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1:17 God is a God of justice. 1:18 God is a God of wrath against sin. 1:19 Man is not ignorant this. 1:20 God has made this known from the beginning; therefore, man is without excuse. 1:21 Man is so sinful since the fall, that though he knows this, he will not glorify God nor thank God apart from the intervention of God in power and Godhead. 1:22 And being without excuse, fallen man tried to use every argument against the truth but only proved to be foolish. 1:23 The foolishness of ungodly and unrighteous man offered to idols the honor and homage due to God alone. 1:24 Because man deserted God, God deserted man and â€śgave them upâ€ť to impurity of their lusts. 1:25 This is v23 reemphasized in a slightly different manner. 1:26-27 Because man deserted God, God deserted man and â€śgave them upâ€ť to degrading, disgraceful passions; that ultimately and specifically the illustration of the extent of this vile affection is homosexuality.
A general and cursory understanding of sin does not have the teeth to really bite into the truth, so to speak. We hear many people quote Rom 3:23 these days, but we hear so very few of them quoting Rom 1:26-32. The fall of man brought such total depravity, such complete corruption to the human condition, that when we hear about sin, it doesn't convict us because it is so general; the general truth doesn't penetrate us.
Jon Cardwell has served as a missionary to the Philippines, a pastor in California, and as a missionary-pastor to congregations in remote "bush" Alaska, among the Aleut people of King Cove, and the Yupik people of Scammon Bay. When symptoms of Lou Gerhigs disease began to manifest in...