21th October 2022
Read Romans 1:32
Message Alan Burke
As we come to the end of the chapter, we see how sadly that as God hands people over to their sin we begin to see; The true depts of human depravity verse 32. It is not only that we know these things that are listed in this passage to be wrong, it is not only that we know God’s righteous decrees, it is not that those who do such things deserve death, what we are confronted with here in this verse is that sinners not only engage in the sin itself but they give approval to those who sin as God is withdraws his restraining grace on sinful man. The radical corruption of the human heart is that it not only rejects the truth of God even though it's clear to them and they are without excuse, it also attempts to have others excuse their sin, not tolerate it but to affirm it. Not only is it enough for us to sin privately, we seek to fool ourselves that we are not that bad and surround ourselves with fellow sinners so that they will approve our sin and we can approve theirs.
Today that is where we are, it has been almost two thousands years since the Lord inspired Paul to write this letter to the believers in Rome, but the description given of sin and its effects when people reject the truth of God even though it's clear to them and they are without excuse is as true today as it ever was. While there is in each and every human being an innate sense of right and wrong, that the laws of nature testify to, the state of mankind is that we reject that which is clear and deliberately cast what we know about God and nature off. What is worse is that we applaud and rejoice those who practice such things and there are whole denominations, and businesses who get on the bandwagon, politicians who call sin good and say that christians who pray for certain sins should be deemed as having committed a hate crime.
Sadly though the sin against nature here that is told to us is one that we can quickest to react against, but what about the unmarried couple living together, or having restraint before marriage, what about willingly listening to the gossip rather than stopping the person who is sharing it and challenging them? What about those who are never satisfied and constantly envying the new car, the bigger and better thing who need the latest and best? What about how we flagrantly disregard the word of God when it comes to the Sabbath and in effect the Ten Commandments are Nine Commandments? The list could go on and when see these things in ourselves we often dismiss it but for one of the sins listed here! There is a question we need to ask ourselves, are we seeking approval for our sin or are we seeking with God’s help to forsake all evil, to turn from that sin in our lives?
Because the reason that God takes sin so seriously is one that we often miss, it is not that He is just some killjoy who doesn’t want us to have any fun or that the is some mean tyrant who likes having things His own way, no, God takes sin seriously because He knows better than we know just how destructive it is. Sin destroys lives, it destroys relationships with family, friends, it destroys marriages. Today we are to witness to our culture about a better way, as we show purity and fidelity in marriage, we tell people that Biblical marriage is good, and that this is God’s design for where intimacy can be enjoyed between a husband and a wife, that we live as redeemed people, feeling sin, seeking obedience, that we speak of the great hope that we have in our God.
Q84 What doth every sin deserve?
Every sin deserveth God’ s wrath and curse, both in this life, and that which is to come. (Eph. 5:6, Gal. 3:10, Lam. 3:39, Matt. 25:41)