frgavin on June 11th, 2014

Theologian John Piper says that in the first chapter of Romans, the apostle Paul draws a parallel between the way nature teaches about God and the way nature teaches about male and female sexuality. “Nature is one of God’s methods of revealing what we should prefer, even if we don’t. God, the wise, loving, purposeful creator and designer of human life is the one who connects biological nature and sexual identity.”

God’s divine nature is revealed in the physical, material universe, he argues. So much so that Paul says in Romans, “So they are without excuse” when they “exchange the glory of God for the glory of the creature,” or when they “exchange the truth about God for a lie and worship and serve the creature rather than the Creator.”

Piper adds that Paul then draws the parallel with human sexuality. “Just as physical nature reveals the truth about God, so physical nature reveals truth about sexual identity. Whom we should worship is not left to our preferences, and who we are sexually is not left to our preferences. Both are dictated by God’s revelation in nature,” Piper writes.

So if a human looks at the world and chooses to worship a creature rather than the Creator, he is without excuse, he says. “And if a man looks at his own body and chooses to play the part of a woman, or a woman looks at her own body and chooses to play the part of a man, they are without excuse … Genitalia is a revelation of God’s design.

“God knows what is best for humanity. He also knows the painful disordering of our sexual desires that came with the fall,” he says. “We are all disordered in some measure in different ways. He promises to help us with our disordered loves so that we can enjoy measures of contentment in the midst of our necessary self-denial.”

God will forgive anyone who turns to Christ for mercy and embrace Him in “repentance as our supreme treasure.”

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