Deserving of Death

who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.

I know much has been said about same-sex marriages since it was approved by the Supreme Court last year, but Christians need the reminder that this heinous act of same-sex marriage is condemned by God. We cannot approve of those who do such things or we fall under the same condemnation as those who actually do those things.

This hits really close to home because I have a member of my family who is all excited about the fact that she gets to plan the wedding for her gay son. In the process, she is dragging other members of my family into this sinful act by getting them to approve of such wickedness. This is because those who attend a wedding are not just sitting in as onlookers. When you attend a wedding, you become a witness to what is taking place. You are actually a part of the event, and to participate in such an event is to show approval of the wicked relationship.

We must understand that participating in same-sex weddings is sitting in approval of those who are performing this unnatural and wicked act, and by approving of such, we are joining them in their sin.

We come to this know this reality through Paul’s letter to the Romans. After he has shown that homosexuality and lesbianism are actually God’s wrath on mankind, he paints a picture of what happens to all those whom He gives over to their sin for suppressing the truth in unrighteousness. Paul shows that this giving over to their sin, leads to a debased mind:

And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting (Romans 1:28).

This debased mind is part of the divine judgment God is pouring out on those who turn from what they know the created order to be. It shows a complete rejection of God and His world as He created it. These people are, in a sense, trying to break completely away from God and what He has ordered, in vain attempts to be completely autonomous. The sad reality is that God merely laughs at them in derision (Psalm 2). He does not sit in approval of this wickedness. He does not love them. His wrath is being poured out upon them and when we join in their activities, even under the false guise of “love,” then we join with them.

The debased mind Paul speaks of is one that is undiscerning. In other words, those who practice such things fail in their ability to discern between right and wrong, good and evil, God’s way or man’s way. The debased mind shows a lack of wisdom from God’s perspective. As Paul also writes, thinking themselves wise, they became fools. If we want to be truly wise, we must look to God’s wisdom, not the world’s wisdom. Gay marriage clearly falls under the category of worldly wisdom.

This lack of discernment leads to one of Paul’s lists of depravity:

And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful (Romans 1:28-31)

There is really a lot in all this when you take time to consider it. Paul says that these things are not fitting, but the end result of those who suppress the truth is unrighteousness. As Christians, we need to stand against the acts of depravity that lead to such wickedness, especially when one of those we love falls into such depravity. For by sitting in approval of such depravity, we are not standing for the truth, in fact, we are suppressing it. What needs to happen for our sinful loved one is that they encounter the truth in their lives, not approval of their sin nature.

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6 thoughts on “Deserving of Death

  1. The pressure from well-meaning people like the family member you mention can be such that choosing not to go can cause quite a disturbance.

    Some years ago I attended the wedding of some family friends. I would never again attend another, for the reasons you give in this article.

    Alec

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  2. Alec, forgive me for jumping in, but I would question the use of the term “well-meaning.” This person knows what God’s word says about homosexuality and continues to thumb her nose at Him in abject defiance. “And everyone did what was right in their own eyes…”

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  3. Shirley Jessome

    Yes Alex, I agree with what you wrote.

    I attended a gay birthday party with a friend of mine who worked with the woman and I said never again. That said there are gays in all walks of life and we interact with them constantly, what’s a person to do??

    Here’s a question I have Timothy, I am confused over” hating the sin not the sinner”. Some have taught and still teach that GOD does not hate the sinner, well HE does say HE will throw the “sinners” into every lasting damnation. So if GOD hates not only sins but the sinner, should we also hate the sinner and not only the sin?? Or does only GOD have the right to hate the sinners? I know we are not to hate, just wondering that’s all.

    Shirley Jessome

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    1. Hi Shirley,
      Yes, that statement is truly a false statement. This is why having Christ as our propitiation is so vital to our salvation. In Christ’s propitiation, He satisfied God’s wrath that rests upon us. Jesus removes that wrath, and endures it on our behalf. This wrath is God’s hatred of the sinner/sin. Psalm 5:5 reads “The boastful shall not stand before your eyes;
      you hate all evildoers.”

      All, who are outside of Christ, are evil doers. So the Scripture does not support the cliche.
      As for God’s hatred, He does have the right to hate that which is evil, since the evil committed is against Him alone. He does take the affront of sin personally, which is why there is wrath in the first place. His holiness demands that His wrath be satisfied. BTW, this why the statement that Paul makes, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us, so monumental. God provided the propitiation for those whom He had chosen, dealing with His own wrath through the Son’s sacrifice, thereby demonstrating His love. But that love is only for those “in Christ.”

      As for us, we are to strive to be at peace with all men if possible, praying for, sharing and pointing them to the gospel. We are called to pray and love our enemies, but our love is different than His love, and His hatred. His hatred for evil is perfect, our hatred for evil should start in our own hearts, and work outward. I hope this helps.

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  4. Great article Timothy. Many people say why do Christians seem to single out homosexuality more than other sins. I say it only seems that way because they practically demand our approval. I say let liars thieves murderers, etc. start demanding we approve those sins and they will get the same response from Christians. What you responded to Shirley about was good. Whenever the “God hates sin but He loves the sinner” cliche comes up, I ask, if that’s the case why doesn’t God just send the sin to hell and let the sinner go free? God bless you brother.

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