Description Of The Damned…eschatology pt 12

But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath, Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile; But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile:For there is no respect of persons with God Romans 2:8-11

Romans is the teaching about Righteousness. It answers the question, how can sinners be made ‘right with God’? And in the flow of the discussion about Righteousness, Paul succinctly describes the righteous man , in God’s sight.

The Righteous man is not merely known by his external habits and practices, but by his values, and motivation. The truly righteous man is continually seeking Glory, and Honor and immortality , all from God himself.

Paul also succinctly describes the damned in this amazing passage. How does God see those who are headed to judgment and wrath? Again a three-fold description;

To those who are contentious…

The damned of God are marked by him as being contentious. They want their own way, therefore they continuously take sides against God. They stand on the side of those who oppose the Bible, questioning its legitimacy, relevance ,and validity.

A contentious man’s opinion is the only one that counts, therefore he discounts scripture whenever it contradicts him. Like Cain, a contentious man is not afraid to argue with God, to sit in judgment on Him, or to openly mock Him.

Often their argument with God is expressed in open or veiled opposition to Christians. They criticize the church, christians, the Bible, any godly initiative such as pro-life, or anti-homosexuality.

The contentious show their independence by almost always siding with the world against Christ and His church. When a clear denunciation of sin is called for, count on many even within the professing church to take their stand with the world and it’s fallen wisdom, denying Christ.

A clear example of this was demonstrated recently on the Larry King television show. A “gospel” recording artist was revealing to the whole world that she was a lesbian as well as a christian, and calling for , in fact demanding ‘tolerance’.

Larry had two guests on, One who had been exposed as a homosexual drug addict, while serving as head of the National Association of Evangelicals. The other was a solid, orthodox Calvary Chapel pastor.

With compassion and truth the Calvary Chapel pastor sought to counter the fallacy that one can be both a christian minister and an open homosexual. But both the lesbian singer and the other pastor, were contentious, interrupting, baiting and contradicting the pastor who sought to witness to God’s truth.

They don’t obey the Truth…

The Damned simply will not obey the Truth. They may hear it for a while but they will not succumb to it, they won’t admit to truth, they won’t humble themselves to it, they won’t allow the implications of Truth to touch them.

They always seek ‘other ways’, new and better ways of living , than the Old paths. After all, they know better than those poor naive christians. Supposedly, we moderns have more insight into human nature than Jesus and the apostles. They didn’t have the ‘advantages’ of modern psychology!

The only way to obey the truth, is by acknowledging its evaluation of you (You are a sinner under just judgment), and that God’s answer to your condemnation, is Jesus Christ and him crucified,who died as the propitiation for our sins. Repentance, Faith and following Jesus as Lord and Saviour.This the Damned will have nothing to do with!

But they obey unrighteousness…

Furthermore though they won’t obey God’s truth, they are utterly obedient to the manifold expressions of unrighteousness. A man in a hospital, who had had a heart attack, would not listen to the gospel or pray with me. But as soon as another visitor came into the room he made an obscene comment about the nurse!

I pondered this, it seemed almost as though He had to do that . Sin manifests itself in repetitious patterns, responses made countless times until they become shackles of slavery. They obey unrighteousness!

And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others (Ephesians 2:1-3)

We have all been there, walking out a ‘course’, filled with a fallen ‘spirit of disobedience’ to God, but never overlooking a fad, always serving different passions, parroting the latest conventional wisdom, basically in bondage, as slaves of sin, and liable to wrath.

But it doesn’t have to be this way, there is an answer to those who are laboring under this slavery, and longing for something better; salvation, incorruptibility, forgiveness and communion with God, we close with the words of the Lord Jesus…

… Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever.If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.(John 8:34-36)

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What Righteousness Looks Like…eschatology pt 12

(God)Who will render to every man according to his deeds: To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life, But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness,indignation and wrath,(Romans 2:6-8)

The Infinite, personal God of the Bible, is  going to judge the world in Righteousness. The standard is absolute perfection, it could be no less. “The Righteousness that he requires, is the righteousness his righteousness requires him to require…”(anon).

Put aside the question of Jew or Gentile, and consider, what does Righteousness according to God’s standard look like ? What fruit would a perfect observance of the Torah produce in a person?

