Not Just “Their” Sins …

We need to recognize the importance of a little word in Romans 1:18, where the Apostle Paul writes: “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men …”.  This chapter is well-known for its condemnation of homosexuality, but we need to recognize that there is more than just one sin condemned in the passage.  It does not confine God’s wrath to any one type of transgression, but says it is against “ALL ungodliness and unrighteousness of men.”  

God’s word teaches here that His wrath rightly comes upon ALL types of sin: not only homosexual practice, but also ingratitude (:21), greed (:29), arrogance (:30) and not being merciful (:31).  Perhaps you are personally familiar with some of these shortcomings? Do you recognize that YOUR failings are also worthy of God’s wrath, and are only forgiven by grace, through faith in Jesus?

The fact that all of these sins are worthy of God’s wrath does NOT, however, excuse homosexual practice — or any other of these sins.  We do not accept one because they are all wrong; rather we need to see them ALL as deserving of God’s wrath. They ALL need to be repented of, and covered by the grace and forgiveness of God in Jesus.

Most importantly, our personal concern should not be directed towards the practices of others which deserve God’s wrath, whatever those practices are. We should each be most concerned about our own failings.  It is not just “their” sins which need God’s saving, changing grace — but our own as well!

About Shawn Thomas

My blog,, features the text of my sermons, book reviews, family life experiences -- as well as a brief overview of the Lifeway "Explore the Bible" lesson for Southern Baptist Sunday School teachers.
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