Precious Jesus

"Afresh, precious, precious Jesus, I resign this body to You, for doing or suffering, for living or dying. Will You accept it? Will You use me for Your glory more than heretofore, that You may have some little return for all the benefits You have done to me? Oh, do grant this request; my heart longs for it, my spirit pleads for it; and "if You will, You can." You know the hot temptation of which I am the subject. Bring Your glory out of it, and keep me from the evil, and it shall be well." - Ruth Bryan

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Going against nature

“Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.
Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.” – Romans 1:24-27
James Montgomery Boice,
“For centuries [lesbianism and male homosexuality] were hardly spoken of in western society. Although some were no doubt practicing these acts, they were considered so reprehensible that a moral person not only was not to speak about them, but he or she was not even to know what such vices involved. But today? Today they are written about with explicit detail in virtually every newspaper and magazine in our land. Grade-school children discuss them. Not only are we not shocked–but we have become complacent, as if this were a natural expression of an upright spirit. . . Fornication and adultery are not ‘unnatural’ sins, for they are not against nature. Of course, they are true sins, for they break the moral law of God. They result in ‘impurity’ and in the ‘degrading’ of our bodies, as Paul says. But they are not unnatural. On the contrary, they are in one sense quite natural. They are accomplished by using one’s body in a natural way. Not so with homosexuality! Homosexuality is ‘unnatural,’ and it is accomplished by using one’s body in an unnatural way, that is, against nature.
In the first case, we may well need the Bible to tell us that fornication is wrong…But in the case of homosexuality we do not even need this special revelation. A look at one’s sexual apparatus should convince anyone that practices of this kind are not normal. They were not meant to be. 
Perhaps this is why at this point, and at no other point in his discussion of the results of our rebellion, Paul speaks of a specific judgment of God upon the sin itself: ‘Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion’ (Rom. 1:27). Up to this point Paul has not been saying that God punishes these or other particular sins with particular penalties, but rather the abandonment of human beings to the committing of the sin is itself the punishment.”
taken from: The Boice Commentary Series: Romans, Volume 1 (1-4), Justification by Faith (Grand Rapids: Baker, 1991, emphasis added) pp. 181,182.

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