Exchanging truth for a lie!
Scripture reading for July 13th: Romans 1:18-32
Although the gospel is the power of God for salvation to those who will by faith believe in Jesus Christ, there was another group of people who have chosen to ignore God. God has revealed Himself to all men through His creation. Paul wrote about this group in the reading for today and it speaks to our culture and time!
God’s wrath is ongoing in our world, not just something that will come at the end of time! Paul stated that His wrath was being revealed against the wickedness of men who suppressed the truth by their wickedness. To suppress means that the person saw the truth, but choose to ignore or push down the truth. What ‘truth’ it that these wicked men were suppressing? That truth was the plain revelation of God’s eternal power and divine nature as revealed through His creation! (Roman 1:20)
Paul stated that when a person suppressed this truth, his heart would become darkened by the lies that were used to push out the truth that God was making evident. (Romans 1:21-22) Instead of worshiping the invisible, immortal, living God who created all things, these darkened individuals chose to worship images and idols! They exchanged truth for a lie! This is one of the worst decisions a person can make. (Romans 1:25) It brings deeper darkness and increasing immorality!
Because they suppressed the truth about God, God responded by giving them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity. This lust was expressed in an exchange of passions: the natural use of sex for the unnatural! Women burned for other women and men for other men! God did not design the body for this unnatural union! (Romans 1:26-27) This was a consequence of suppressing truth!
These people chose not to retain the knowledge of God, even though His eternal power and divine nature were evident to them. They also knew His divine decrees that those who practice what they were doing (unnatural sex), deserved death! (Leviticus 20:13) (Romans 1:32) They continued to do these things and encouraged others to do them as well! This is what we are seeing in our nation today! God’s wrath is ongoing–giving people over! How we must pray and preach the powerful gospel!