I’m Jeremy Sarber, a disciple of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, Reformed Baptist, funeral home chaplain, member of Grace Fellowship Church, host of Sunday Tapes, and creator of KJV Scripture Journals.

God gave them over to a depraved mind

In Romans 1, Paul describes the Gentile world as suppressing the truth of God. Therefore,” he says, God delivered them over in the desires of their hearts to sexual impurity (Ro 1:24). Increasingly, our nation’s culture has elevated sexuality to a core part of one’s identity, which makes sense when you realize that the world’s concept of identity is really a matter of base desires. You are what brings you pleasure.

Paul says, They exchanged the truth of God for a lie (Ro 1:25). Then, throughout the rest of the chapter, he demonstrates two things. First, he shows how this rebellion against God and the truth manifests itself through various sins—greed, envy, murder, quarrels, deceit, malice, gossiping, arrogance, pride, disobedience to parents, and so on (Ro 1:29, 30). Perhaps unsurprisingly, he places homosexuality at the top of his list as though nothing better illustrates the suppression of truth. After all, you don’t even need the Bible to understand the biological absurdity of what Paul calls an unnatural relationship (Ro 1:26).

Simultaneously, Paul shows us how God judges this kind of widespread rebellion against the truth. In verse 24, he says, God delivered them over in the desires of their hearts (Ro 1:24). In verse 26, he says, God delivered them over to disgraceful passions (Ro 1:26). In verse 28, he says, God delivered them over to a corrupt mind (Ro 1:28). In other words, he doesn’t rain down fire and brimstone. Instead, he simply pulls back whatever restraints he previously had on the people. He simply lets the people fall even deeper into their delusions.

Then, at the very end of the chapter, Paul adds this remark. Although the Gentiles know God’s just sentence — that those who practice such things deserve to die — they not only do them, but even applaud others who practice them (Ro 1:32).

Does anyone still question the Bible’s relevance?

Frankly, the Western world has gone beyond applauding expressive individualism. Popular culture—the entertainment industry, in particular—embraced it a long time ago and has promoted it for decades. Tech companies have since joined the movement. Now, civil authorities at all levels from the federal government to local school boards are striving to implement it by force, which obviously puts the true church holding to the biblical worldview of identity at direct odds.