Romans 1:25-32

Rom 1:25 KJV
Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.

Changed - To exchange or substitute
Served - Worshipped
Creature - Created thing

In this verse God introduces the exchange principle. What these abominable people did was to change the truth about God into a lie. This way, by creating lies concerning God, it is much easier to serve or worship the created thing. In verse 23 we had the four illustrations of the baseness of exchanging the truth of God for a lie. In this verse, God is telling us that they are fully involved with their false religions. Those in false religions always serve a false God. That is because their understanding of God has been satanically skewed toward the founder of the religion. Look at the four hundred million gods in India. Each one who follows one or more of these false gods, are doing obeisance to the formula laid down by the adherents in keeping with satisfying the requirements of that god, via interpretation by the leaders. These satanically endowed leaders will continue to keep the lies as impressive as they can to carry on the blindness of their followers.

Then the verse makes a comparison to the Creator who is blessed forever. In contrast to the creature worshippers who will be dammed forever. Whenever we exchange the truth of God and create some type of lie, it always seems to exalt man in such a way that they become the spokesman for God to their people. When people follow people, it is easy to destroy the truth about God and then replace it with false beliefs. People then become the authority through the exchange of truth for a lie.

Rom 1:26 KJV
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:

Here is a very ominous verse in that God gave them up. The word “vile” carries with it the meaning of “dishonor.” This verse teaches a major principle in that those who wish to engage in sinful lifestyles, God will abandon them to those lifestyles which means the end of those lifestyles is physical death and ultimately eternal damnation. Here God openly condemns sodomy as He says that the women, who normally should be moral, are now giving themselves to debasing their bodies by doing what is not natural. God designed the bodies of both men and women to be honored and not to be abused in sinful fashion. The word “natural” carries with it the meaning of instinctive. Normally, the woman would be drawn to the man but in the sodomite lifestyle, they are drawn to other women in an evil manner. God gave marriage and the two sexes to procreate and complement each other. Same sex relationships do not accomplish either and are an abomination unto the Lord. When God gives somebody up, there is no chance for salvation albeit God does have some of His Elect among the sodomites whom He will save but the rest He gives up to their sinful ways.

Rom 1:27 (KJV)
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 recompense of their error which was meet.

Now God indicts the men in the same manner as these sodomites who burned vehemently for other men. They have also lost their desire for women and have chosen to walk after the lusts of the sodomite. The word “unseemly” carries with it the meaning of “shameless or indecent.”  All one has to do is watch one of these sodomite pride parades and you will see their public indecency exposed. If you notice in this verse, God uses a single word which invalidates the concept that sodomites are born that way. God says “leaving…” which makes it a chosen lifestyle and not one that is forced on anyone. No sodomite is born that way, it is a learned lifestyle. The genetic scientists can take all the money they want from the sodomites and then create the lie that there is a gene which causes sodomy in a person and that is a total lie. People are born with genes that cause skeletal deformity, Lupus, Down’s Syndrome, Huntington’s Disease and others, and nowhere in the Bible do we read these people being condemned to Hell for this, yet the sodomites are condemned because it is a sinful lifestyle. Then God goes on to reveal that his lifestyle will have its “recompence” which carries with it the meaning of “penalty or a payment in the negative sense.” We see the reward of that lifestyle in AIDS, and other sexually transmitted diseases. They like to call themselves “Gay” but that lifestyle is anything but gay. Severe loneliness is one of the root penalties of that lifestyle. This is why they have hundreds of partners and are always trawling for new victims in hopes the next one will give some comfort. It will never happen because God will not allow it. He gave the man for the woman and the woman for the man, both sexes along with their inherent characteristics can give comfort to each other.

Rom 1:28 (KJV)
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;

On the heels of moral perversion is always the mental perversion. Those who engage in sinful lifestyles must obliterate any knowledge of God from their minds. To retain knowledge of God is to be reminded that there is accountability for their actions. So in this case, God has obliged them by allowing their minds to become so darkened with sin, that they feel at ease in doing their sinful actions, although God’s law is still written on their heart, as with all human beings. The word “reprobate’ carries with it the meaning of “unapproved after a testing or unworthy.” God gives them over to an unworthy mind. That unworthy mind causes them to do the things in concert with that darkened mind. The word “convenient” carries with it the meaning of “appropriate or suitable.” The sinful mind will never do what is appropriate and will never be in concert with the law of God, it will always seek ways to break that law. As God and righteousness were the sworn enemy of the sodomites in Sodom and Gomorrah, they are the sworn enemy of them today also.

Rom 1:29 (KJV)
Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,

Now God gives a representative list of the unsuitable things which emanate from the darkened mind.

Unrighteousness - “what is not conformable to what is right” - This is the umbrella word which is at the root of all the other sins.

Fornication - “Unchastity or prostitution”
Wickedness - “Evil nature which delights in evil”
Covetousness - “Insatiable desire or lust for more”
Maliciousness - “Depravity, ill will, evil, badness”
Full of Envy - “Filled with jealousy”
Murder - “The physical taking of life or the killing of someone in our hearts”
Debate - “Contentious and rivalries”
Deceit - “Adulteration of the truth for the reason of catching or deceiving someone”
Malignity - “Deep rooted ill-will or hatred, spitefulness”
Whisperers - “One who slanders”

Rom 1:30 (KJV)
Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,

Backbiters - “One who speaks against another or defames another
Haters of God - “Those who hate God”
Despiteful - “One who personally insults or a willful insolent man”
Proud - “One who believes they are better than or above others”
Boasters - “One who brags”
Inventors of evil things - “Those who devise evil, wicked, or depraved things”
Disobedient to Parents - “Stubborn or willful disobedience to parents”

Rom 1:31 (KJV)
Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:

Without Understanding - “Foolish or Stupid”
Covenant breakers - “Faithlessness in a depraved setting”
Without natural affection - “Unloving, cold, and hardened”
Implacable - “Irreconcilable as in one who will not make agreements.”
Unmerciful - “Having no pity or compassion”

Rom 1:32 (KJV)
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.

Here Paul makes a summation of what he has been saying. Even the most reprobate people who perform the basest sins still have knowledge of the judgment of God. Just because they choose to hide the knowledge does not mean the consequences go away. As the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrha is common knowledge today, it would have been common knowledge 2,000 years ago, especially since the destruction is written in the book of Genesis. They may try to hide the fact that every human being on Earth is accountable to God for their sins and they use the method of drawing others into their sin since some believe there is strength in numbers. We have that same philosophy today, “everybody is doing it so why can’t I?” or “So many people can’t be wrong can they?” No matter how many we draw into our sin, there will be consequences at the judgment seat and no one will escape the judgment of God. Drawing others into our sin shows how much contempt we have for others since they too will become snared by sin and will reap judgment. How many men and women have been sexually seduced with the trite saying, “but I love you!” when in essence it is not love but lust and a desire to use the other person for self-gratification. Just because the sinful person finds temporary pleasure in sin does not negate the fact that Judgment Day will reveal the sins of men and there will be eternal consequences for those sins.