Romans 1 is certainly forceful in its denunciation of homosexuality, but the theme is also treated in 1st Corinthians, where Paul's pronouncement is no less categorical:Mike writes:
Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God (1 Cor. 6:9-10)Perhaps some (liberals, gays) might be inclined to hope for some wiggle room, reasoning that since it's only Paul who treates homosexuality in the NT, then if we could somehow just marginalize Paul as a bigoted homophobe, we could dismiss his teachings on the subject and just follow Jesus Himself.
Not a chance. The reason Christ didn't address the topic is that his teachings were given mainly among a Jewish audience for whom homosexuality was near universally regarded as aberrant and sinful behavior.
It just wasn't the done thing in the Jewish world (at that time), so no teaching needed to be given on it.
In contrast, Paul's writings on the subject are to a mixed audience (Jew and Gentile, though more Gentile) existing in a Greco-Roman milieu. There, homosexuality was quite common, and he doesn't shy away from speaking out against it.
Of course, Paul wasn't just a crank or a complete downer who never had anything positive to say. Consider his next verse:
And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God. (1 Cor. 6:11)
In fact, there are others, including the following (from the English Standard Version):
1 CORINTHIANS 6:9: "Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God."
JUDE 1:7: " ... just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding cities, which likewise indulged in sexual immorality and pursued unnatural desire, serve as an example by undergoing a punishment of eternal fire."
I have not included the numerous passages throughout the New Testament (including statements from Christ himself) condemning sexual immorality generally--which would unquestionably have been deemed by first century Jews to include homosexual conduct.