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by Wayne Blank
"for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature"
Paul later wrote of what happens when people forsake The Creator and live according to a nature "which is against nature":
"Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour 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 for ever. 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." (Romans 1:24-26 KJV)
Paul was in some ways a fatalist. He knew that he was headed for trouble, not because he wanted it, but because he lived in a perverted world that, far more often than not, hated God's Word - a world that still, far more often than not, hates God's Word. Ironically however, his courage was based on fear, not a fear of any man, or woman, but a righteous fear of Almighty God.
On more than one occasion, Paul chose to face raving mobs that wanted to tear him to shreds for telling them the Truth, rather than face an Angry God for failing to do his duty. Paul's choice was clear, "none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the Gospel of the grace of God." (below)
"And we went before to ship, and sailed unto Assos, there intending to take in Paul: for so had he appointed, minding himself to go afoot. And when he met with us at Assos, we took him in, and came to Mitylene. And we sailed thence, and came the next day over against Chios; and the next day we arrived at Samos, and tarried at Trogyllium; and the next day we came to Miletus. For Paul had determined to sail by Ephesus, because he would not spend the time in Asia: for he hasted, if it were possible for him, to be at Jerusalem the day of Pentecost."
Fact Finder: Where did the apostle Paul travel during each of his 3 major missionary journeys?