Paul, by the Holy Spirit succinctly describes the  characteristics of the righteous , as well as the mark of someone who is damned and perhaps doesn’t realise it.

“To those who by patient continuance in well doing…”

Perfect Righteousness in a person is reflected by total consistency in doing good works. A righteous man always does good.

Seek for glory, honor and immortality , eternal life”

A man is known by what he loves, desires and seeks. Show me what a man lives for, and hopes in and I can tell you the measure of that man. A righteous man seeks Glory. By that we don’t mean personal fame or aggrandizement, but the honor that shall come from God alone. “Well done thou good and faithful servant…”.

In other words a truly Righteous man seeks the praise of God, not of man, He plays before an audience of one. Jesus said of himself ,

I do not seek glory from men…(John 5:41)

As a person Jesus didn’t seek the approval or glory of man, but always to glorify God. One of his indictments to the Jewish establishment was that faith was impossible to them, because they sought glory from each other, and not from God.

How can ye believe, which receive honour one of another, and seek not the honour that cometh from God only? (John 5:44)

A Righteous man seeks Honor , which means that the rewards he seeks are from God. He isn’t man-centered, his values are oriented towards God, and the day of God’s reward,He seeks God.

Finally what a truly Righteous man seeks , is Immortality. This goes further than the desire to live forever, the one who is “in the right with God” is continually seeking “incorruptibility”, He wants free of sin, it’s ravages, and effects, He craves the total deliverance from all ‘hurtful lusts, defiling sin, anything that wrongs God or his fellow man, he longs for purity in thought as ell as deeds.

Paul declares that it is these who will be rewarded by God with eternal life. This is the true description of the one devoted to God, this is the true piety, the true righteousness, nothing more nothing less. But who is really and consistently like this?

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Accumulating Wrath…eschatology pt 11

But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God; Who will render to every man according to his deeds: (Romans 2;5-6)

Romans opens with the warning of Judgment, first against those who “suppress the truth ” that they know about God; the godless. Holy wrath is already being revealed against them, in that they are being given over to moral confusion, degrading lusts, and reprobation.

But wrath is also being revealed against moralistic man. He is (rightly) disgusted by the personal and social disintegration that is the fruit of godlessness,

Some semblance of godliness, religion, morals, various ‘forms of godliness’ have kept him from the boundary- less insanity of pure relativism. Even a cursory acknowledgment of God, and of the moral order, enriches and elevates life in ways very few even recognise.

But according to Paul , such people get the wrong message from this. They actually think that they can escape the judgment of God, because they haven’t been drowning in degeneracy, as the godless are.

Secondly they think that the advantages they have over the manifestly degenerate, are tokens that they are on the right track and don’t need to be saved from God’s wrath.They misinterpret the kindness and forbearance of God towards them.

Paul called it “despising the riches of Hs goodness”,not realising that such blessings on their life, as stable marriages, children, and prosperity, are not necessarily Divine approval but Divine kindness and forbearance; God is giving the ‘moral’ also a chance to repent!

Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?(Romans 2:4)

The kindness is in just letting us live long enough to think about God, and not striking us down as we deserve. God gives us another chance to turn to Him!

It is actually easier in a sense for the openly godless, to come to the point where they see that they need God.This is because the way Go deals with them is by accelerating the destruction of their lives,giving them over to hurtful lusts.

But Wrath is accumulating over the heads of those who Tssk Tssked the godless and their degeneracy, and assumed that they themselves have no need of salvation, because they aren’t as bad as the others.

Paul calls them out as having “hardness of heart” and for being “Impenitant”.This is because the ‘moralist’ will not see his own need for God, divine forgiveness, or the fact that He does he same things that the godless does, in his heart.

The truth is that all of us are capable of any depth of degeneracy that we see in others. it is the very kindness of God that we have not been given over openly and fully to our lusts.

As with the godless, wrath comes to the moralist also as a direct result of the refusal to acknowledge God, and the need for God’s forgiveness and reconciliation.

Judgment will be according to truth, that means that even the best person can not stand it. God will render to everyman according to his deeds, all of them! Perfect Justice, will demand perfect righteousness, as the Psalmist said,

“If you O Lord should mark iniquity , who could stand ? But there is forgiveness with you that you should be feared.”(Psalm 130:3)

God will Judge all sin, all sinners, the very secrets of men’s hearts will be revealed on that day! Who can stand when He appears? Who shall abide the day of His coming? It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the Living God!

