Homosexuals Can Still Get Saved (Refuting Unbiblical Interpretation of Romans 1 )

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I believe the Bible is God’s word, so I believe it when it says sodomy is an abominable vile affection (Leviticus 18:22 and Romans 1:26-27).  As a result of this belief, I have come across people who simply respectfully disagreed with me recognizing that many people have opinions that are unpopular in modern society (these are usually the people that know me well), some people have deemed me a “homophobic bigot” and developed a rather vicious attitude toward me.

It is without question about what the Bible says about this, however, many people quote Romans 1:18-32 to try and say that sodomites can never get saved, specifically quoting Romans 1:28 which reads “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;”

While the whole passage is referring to people who have been given over to a reprobate mind, people falsely assume that it is referring to every single sodomite.  The people that this passage is talking about began by making a final rejection of receiving Christ as their Savior.  Consider below.

Romans 1:20-23- [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 Godhead; so they are without excuse: [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. [22] Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools. [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.

You see that they wanted nothing to do with God, and so they gave all of the evidence of Him and His glory to their false goddess of “mother nature” because they did not want to accept the fact that they were accountable to Him, so he then gives them over to a reprobate mind, with the sodomite lifestyle being one of the abominations that they are given over to.  You will with the following verses though, that this can not be referring to every single sodomite.

1 Corinthians 6:9-11- [9] Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God?  Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, [10] Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. [11] And such were some of you, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God. 

(People also love to try and quote 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 to say that you can not go to heaven if you commit sin.  See a refutation of that interpretation here.

Notice the first bolded section where it says, “nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind.”  You will see that sodomites are covered RIGHT THERE.  Then notice the second bolded section that reads “And such were some of you.”  You can see that there were people in the church at Corinth, that had committed sodomite acts, but you see with the rest of the bolded section, they were saved .

Something else that a lot of people among the crowd that believe Romans 1 is referring to every single sodomite says is that “they commit suicide all the time because THEY KNOW THEY ARE VILE.”  That does not even come close to adding up, if they believe every single one of them is a doomed unsavable reprobate.  Consider the following.

Romans 1:29-31- [29] Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, [30] Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, [31] Without understanding, covenant-breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: [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.

You can see that the people who have reached the phrase that Romans 1 is referring to have no conscience of any sort.  They will do whatever they please as long as it feels good for them (what a dangerous way to live your life, if it feels good, do it).  They don’t care what people think of them, and they are proud of who they are.  They are they most monstrous people on the planet.  Now personally, I actually do believe that some sodomites commit suicide because they have a conscience that knows what they are doing goes against a God ordained natural order, but that is not a contradiction for me, because I don’t believe every single last one of them is a doomed reprobate.

To conclude, I will use Romans 1 to show how the Bible calls sodomy and unnatural vile affection, but the part of them being given over to a reprobate mind, can not be referring to every single sodomite. Some of you will say amen to the points I made, some of you may respectfully disagree, and some of you may sink deeper into their pride and accuse me of “defending the sodomites,” and if you are one of those guys, then I feel very sorry for you that you were not able to pass 1st grade comprehension.  I believe every part of God’s word.  In the name of The Lord Jesus Christ I write unto you.  Amen.

 

 

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