Holiness is another huge biblical theme and it
doesn’t allow for ongoing sin.
The proper response to God’s goodness in
forgiving us is complete surrender and sacrifice.
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and
sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer
your bodies as living sacrifices, holy
and pleasing to God – this is true
The image of placing ourselves on an altar is
graphic. We voluntarily die. Our life comes to an
end. We give up everything. True worship – the
worship offered by those who have received God’s
mercy – is complete surrender and sacrifice.
Holiness means being set apart for God; being
utterly dedicated (given) to God. It is linked to
other images Paul has used in Romans, such as
dying to sin and living for God; not offering any
part of ourselves to sin as instruments of
wickedness but offering every part of ourselves to
God as instruments of righteousness (6:8-14)
Very clearly, the complete offering of our ourselves
to God has huge moral implications. We are to be
agents of righteousness, serving the cause of
righteousness, not helping the cause of evil. Sin is
to be no longer our master.
The Romans 12 passage continues…
Do not conform to the pattern of this
world, but be transformed by the
renewing of your mind. Then you will
be able to test and approve what
God’s will is – His good pleasing and
In the homosexuality debate, so many Christians
are feeling pressured to conform to the attitudes
of society, rather than stand firmly on the word of
God. Paul commands us to take the other
approach. We are to allow our minds to be
renewed. We are to think God’s way, not the
world’s way. We are to have the mind of Christ.
That happens as we allow God to teach us –
primarily through the scriptures – and to transform
us so that we become more like Jesus.
The result of a transformed mind is the ability to
know God’s will.
Holiness is not optional. It is essential to our
Make every effort to live in peace
with everyone and to be holy; without
holiness no one will see the Lord.
See to it that no one falls short of the
grace of God and that no bitter root
grows up to cause trouble and defile
See that no one is sexually
immoral, or is godless like Esau, who
for a single meal sold his inheritance
rights as the oldest son.
as you know, when he wanted to
inherit this blessing, he was rejected.
Even though he sought the blessing
with tears, he could not change what
he had done.
© Peter Cheyne 2017.
A Christian’s Guide To Homosexuality