Truly the wrath of of God is on our godless generation. It is daily revealed in His giving our culture over to debasement, darkening their capacity for understanding, and reprobating their thinking.

But it is not suppossed to have the effect on those of us who have not been so obviously ruined, of pride in our own morality. Instead it should cause all men to fear, realising that God is a Holy God and no one will escape the judgment, and that He is a searcher of the secrets of men’s hearts. We must all search our own hearts and run to God seeking mercy!

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Moralism is Self Deception…eschatology pt 10

Therefore you are inexcusable, O man, whoever you are who judge, for in whatever you judge another you condemn yourself; for you who judge practice the same things. But we know that the judgment of God is according to truth against those who practice such things. And do you think this, O man, you who judge those practicing such things, and doing the same, that you will escape the judgment of God? Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance? (Romans 2;1-4)

The godless are going to be without excuse ,when they stand before the Throne of the Righteous Judge of the Universe, because they suppress the truth that God has revealed to them, in their conscience and in creation. Truly the Heavens declare the Glory of God…

But Romans 2 shows us that the moral and religious also, who trust in their own morality and who rightly abhor the effects of godlessness on individuals and societies, they too are liable to judgment and are without excuse!

Paul charges the moralist with doing the same thing as the godless. It’s not that they participate in the degraded excesses that godlessness always leads to, they don’t necessarily become moral relativists, or sexual libertines.

What Paul means when he charges them with doing the same thing as the people they judge, is that they too reject God in their thoughts, but it manifests itself in a different way.

Moralism, “do-goodism” and even religion itself can become a substitute for true spirituality, which is only possible by coming to God as a sinner in need of the God appointed Saviour, the crucified Jesus ,and on the terms set by the LORD, through faith and repentance.

But our text reveals that there is a two-fold self deception that such moralistic people engage in.

1)- And do you think this, O man, you who judge those practicing such things, and doing the same, that you will escape the judgment of God?

The first deception : Because there are people so degraded and debased by the culture of godlessness; reprobates, homosexuals,Atheists, terrorists,etc., by contrast there are the “moral majority”, who play by the rules, pay the bills, hold old fashioned, sound stable values , the deception is that the Judgment is for them, not for us.

Moralism, having “family values”, being a conservative, holding the Protestant work ethic et al ,all are extremely beneficial for this life. These habits tend toward greater prosperity, they are in line with the world as God made it to be, and they tend towards a much happier life than godlessness has to offer. But they are no substitute for salvation! Not even the most moral moralist is able to stand in the day of judgment.

Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance? (Romans 2;1-4)

The second self-deception is an outgrowth of the first-Because the Moralist has these habits that tend towards more temporal happiness, (monogamy, no divorce, belief and reverence for Creator, thrift, hard work, merit) his temporal life generally tends to be better lived. The self-deception is that this is God’s approval, we must be doing something right,unlike those godless heathen!

But Paul is telling is that those blessings of our lives are the very kindness of God. They aren’t given by Him because we are doing everything right, they are designed to bring us also, to repentance. The kindness is wrongly taken as approval, when in reality it is mercy, and space to turn to God in humble gratitude.

Perhaps even more than the utterly godless, the moralist ignores the urgency to repent, to turn to God and be saved. Because they are “Not as bad as the others”- moralists are oblivious to the fact that every single day is borrowed time, and every breath taken is credit also, for they too are liable to judgment.

But in accordance with your hardness and your 1impenitent heart you are treasuring up for yourself wrath in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God, who “will render to each one according to his deeds” (Romans 2:5-6)

If God’s judgement will be according to truth, and we know it will be ,(see Romans 2:2), than the standard of it is perfection, nothing less than absolute righteousness.God, we are told, will render to each one according to his deeds. Not even the best, the greatest humanitarian, the most Noble among us would be able to stand in the judgment of the Righteous and Holy God!

