughter, begotten of thy father, she is thy sister, thou shalt not uncover her nakedness.

 12 Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy father's sister: she is thy father's near kinswoman.

 13 Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy mother's sister: for she is thy mother's near kinswoman.

 14 Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy father's brother, thou shalt not approach to his wife: she is thine aunt.

 15 Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy daughter in law: she is thy son's wife; thou shalt not uncover her nakedness.

 16 Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy brother's wife: it is thy brother's nakedness.

 17Thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of a woman and her daughter, neither shalt thou take her son's daughter, or her daughter's daughter, to uncover her nakedness; for they are her near kinswomen: it is wickedness.

 18Neither shalt thou take a wife to her sister, to vex her, to uncover her nakedness, beside the other in her life time.

 19 Also thou shalt not approach unto a woman to uncover her nakedness, as long as she is put apart for her uncleanness.

 20 Moreover thou shalt not lie carnally with thy neighbour's wife, to defile thyself with her.

 21 And thou shalt not let any of thy seed pass through the fire to Molech, neither shalt thou profane the name of thy God: I am the LORD.

 22 Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.

 23 Neither shalt thou lie with any beast to defile thyself therewith: neither shall any woman stand before a beast to lie down thereto: it is confusion.

 24 Defile not ye yourselves in any of these things: for in all these the nations are defiled which I cast out before you:

 25 And the land is defiled: therefore I do visit the iniquity thereof upon it, and the land itself vomiteth out her inhabitants.

 26 Ye shall therefore keep my statutes and my judgments, and shall not commit any of these abominations; neither any of your own nation, nor any stranger that sojourneth among you:

 27(For all these abominations have the men of the land done, which were before you, and the land is defiled;)

 28That the land spue not you out also, when ye defile it, as it spued out the nations that were before you.

 29 For whosoever shall commit any of these abominations, even the souls that commit them shall be cut off from among their people.

 30 Therefore shall ye keep mine ordinance, that ye commit not any one of these abominable customs, which were committed before you, and that ye defile not yourselves therein: I am the LORD your God.

Part II - Sexual Purity

 1 Timothy 5

 1Rebuke not an elder, but intreat him as a father; and the younger men as brethren;

 2The elder women as mothers; the younger as sisters, with all purity.

A brother seeks to protect his sister.

Joseph, because he had the Word of G-d in his heart, when confronted with the

evil of fornication, FLED away from it.

Genesis 39

7And it came to pass after these things, that his master's wife cast her eyes upon Joseph; and she said, Lie with me. 8But he refused, and said unto his master's wife, Behold, my master wotteth not what is with me in the house, and he hath committed all that he hath to my hand;

 9There is none greater in this house than I; neither hath he kept back any thing from me but thee, because thou art his wife: how then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God? 10And it came to pass, as she spake to Joseph day by day, that he hearkened not unto her, to lie by her, or to be with her.

 11And it came to pass about this time, that Joseph went into the house to do his business; and there was none of the men of the house there within.

 12And she caught him by his garment, saying, Lie with me: and he left his garment in her hand, and fled, and got him out.

************************************

18Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.

 19Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privily.

 20But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.

 21And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.

 22Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying,

 23Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.

 24Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife:

 25And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS.

Note from the above passage, that Joseph is referred to as a "just man".  As a just man he had regards for Mary, in a situation which tried his faith towards her.  The integrity of Joseph in not having sexual relations with Mary until After Yeshua [the Lord Jesus Christ] came forth from the womb, is often not appreciated.  As a young man, married to a young woman, it would have been perfectly acceptable for them to have sexual relations.

Joseph, however, respected the Word of God.  Knowing the scripture, that a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son --- and knowing that if he engaged in sexual relations with Mary, she would not be a virgin when the child was brought forth, he exhibited a purity towards woman, we can all learn from. He had respect towards Mary, towards the Word of G-d, and towards the Holy Child who had been conceived in Mary of the Holy Spirit, Ruach HaKodesh. 

                                          *       *      *      *

 

From Revelation 22nd chapter, a few verses:

He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy,let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still. And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.

I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.

Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.

For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.

From David Stern's commentary from his book Jewish New Testament Commentary which may currently be purchased on Amazon, among other places, concerning the use of the word dogs. The quoted section from page 856.

Homosexuals, Greek kunes ("dogs").  One can imagine literal wild dogs slavering over the wicked excluded from the city (Compare Mt 15:26&N, Lk 16:21), But Deuteronomy 23:18-19 illustrates the figurative use of the word "dog" in the bible to mean "male (homosexual) prostitute":

No daughter of Israel is to be a female prostitute (k'deshah), nor is a son of Israel to be a male prostitute (kadesh).  You are to bring neither the wages of a female prostitute (zonah) nor the wages of a dog (keleve) into the house of Adonai your God in payment of any vow; both of them are an abomination to Adonai your God.

 I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.

 

Comments, Questions

Stephen Wick

Box 9397

Wichita Falls, TX 76308

Foot Notes:

Provers 5:1-8

My son, attend unto my wisdom, and bow thine ear to my understanding: 2That thou mayest regard discretion, and that thy lips may keep knowledge. 3For the lips of a strange woman drop as an honeycomb, and her mouth is smoother than oil:4But her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two-edged sword.5Her feet go down to death; her steps take hold on hell.6Lest thou shouldest ponder the path of life, her ways are moveable, that thou canst not know them.7Hear me now therefore, O ye children, and depart not from the words of my mouth.8Remove thy way far from her, and come not nigh the door of her house:





  

Click back to Bible Study Index page