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A Nation Who Rejects God is Doomed

Note: this message takes many points and notes from a message by John MacArthur to which I’ve added my own thoughts and teaching. Here is MacArthur’s original message: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t5vAA_QpNh8

This my message Sunday morning Oct 11 on this topic.

John 19:11 Jesus answered, “You would have no authority over Me, unless it had been given you from above; for this reason he who delivered Me to you has the greater sin.”

  • Nations are obligated to follow the true God or suffer dire consequences
  • Not just Christians, or “Christian nations”, all nations

No Other Gods
Exodus 20:3 You shall have no other gods before[a] me. 4 “You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. 5 You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me, 6 but showing steadfast love to thousands[b] of those who love me and keep my commandments.

There’s only one God, only one true God.

  • All humanity is commanded to worship that one true God, and the fundamental reason, the fundamental plan of God, as far as nations are concerned, is to bless the nations that acknowledge Him as the true God.

Judgment becomes inevitable because when you turn from the one true God you therefore turn from His law; and when you turn from His law:

  • reverence is gone,
  • morality is gone,
  • fear is gone,
  • virtue is gone,
  • and God is gone.

Acts 14: “God has allowed all the nations to go their own way.” It’s the way of destruction.

That’s the cycle of the history of nations.

  • From bondage to spiritual faith.
  • From spiritual faith to great courage.
  • From courage to liberty.
  • From liberty to abundance.
  • From abundance to selfishness.
  • From selfishness to complacency.
  • From complacency to apathy.
  • From apathy to dependency.
  • From dependency back again into bondage

That’s what Paul’s talking about in

  • Romans 1:21 “They knew God, they glorify Him not as God, and the wrath of God was unleashed on them. God gave them over to lusts and impurity; gave them over to unlawful degrading passions, women with women, and men with men; gave them over to a depraved mind, and they heartily approved behaviors that they knew led them to judgment.”

God gave us the 10 Commandment and Government for a Reason

Three uses for the law of God:

  1. To show the sinner what holiness was like so the sinner could see how far short he falls, be convicted and repent personally, and receive the salvation that God offers through Christ.
  2. Too become the standard for believers’ behavior as they walk in sanctification and holiness.
  3. To restrain sin in society.

JC Ryle said about England: “In what manner God would punish England if English government casts off all connections with Him. I cannot tell whether He would punish us by some sudden blow such as defeat in war and the occupation of our territory by a foreign power, whether He would waste us away gradually and slowly by loss of commercial prosperity, whether He would break us to pieces by letting fools rule over us and allowing parliament to obey them, whether He would ruin us by sending a dearth of wise statesmen. But one thing I am sure: the state that sows the seed of national neglect of God will sooner or later reap a harvest of national disaster and national ruin.”

There is no god except the God of the Bible.

  • There is no true morality but the morality of the Bible.
  • There’s no true worship but the worship of the true and living God, the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
  • There is no personal blessing apart from Him
  • There is no national blessing apart from honoring Him
  • There is no way to Him except through Jesus Christ.

Removing the worship of the true God is a disaster to a nation.

  • First things we must do is Timothy 2:12, Paul said, “First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings” – rulers – “all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity.”

For that to happen we have to pray for the leaders who are in authority,

  • Pray that they will submit to God:
  • Pray they would be saved

When God and Christ in Scripture are dishonored in a nation there will be violence, there will be a sea of lies, wickedness abounding, and shame.

  • There will not be a tranquil, peaceful life in all of godliness and dignity. Joshua 24:20, “If you forsake the Lord and serve foreign gods, then He will turn and do you harm and consume you after He has done good to you.”
  • There’s no question that God has done good to our nation; but He will consume this nation if it stays on the path it’s on.

Removing the worship of the true God, removing the authority of His Word, the voice of the church, the moral education of children and youth, removing the gospel because it’s too offensive is the path to national destruction.