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SOLZHENITSYN’s Prophetic Warning to America

By: Pastor Bill Randles

”“Wisdom cries out loud in the streets, she raises her voice in the squares…” Proverbs 1:20
Harvard’s motto is “Veritas”. Many of you have already found out, and others will find out in the course of their lives, that truth eludes us if we do not concentrate our attention totally on its pursuit. But even while it eludes us, the illusion of knowing it still lingers and leads to many misunderstandings. (From Solzhenitsyn’s 1978 Harvard address “A World Split Apart”)

Alexander Solzhenitsyn, a Nobel Prize winning author, Soviet dissident and a survivor of an eight year sentence in the brutal Soviet Gulag system, passed away on August 4th, 2005  in Russia. The author and famous dissident  had been exiled from his homeland for his writings in 1974, and lived in Vermont until 1994 when he was able to return to Russia.

His passing is being largely noted because he was useful in exposing to the outside world the brutality and suppression of the Soviet system, through novels based upon his own experiences in the Gulags, such as “A DAY IN THE LIFE OF IVAN DENISOVICH”, and “CANCER WARD”. His non-fiction expose, “THE GULAG ARCHIPILAGO” had to be smuggled out of the USSR and published first in France. It was this particular book which led to his banishment from Russia.

What will perhaps not be as appreciated as it should be is the fact that Solzhenitsyn used the occasion of a Harvard Laureate Award in 1978 to offer a warning to the West that was both stinging and timely. Unfortunately the warning largely went unreceived, as always “A prophet is without honor …”. The speech, “A World Split Apart” created a firestorm of controversy, warning the West of its spiritual emptiness and blindness.

President Carter snubbed him, his wife Rosalyn repudiated the speech at the National Press Club, and there were editorials in the New York Times and the Washington Post, among others, which railed against the speech.

What did he say that caused him to go from a ‘cause celebre’ to almost a pariah? Among other things, he called us on our failure of “civil courage”,

A decline in courage may be the most striking feature, which an outside observer notices in the West in our days. The Western world has lost its civil courage, both as a whole and separately, in each country, each government, each political party, and, of course, in the United Nations. Such a decline in courage is particularly noticeable among the ruling groups and the intellectual elite, causing an impression of loss of courage by the entire society. Of course, there are many courageous individuals, but they have no determining influence on public life. (“A WORLD SPLIT APART”)

He warned us that we were losing the courage to defend our own civilization, that especially among our leadership, self serving calculation was taking the place of real conviction and that the outcome would be devastating. Solzhenitsyn warns us,
Should one point out that from ancient times declining courage has been considered the beginning of the end? (ibid)

Solzhenitsyn then offered us a diagnosis as to what happened to make us lose courage – the false belief that individual freedom would guarantee happiness – as in “The Pursuit of Happiness”, although he warns us that the meaning of word ‘happiness’ has been debased lately –

Every citizen has been granted the desired freedom and material goods in such quantity and of such quality as to guarantee in theory the achievement of happiness — in the morally inferior sense of the word which has come into being during those same decades. (ibid)

Freedom without restraint has not given us ‘happiness’. In fact, Solzhenitsyn charged that such ‘freedom’ is the cause of much of the depression and disillusionment that characterizes western society.

Ironically, on top of the rebuttal of our concept of freedom, he accused us of becoming a hyper legalistic society. See if this doesn’t speak to the situation as it stands today-

People in the West have acquired considerable skill in interpreting and manipulating law. Any conflict is solved according to the letter of the law and this is considered to be the supreme solution. If one is right from a legal point of view, nothing more is required. Nobody will mention that one could still not be entirely right, and urge self-restraint, a willingness to renounce such legal rights, sacrifice and selfless risk. It would sound simply absurd. One almost never sees voluntary self-restraint. Everybody operates at the extreme limit of those legal frames. (ibid)

It is this “skill” at the use of the letter of the law in the very face of the ‘spirit’ of the law that has developed into the “Death of Common Sense” as the title of a book written by a Federal Judge decries. How else is it that the enemies of our civilization have even a prayer of destroying us, other than through our courts, and the very ‘legalistic spirit’ our friend Solzhenitsyn warned us of? On this point he rightly concludes that such use of legalism will lead to two evils – the paralysis of true leadership and the inability to resist societal evil.

