Scripture reading for November 18th: Romans 1-3
God doesn’t want any man or woman to end up in hell. Ge has done everything necessary to bring salvation to each person. His amazing plan of salvation was to send of Jesus Christ to become sin for us and bear its penalty in His own body on the cross. This gospel message was the power of God unto salvation for all who would believe, Jew or Gentile! (Romans 1:16-17)
Paul recounts the path that many take in rejecting the gospel and bringing God’s wrath upon themselves. The first step is to suppress the truth about God and who He is. (Romans 1:18-20) God makes His eternal power and divine nature evident through creation. “The heavens declare the glory of God; . .There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the end of the world.” Psalm 19:1, 3,4) God is evident through nature and in the conscience of man. This truth must be suppressed to be avoided.
After the truth about God is suppressed, the next consequence is an internal darkening of their understanding. Only the light of Jesus Christ can drive out this type of darkness. They refuse to honor God as creator or give thanks to Him as the source of all things. Instead of worshiping God Almighty, the creator, they begin to worship images or idols made to look like created things.
The next step is the worship of self. God gives people who reject truth about His person over to lust and belief of lies. Darkness overtakes the soul and gross immorality fills their lives with more darkness and misery. Consequences of sexual immorality include broken human relationships, aids and venereal disease, and even demon possession. The final state of these people is a depraved mind and a character filled with all kinds of evil. (Romans 1:26-31) They not only do these wicked things, but encourage others to do them too in spite of God’s wrath on these sins.
It is not hard to see that America is on this path to destruction. Many have suppressed the knowledge of God and have fallen for lies and idolatry. They know God’s decree against these sins, but commit them anyway and encourage others to accept them as normal. The wrath of God is being revealed–get right or suffer!