Listen to how broad the Bible says worship of the true God is:

  • Psalm 33:8, “Let all the earth fear the Lord; let all the nations of the world revere Him.”
  • Psalm 117:1, “Praise the Lord, all you nations; and extol Him, all you peoples!” Now that has to come from leadership.
  • Psalm 72:11 says, “Let all kings bow down before Him, and all nations serve Him.”

All kings, all nations.

Jonah 3: The People of Nineveh Repent

God declared DOOM on a pagan nation who rejected Him

  • This is not about personal salvation; this is God’s principle that He blesses nations who recognize Him, and judges nation who reject Him

Daniel, Nebuchadnezzar & Belshazzar

Daniel 4–5:  Nebuchadnezzar who thought himself to be God, and he was turned into a beast. Belshazzar elevated himself and God judged him.

God is the same God today.

Immutable: unchanging over time or unable to be changed.

  • This puts a huge burden on leadership of a country.
  • A lot of people are pursuing political power.
  • You should be cautious of that because God holds you to account

Proverbs 29:2, “When the righteous increase, the people rejoice; when a wicked man rules, people groan.”

  • Have you been groaning? “When a wicked man rules, people groan.”

A “Country Changing” Election is Near

  • Two distinct and opposite ideologies are wanting your vote
  • Both sides have the common problems of fiscal insanity and degrading morality
  • One side wants to take us there immediately and openly rejects God
  • The other side still believes in law and order

As election day nears, we must consider what the Bible — which equips for every good work (2 Timothy 3:17) — says about civil ruler qualifications.

Rulers must be fear God to be Just

2 Samuel 23:3–4 (ESV) 3 The God of Israel has spoken; the Rock of Israel has said to me: When one rules justly over men, ruling in the fear of God, 4 he dawns on them like the morning light, like the sun shining forth on a cloudless morning, like rain that makes grass to sprout from the earth.

Proverbs 17:7, “Excellent speech is not fitting for a fool, much less lying lips to a ruler.”

  • Are you not weary of lying people in power?
  • Proverbs 20:28 says, “Loyalty and truth preserve the king.”

To be a virtuous ruler, to lead a nation that God will bless, a leader must:

  • worship the true God,
  • must conduct his life and his affairs on behalf of the country with righteousness, justice, wisdom, honesty, morality.
  • He must be humble.
  • He must be a protector of those who need protection.
  • He must have courage.

A person who has character, conviction, virtue, righteousness, wisdom, honesty  and courage will be very careful with power;

  • As opposed to most of our political leaders today want power at all costs, and will do anything to keep it, and enrich themselves through it

There is no other way to distinguish a good ruler from a bad ruler. It’s not personality.

  • God’s standards are the only way to distinguish a good ruler from a bad one.

Short of national revival of the Gospel and a nation wide repentance, it is unlikely we will ever have Godly leaders again.

Despite the patriotic, fiscal and civil good the current President has done, which is a good thing… we’ve seen no repentance, humility, increasing morality or a declaration of national recognition of God (not government forced recognition, voluntary recognition)

Is there an ideal king?

A King will come who will reign righteously, and He will establish His kingdom – none other than the Lord Jesus Christ.

Psalm 67:1–7 (ESV)  1 May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face to shine upon us, Selah   2 that your way may be known on earth, your saving power among all nations.   3 Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you!   4 Let the nations be glad and sing for joy, for you judge the peoples with equity and guide the nations upon earth. Selah   5 Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you!   6 The earth has yielded its increase; God, our God, shall bless us.   7 God shall bless us; let all the ends of the earth fear him!


Christians & Rioting Part 6

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Godly Constraints to Evil

The Church

The final restraint is the church, a spiritual restraint

  • The Spirit who indwells us truly changes our default nature.

Internal Restraint

James 1:14–15 (NKJV) 14 But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed.   15 Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.

  • The real cure for problems in the world is to change human beings internally (the heart) because that’s where all the sin originates. 

2 Corinthians 5:17 (NKJV) 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

  • You become a new kind of person.

