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PostSubject: God’s Wrath Against Sinful Humanity   Thu May 22, 2014 7:36 am

God’s Wrath against Sinful Humanity

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18For God’s wrath is being revealed from heaven against all the ungodliness and wickedness of those who in their wickedness suppress the truth. 19For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God himself has made it plain to them. 20For since the creation of the world God’s invisible attributes—his eternal power and divine nature—have been understood and observed by what he made, so that people are without excuse. 21For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him. Instead, their thoughts turned to worthless things, and their senseless hearts were darkened. 22Though claiming to be wise, they became fools 23and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images that looked like mortal human beings, birds, four-footed animals, and reptiles.

24For this reason, God delivered them to sexual impurity as they followed the lusts of their hearts and dishonored their bodies with one another. 25They exchanged God’s truth for a lie and worshipped and served the creation rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.

26For this reason, God delivered them to degrading passions as their females exchanged their natural sexual function for one that is unnatural. 27In the same way, their males also abandoned their natural sexual function toward females and burned with lust toward one another. Males committed indecent acts with males, and received within themselves the appropriate penalty for their perversion.

28Furthermore, because they did not think it worthwhile to keep knowing God fully, God delivered them to degraded minds to perform acts that should not be done. 29They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed, and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, quarreling, deceit, and viciousness. They are gossips, 30slanderers, God-haters, haughty, arrogant, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to their parents, 31foolish, faithless, heartless, and ruthless. 32Although they know God’s just requirement—that those who practice such things deserve to die—they not only do these things but even applaud others who practice them.
International Standard Version, biblehub.com/isv/romans/1.htm

Verse 24, "For this reason, God delivered them to sexual impurity..."
Verse 26, "For this reason, God delivered them to degrading passions..."
Verse 28, "... God delivered them to degraded minds to perform acts that should not be done."

I believe this tells us how God reveals his wrath under the New Covenant. He simply turns us over to ourselves. The question is: why? Look at verses 18-23, and I believe that provides the why. And the why is simple. It's idolatry. If we are going to worship things and not God. That's idolatry. You may wonder where is idolatry in America. Look around. It's all around you. It's most notable in Spring when a bunny rabbit and colored eggs is worshipped. In December when a jolly fat man dressed in red is idolized, along with his reindeer, a tree, and presents under a tree.

Look at the love of money in America. That 2 is a form of idolatry. Do you know any major league baseball players that don't get a million dollars per year? Oh maybe rookies. But if they are any good at all, they'll be in the millions before long.

And there is carnality in the church. Paul said that division is carnality. And the church in America is surely divided. I believe it's time for the church in America to follow the instructions in 2nd Chronicles 7.14, "when my people humble themselves—the ones who are called by my name—and pray, seek me, and turn away from their evil practices, I myself will listen from heaven, I will pardon their sins, and I will restore their land."

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