One needs go no further than the first chapter of the book of Romans to see in vivid living color the depravity and wickedness of life without the moral compass of God and His Word. When people refuse to accept the authority of the Truth, they wander off into the wilderness of unspeakable evil toward God and each other.
Romans 1:18-32 provides all the reasons in the world as to why man needed a Savior. The extent of man s perversion and utter lack of respect for God's Word is laid out by the Apostle Paul in such a way that anyone with eyes to see can understand why Jesus had to come and give His life for us. Without the atoning death of Jesus, man would have remained outside of God's favor forever.
Among the reasons God became so exasperated with man that He allowed him to do as he pleased were:
And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man... Romans 1:23a
Changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator Romans 1:25a
Did not like to retain God in their knowledge Romans 1:28a
When people refuse to accept the authority of God, they inevitably fall into idolatry. When people reject the invisible and uncorruptible God, they turn their attention toward making gods they can see and manipulate. Simply put, when people refuse to retain God in their knowledge, they turn the truth of God into a lie and the lie of the serpent in Genesis 3 into the truth.
The sad and ugly reality of walking away from the truth and changing the truth of God into a lie is vividly laid out in Romans 1:29-31:
"Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers ,
Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents ,
Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful :"
Rejection of God, His Word and His Son leads to corruption, hardness, unbridled lust, greed, violence, deceit, pride and ultimately hatred of God. When people no longer respect God, submit to His Word and reject His Son Jesus Christ; their true colors are manifested and they are not pretty. In his natural state, man can be ruthless, vicious and everything God hates.
This unpleasant section of Scripture concludes with verse 32:
"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 ."
The depth of man's arrogance is manifested in verse 32. When a person utterly rejects the authority of God, they take pleasure in disobedience and scoff at the notion of God ever judging their wickedness. When man stakes his life on his belief the Word of God is a lie, he succeeds in making sure his eternal state will not be with that God he mocks and despises.
As I read this, I thought of the accounts I've read about the halocaust. "The nicest people", B2Y, "the nicest people" who lived down the street were the very same people who betrayed and sent their neighbors and family members to prison, torture and even death. It wasn't just who we think of as "bad people" who worked as interrogators and guards who tortured those prisoners... it was also "the nicest people". I know that after natural disasters have struck, usually within a few days stories began to trickle out about the crimes being committed against victims by fellow victims.
Often times they are also "the nicest people".
When you look at places where government has collapsed, we see that "the nicest people" can suddenly transform without warning. The bottom line is we are all, every single one of us, capable of evil. Not just little tiny evil deeds but gross evil as well. Oh how we need a Savior!
Yep. A lot of work to do with those sinners. Work, work, work
Thanks for the message.
In His Love,