Tuesday, June 17, 2008

God Gave Them Up

Those of "vile affections" in the aberrant city spent the day justifying their shame. Forgotten the brimstone and fire "the LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah" (cf. Genesis 19:24). Forgotten the fume of those cities that "went up as the smoke of a furnace" (cf. Genesis 19:28). Forgotten the crater burned deep into the earth, and the sea that fills it still releasing droplets of unburned pitch. And forgotten the time when "God gave them up":

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. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools... Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: 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. 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: 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

(Romans 1:24-27).

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