Musings 81

Rom 1:18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, 19 because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them…22 Professing to be wise, they became fools, 23 and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures. 24 Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, so that their bodies would be dishonored among them. 25 For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. 26 For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, 27 and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts & receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error. 28 and just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper 29 being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice; they are gossips, 30 slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, 31 without understanding, untrustworthy, unloving, unmerciful; 32 and although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them.

The very essence of sin is seen in v. 19 in that human beings suppress the truth of God that is within them. They suppress this truth of God in order that they may do what they want, and in this mad pursuit they become fools. God turns them over to in the lusts of their hearts to even more sin and their bodies are dishonored among them, yet we are told that they did his because they exchanged the truth of God for a lie and in this worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator. Here is the very essence and heart of sin. It is man who in the worship and love of self fails to worship and love God, but not only that but also suppresses the truth of God and out of self-love in reality hates God.

People who hate the true God will profess to love God, but what they do is love the god that they have come up with in their own imaginations. The love an idea of a god and they love that god because they think that god loves them, but if one pierces through the reality of it all and sees through the darkness there is nothing but hatred for the true God. Those people suppress the truth of God when they come up with their idea of a false god. These people bow in worship of self and the false god they think loves them and they love that god, but the reality is that they are doing nothing but suppressing the truth of the true God. The very act of coming up with a god of their own imaginations is an act of suppressing the truth of God and as such is idolatry.

The text is quite clear that when men exchange the truth of God for a lie, and that is after they were given over to lusts of the heart; God gives them over to degrading passions. This is set out for us in the text of Scripture by saying that women changed the natural function for that which is unnatural and men abandoned the natural function of the women and burned with desire for one another, which had them committing indecent acts. When we see the text setting out things like this, it is quite obvious that Paul meant. It is not that homosexual acts will be punished in the future, though indeed they will, but it is punishment itself. When people commit those types of acts that is demonstrative evidence that God has turned them over to a depraved mind. That depraved mind leads to many other sins as well.

The brutal fact of the matter is that is that Americans think that these acts are now okay but the Bible says those acts are themselves a judgment of God upon them. The Scripture tells us that these things are worthy of death, but there are many in our day who are involved in these acts and not only involved but applaud and give hearty approval to those who commit them. This is a sign of a nation that is rapidly descending into lower and lower levels of judgment. This is a sign of a nation that has rejected (virtually as a whole nation) the true God and now stands against Him and His truth in the approval of what God calls indecent acts. This nation is so wicked that it seemed to burst out in applause in the media and parades across the land in celebration of decision by a so-called Supreme Court that violated the will of the real Supreme God. This nation is gasping for air and is in death throes in our day. However, what boggles the mind is that perhaps for centuries (since the early 1800’s) theology has been rapidly descending as well. In fact, I would argue that as theology has descended the secular thinking and godlessness has ascended in terms of power over the minds of the people. We are a “Church” that needs to be granted repentance and to seek the face of the Lord. It is only a repentant “Church” seeking the face of the Lord that can possible be used of God to bring the true Gospel to a dying nation.

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