In Romans 1, Paul writes about the revelation of the wrath of God, and it is not in the apocalyptic fashion that is brought to the minds of many of us when we think on the matter. For it is a progressive revelation; it is wrath that is being revealed. For God, in his benevolence and divine patience is ever wont to leave room for mercy if a people will turn away from their wickedness and turn to him for it. Yet, despite his great patience and kindness toward them, men continue to suppress the truth of him, though he has clearly shown to them, making it plain to them in the creation of world. And since they do not acknowledge him and deny his existence, they do not give him the praise that is due his Name or gratitude for the gifts that he has given them.
Therefore, God, in his wrath, begins to grant to them the desires of their heart. For while in times past men might have been swayed or conflicted by their consciences, their reasoning has been made useless and their hearts have been made dark, destroying the conscience that might have turned them back to him. Being therefore not conflicted, they give their hearts wholly over to the worship of everything but God, be it health, sex, popularity, success, money, sports, man-made religion or a host of other things. And since they worshiped everything but him—the very One who made them—he gave them up to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves.
And since they still would not repent and turn back to him for mercy, God gave them up to further corruption. Withdrawing his merciful hand further, women turned away from men to burn with passion toward women, and men likewise gave up that which is natural and were consumed with passion for other men, indulging themselves with each other without shame and without remorse.
And since they deemed the acknowledgement of God not appropriate for them, God removed his hand further so that they would possess a wicked mind to do what ought not to be done. They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, and malice. They envy others, murder the helpless, rip children from wombs, deceive each other, and are filled with hatred. They are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, rude, arrogant, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, foolish, faithless, heartless, and ruthless.
And though they know that God has ordained that those who do such things deserve to die, they not only do those things but give approval to those who practice them.