Destructive and irresponsible freedom has been granted boundless space. Society appears to have little defense against the abyss of human decadence, such as, for example, misuse of liberty for moral violence against young people, such as motion pictures full of pornography, crime, and horror. It is considered to be part of freedom and theoretically counterbalanced by the young people’s right not to look or not to accept. Life organized legalistically has thus shown its inability to defend itself against the corrosion of evil. (ibid)

We didn’t have to wait very long to see the words of this prophecy come to pass – within ten years of Solzhenitsyn’s Harvard address, President Reagan’s Counsel on Pornography failed to even be able to agree on a definition of pornography. Do “we the people” really want pornography, gay marriage, abortion or Sharia law? Absolutely not, but unfortunately for us the pornographers, Sodomites, Eugenicists and CAIR are all able to successfully employ legal counsel, in a legalistic system to impose their will to the devastation of our society! Exactly what Alexander Solzhenitsyn warned us of in 1978.

Perhaps it was his critique of our flawed analysis of human nature that stung us the most, our humanism leads us to deny the effects of the fall. Therefore freedom without corresponding sense of responsibility to the spirit tilts towards evil.

Such a tilt of freedom in the direction of evil has come about gradually, but it was evidently born primarily out of a humanistic and benevolent concept according to which there is no evil inherent to human nature. The world belongs to mankind and all the defects of life are caused by wrong social systems, which must be corrected. (ibid)

No wonder he was so ill received! He was “messing with our religion” of a humanistic Utopian “Brave New World”.

I have no doubt he was rejected largely because he diagnosed our problem as being the same problem the Russian people suffered from, Humanism!

There is a disaster, however, which has already been under way for quite some time. I am referring to the calamity of a despiritualized and irreligious humanistic consciousness. To such consciousness, man is the touchstone in judging everything on earth — imperfect man, who is never free of pride, self-interest, envy, vanity, and dozens of other defects. We are now experiencing the consequences of mistakes which had not been noticed at the beginning of the journey (ibid)

I am in danger of reposting the entire speech to you but my commentary really doesn’t do it justice – read it yourself at  A World Split Apart and realize that we were officially warned thirty years ago, and for the most part have failed to heed the warning which has been validated by history point by point.

The solution? Solzhenitsyn calls us to nothing short of spiritual renewal, a return to the “Christian roots” of our humanism and a rejection of the “ossified “ dogmas of the Enlightenment. Almost anticipating the current Islamic Jihad, he warned us that without spiritual renewal, the humanistic and Godless west would be rendered “unable to resist the East”.

No doubt another thing that Solzhentsyn sensed was the germination of the same atheistic , leftist spirit which all but ruined Russia, taking root and advancing here. America of 1974 was a very different place from the America we now live in, but this man could see where the trends of thought and philosophy nurtured by our elite were taking us.

Rest in peace Alexander Solzhenitsyn. You warned us.

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Being Moral Isn’t the same as Being Holy…eschatology pt 9

Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things.(Romans 2:1)

Being disgusted by the squalid effects of the morally ruined, spiritually bankrupt, reprobate world we have created for ourselves and our unfortunate children and grandchildren can be deceiving. It is normal and healthy to feel moral repugnance at the twisted,perverse ,obscene media culture of today, but that does not equate to being Righteous ourselves.

That is the point Paul is making in the first 11 verses of Romans 2.To paraphrase verse 1, ‘Of course there are those of us who hate what has happened, and make moral judgments, but who among us can even live up to the very judgments we make on others?’ In other words the very capacity to make any kind of moral judgment, is going to be a testimony against us on the day of God’s final Judgment.

Francis Schaeffer, the Christian theologian and Philosopher once put it like this;

Imagine that each baby is born into the world with an invisible tape recorder hung around his neck. Imagine further that these are very special recorders that record only when moral judgments are made. Aesthetic judgments such as “This is beautiful” are not recorded. But whenever a person makes such a statement as “She’s such a gossip,” or “He’s so lazy,” the recorder turns on, records the statement and turns off. Many times each day the recorder operates, as the person makes moral judgments about those around him, recording dozens of judgments each week, hundreds every year and thousands in a lifetime.

Then the scene shifts, and we suddenly see all the people of the world standing before God at the end of time. “God, it’s not fair for You to judge me,” say some. “I didn’t know about Christ. “No one taught me the Ten Commandments, and I never read the Sermon on the Mount.”

