Exchanging the Glory: Idolatry and Homosexuality in Romans 1
In Romans 1, Paul discusses homosexuality as part of his larger argument announcing judgment on idolatry. Idolatry and homosexuality are birds of a feather— gods that are not gods and sex that is not sex, glory exchanged for futility and living reality for a lifeless parody.
The God of Israel is our glory. Our opposition to homosexuality is not. Our opposition to homosexuality, like our opposition to every other sin, is a facet of our faithfulness to a holy and loving God who has created us and redeems us for true life and liberty.
In Exchanging the Glory: Idolatry and Homosexuality in Romans 1, Tim Gallant homes in on Paul’s consideration of God’s glory. Idolatry not only gives rise to homosexual practice but exchanges the glory of the one God who has created us as sexual beings and who calls us into holiness through the life of His own Son and the power of His own Spirit.
In addenda, Tim Gallant also answers the question, “Was Jesus silent about the subject of homosexuality?” and critically responds to the views of Matthew Vines and the Reformation Project.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Tim Gallant grew up as a preacher’s kid in Western Canada, where he fell in love with reading, writing and music creation. He graduated with honors from Mid-America Reformed Seminary in 2000. Along with pastoral and other leadership roles, Tim has written numerous books, spoken at numerous conferences and camps, and lives in the Nashville area with his wife Kristi and a horde of children.