18 What is revealed is God’s anger from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people who in their wickedness keep suppressing the truth; 19 because what is known about God is plain to them, since God has made it plain to them.
20 For ever since the creation of the universe his invisible qualities — both his eternal power and his divine nature — have been clearly seen, because they can be understood from what he has made.
Therefore, they have no excuse;
21 because, although they know who God is, they do not glorify him as God or thank him.
On the contrary, they have become futile in their thinking; and their undiscerning hearts have become darkened. 22 Claiming to be wise, they have become fools! 23 In fact, they have exchanged the glory of the immortal God for mere images, like a mortal human being, or like birds, animals or reptiles!
24 This is why God has given them up to the vileness of their hearts’ lusts, to the shameful misuse of each other’s bodies. 25 They have exchanged the truth of God for falsehood, by worshipping and serving created things, rather than the Creator — praised be he for ever. Amen.
- 26 This is why God has given them up to degrading passions; so that their women exchange natural sexual relations for unnatural;
- 27 and likewise the men, giving up natural relations with the opposite sex, burn with passion for one another, men committing shameful acts with other men and receiving in their own persons the penalty appropriate to their perversion.
28 In other words, since they have not considered God worth knowing, God has given them up to worthless ways of thinking so that they do improper things:
- 29 They are filled with every kind of wickedness,
- and vice;
- stuffed with jealousy,
- and ill-will;
- they are gossips,
- 30 slanderers,
- haters of God;
- they are insolent,
- and boastful;
- they plan evil schemes;
- they disobey their parents;
- 31 they are brainless,
- and ruthless.
32 They know well enough God’s righteous decree that people who do such things deserve to die;
yet not only do they keep doing them,
but they applaud others who do the same.
Romans 1:18-32 (CJB)
. . . therefore, they have no excuse.