To me, this has always been one of the saddest subjects I find in the Bible.
The passage begins talking about homosexuality and then verses 29-31 describe the character of those that Paul is addressing.Romans, chapter 1...
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 recompence of their error which was meet.
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;
Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,
Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:
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.
My questions are:
Do those characteristics apply ONLY to homosexuality?
Or do those characteristics apply ALSO to those who aren't involved in sexual perversion, but non-Christians, or even Christians, who turn their backs on God?
If you know someone, who distinctly possesses those characteristics, is it correct to think that God has "given them over"?
How do you pray for such a one?
"God giving someone over". Is it as if God says, "Ok, you want to go that way? I'm letting go of you."
Over 30 years ago, when God converted me, getting me out of the Occult, I distinctly remember that, on several occasions, I felt as if the Holy Spirit was pulling Himself away from me. That He was removing His protective hand. It was terrifying. I, obviously, wasn't a Christian at the time. Alot of those characteristics, listed in the verses, applied to me. I fit the bill, so-to-speak.
Pardon if this subject as already been addressed. I'd appreciate the link if it has. You guys sure are good to the rest of us!