Then God speaks. “Very well. Since you claim not to know My laws, I will set aside My perfect standard of righteousness. Instead I will judge you on this.” And as He pushes the button on the recorder, the person listens with growing horror as his own voice pours forth a stream of condemnation toward those around him…”She shouldn’t be doing this.” “He was wrong in that”-thousands upon thousands of moral judgments.

When the tape ends, God says, “This will be the basis of My judgment: how well have you kept the moral standards you proved that you understood by constantly applying them to those around you. Here you accused someone of lying, yet have you ever stretched the truth? You were angry at that fellow for being selfish, yet have you ever put your own interests above someone else’s needs?” And every person will be silent. For no one has consistently lived up to the standard he demands of others.

Romans chapter one and chapter two are akin to Jesus’ story of the prodigal Son. The last part of Romans 1 addresses the ungodly, out of control prodigal, longing to eat pig slop and totally lost! But Romans 2 addresses the older brother, equally lost but unaware of the fact, because externally, he’s all right! Making moral motions such as judgment of right, wrong, ugly and beautiful is not the same as being saved! Even moral and good people need to be saved.

Paul says that you who judge the godless “do the same”- what could Paul mean by that? I am not homosexual, I have not ever been a dissolute alcoholic, I wouldn’t consider myself to be one who applauds abortion, homosexual marriage,nor am I a relativist. So in what sense do those who don’t drink the koolaid of godlessness do the same as they?

Remember that those excesses in Romans 1 were outcomes ; horrible and frightening outcomes of sin. The real sin is rejecting the glory of God and trying to find beauty and meaning in something other than God himself. This is what Paul means when he says “You do the same”. In a sense the elder brother of the prodigal son “did the same” , he was far, far from the Father, although he didn’t express it in “wine women and Song” like his brother.

Not everyone is godless, atheistic, given over to excess, hateful, ungrateful, unholy, approving of the culture of death. But everyone on earth ,whether they have preserved some moral sensibility, or sold it down the cultural sewer, everyone has rejected God to some degree, and it is the rejection of the glory of God that is the essence of sin.

Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Romans 1:21

Everybody needs a gift of Righteousness , from the righteous God and judge, all need to be saved, not just the obviously vile.

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Why The Damned Love Crowds…eschatology pt 8

Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.Romans 1:30-31

The last half of Romans chapter 1 is a Divine analysis of the psychology of unbelief. Why godlessness?

The answer is that it is not ignorance or lack of evidence, but rather it is nothing less than a refusal to believe, and that in spite of both external(Creation, and it’s order), and internal (conscience, the universality of such intangibles as Justice and truth) evidence.

God has shown it unto them, we are told, but they did not like to retain God in their knowledge. Because of this, they make three moral and spiritual exchanges- as we looked at earlier.

They exchange the dignity of being made in the mage of God, for something that looks amazingly like one of those evolutionary charts, as an explanation of our origins.

And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.Romans 1:23

They also have to make an exchange in the area of philosophy, they give up on Truth and embrace relativism. And finally they end up exchanging the God given roles for that which is unnatural, feminism, and it’ s mutant offspring, homosexuality.

The chapter ends on a note which we are seeing payed out before our very eyes. The godless are evangelical about the effects of their ‘lifestyle’. They want everyone possible to indulge in their practices. Why would that be? Whatever happened to “everybody do your own thing”?

Why is it that sexual deviants are not content with ‘tolerance’, but insist that everybody everywhere wholeheartedly embrace such perversions as “Gay marriage”? Why do those who have won the battle over the legalisation of abortion, still tremble at the slighest idea of any restrictions whatsoever? What motivates those sexual libertines to mock the very concept of abstanance or virginity?

The reason is given here in Romans 1- it is because, “They know(ing) the judgment of God”. They know that what they are doing makes them liable to judgment, they know that their godlessness and the deviancy it has spawned is wrong.

The wicked flee when no one pursues them…”(Prov 28:1)

Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them (Romans 1:31)

They take comfort in the crowd, they feel better if they have around them a whole society of equally perverse or even worse people. The more who indulge, the better they feel about themselves. If anyone dissents from these deviancies, or merely doesn’t partake, the godless feel threatened.

The book of Proverbs echoes this sentiment, when it assures those deluded by the very preponderance of those who share in and flaunt their perversity;

Though hand join in hand, the wicked shall not be unpunished: but the seed of the righteous shall be delivered. (Proverbs 11:21)

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