What is “the due penalty for their error” in Romans?

I have often heard that Romans 1:26-27, “they received in themselves the due penalty for their error” is referring to the punishment of AIDS upon homosexuals. This argument is illogical for several reasons. Let me break it down by focusing on different parts of this statement.

They received in themselves the due penalty for their error.”

First, we must look at the source of who Paul was speaking to (the Romans). Who are they? These were men and women who “knew God” but “They traded the glory of God who lives forever for the worship of idols made to look like earthly people, birds, animals, and snakes.” (Romans 1:23). Even though they knew God and His laws, they “served created things rather than the Creator.” (Romans 1:25). Just as they “exchanged God’s truth for a lie” they “exchanged their natural (sexual) functions for that which is unnatural.” (Romans 1:25-27) If an exchange is present, this means that their must first be something to be traded. They traded God for idols, and also traded their sanctity of sex within commitment for pagan ritual sex acts. Pagan ritual in Biblical times encouraged the use of male shrine prostitutes in order to give a sperm sacrifice to idols. Heterosexual men involved in this would have homosexual sex with the male shrine prostitutes in order to give sacrifice to their gods. In the same way, women shrine prostitutes took in them the sacrificed male sperm anally. These are unnatural sex acts because they are not sex within commitment, but sex for false gods. (Note that this verse does not condemn any form of committed same-gender relationships.)

“They received in themselves the due penalty for their error.”

Now that we see who Paul is speaking about, we must realize that the punishment they received was in themselves. With this said, the Romans who exchanged God for idols and performed homosexual pagan rituals received this punishment. If this is so, then why was the first case of AIDS in the early 1980’s? If AIDS is “God’s punishment” for homosexuality, than why did He wait so long and what was the penalty for the men living in the time of the Romans if their only sin was that of being gay? It was not written, “2,000 years later, homosexuals received the due penalty for their error.”

“They received in themselves the due penalty for their error.”

The penalty was not for the act of sex itself, but of living a life apart from God. If we look throughout the Scriptures, the due penalty of sin is death. Although many would say AIDS is the penalty, this is not a disease specific to homosexuals or the promiscuous. Many children are born with AIDS, so what have they done wrong to deserve such a penalty? Many have gotten AIDS after a blood transfusion. Was this a sinful act deserving of such an irreversible ailment? Either way, the “due penalty” for the Romans was eternal separation from God unless they decided to reject their idols and received the forgiveness of God through the blood of Jesus Christ.

“They received in themselves the due penalty for their error.”

So what was their error? Ironically the word that was translated from Greek into “error” defines itself better than the English word. The Greek word in this text is “plavnh” which means “a wandering, a straying about, one led astray.” These Romans were led astray from the one true living God and served idols in His place. So therefore, “They received in themselves the due penalty for straying away from God.”

So as a whole, we can see that these particular Romans that chose to exchange idol worship for God received the punishment of dying in their sins because they strayed from Him. This is much more logical than “some gay men will get AIDS in the future.” Agreed?

There is much more to this verse than what is written above. For more information, please visit http://www.gaychristians.2freedom.com

Also, if you are struggling with this verse, you may want to challenge yourself to see if you are really who Paul is speaking about. To take the test, please go to https://moanti.wordpress.com/2012/09/08/is-homosexuality-a-sin-in-romans-1/

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About moanti (moe·on·tee)

My main mission of this blog is to demystify the confusion of “homosexuality” in the Bible and let the rarely heard alternative perspective be known. I also aspire to spread the loving Word of Christ to the gay and lesbian community who feel left out due to our society. I have extraordinary compassion for gays and lesbians who have struggled with religious persecution, but hope that they can come to know God as loving rather than run from Him forever due to a group of naïve heterosexual Christians who discriminated against them. I want to bridge the gap of these two groups with knowledge! If only I had a bigger podium to accomplish this… Please spread the word. Thank you and happy reading! https://moanti.wordpress.com/2010/08/02/gaychristians/
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