Paul was a citizen of Rome, and a minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ. And while living in Rome he would daily observe the conduct of the citizens. It was not a pretty site, for the things they do were leading to judgment. The country was filled with lawlessness, and bribery. Men of status were taking unto themselves young boys as lovers, often by force, and deception, living a life of sin.
Missing the target for which they were to aim, Paul saw a need to minister the gospel, and seeing this need he wrote numerous letters to the council of churches to warm them of these kinds of behavior. Often many would come into the Church inviting these kinds of action, but Paul bold for Christ and speaking out against these behaviour, he was a light.
Not shortly after Paul was put to death, Rome fell. And it almost seem to be the indication, that the country has reached the point where God pulls the plug. It was the case for Sodom, and its sister city Gomorrah. They were cities passing laws, giving men free reign to commit these shameful acts leading to its destruction. Which leads us to ask, what is the purpose of the gospel, and our roll as Christians.
Jesus said, ” You are the light of the earth” and in the same breath, ” You are the salt of the earth.” What this means is that as Christians we are to sound the alarm, that the nation may know that there is a judgment coming for these acts of disgrace. As salt we are to preserve; therefore, calling humanity to repentance, back to God that He might forgive and set us free from this coming judgment.
God is love, and he does care about every soul one earth, it is the reason for which he sent his son. But even though he is a God of love, it doesn’t mean he won’t punish sin. Those who continue to live such lives un-repented will suffer the judgment promised against the devil.
Romans 1:16-32 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith. For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.
For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: 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, And changed the glory of the un-corruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and four-footed beasts, and creeping things. Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonor 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 forever. 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.
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, covenant breakers, 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.