Ezekiel 36:26 (NKJV)  26 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.

  • The Church via the process of Salvation makes new hearts. 
  • The power of God then comes from the inside, overpowering that corruption. 

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How Should Christians Respond to the Riots?

Romans 13:1-7 1 Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God. 2 Therefore whoever resists authority has opposed the ordinance of God; and they who have opposed will receive condemnation upon themselves.

3 For rulers are not a cause of fear for good behavior, but for evil. Do you want to have no fear of authority? Do what is good and you will have praise from the same; 4 for it is a minister of God to you for good. But if you do what is evil, be afraid; for it does not bear the sword for nothing; for it is a minister of God, an avenger who brings wrath on the one who practices evil.

5 Therefore it is necessary to be in subjection, not only because of wrath, but also for conscience’ sake. 6 For because of this you also pay taxes, for rulers are servants of God, devoting themselves to this very thing. 7 Render to all what is due them: tax to whom tax is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honor to whom honor.

Christians are to be:

  • Good citizens
  • Lawful
  • Obedient to the authorities unless they ask/require us to sin
  • Peaceful and quiet:

    Romans 12:18 (NKJV)  18 If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men.

    1 Thessalonians 4:10–12 (NKJV)  10 and indeed you do so toward all the brethren who are in all Macedonia. But we urge you, brethren, that you increase more and more;   11 that you also aspire to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you,   12 that you may walk properly toward those who are outside, and that you may lack nothing.

Never with Despair or Hopelessness

No matter how hard things are or in what situation we find ourselves in, Christians should never despair or be hopeless.

  • No matter what, we are to live for Jesus and know that the day is coming soon when all the hopelessness of this life will be no more:

(2 Corinthians 4:8-11) – “We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed– always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body. For we who live are always delivered to death for Jesus’ sake, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh.” (NKJV; emphasis mine)

Prayers of Repentance

(2 Chronicles 7:14) – “If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” (NKJV; emphasis mine)

(Psalm 81:13-16) – “Oh, that My people would listen to Me, That Israel would walk in My ways! I would soon subdue their enemies And turn My hand against their adversaries. The haters of the Lord would pretend submission to Him, but their fate would endure forever. He would have fed them also with the finest of wheat; And with honey from the rock I would have satisfied you.” (NKJV)

  • National repentance starts with personal repentance.
  • We must repent individually and then move on to teach our families, friends and those we influence.

Pray for Godly Courage

Pray for preachers, teachers and leaders who will proclaim the truth and wake up America. Pray that when the time comes, no matter what the circumstance, you will choose Christ over all else.

(Matthew 10:32-33) – “Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven. “(NKJV; emphasis mine)

Expectation

Christians should respond with expectation and the knowledge and awareness of the decline of our country.

Discernment

Instead, as wise Christians, we must be discerning in knowing the truth from a dream.

(2 Timothy 3:1) – “But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come.” (NKJV; emphasis mine)

In context, this is speaking of the last days of humanity, but in application, it is equally true that in the last days of the nation’s existence, perilous times will be the natural result.

Longing for Heaven

It is a Godly byproduct of suffering in trials that our longing for Heaven is naturally increased.

(Revelation 21:3-4) – “And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.” (NKJV)

Opportunities for God

All the troubles of this world open the doors of opportunity for the next.

  • In a very real sense, if the decline of America will bring about true hope and salvation, then it is a decline that we should hope for, even if it scares us.

Who is to blame for rioting, looting, turmoil and destruction?

  • The sinful human heart is the real culprit
  • Salvation is the only real and lasting solution
  • Only the return of Christ will end sin for once and for all.
  • Until then, persecution refines the church. Chaos creates hopeless which results in people looking for answers.

People looking for answers are more open to the Gospel.

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Christians & Rioting Part 5

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Godly Constraints to Evil

Government

Rom 13:1 Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.

The law is to convict sinners, to drive them to a Savior.

The law is to act in society as a restraint.

The law is as the path of obedience, clear boundaries for good and righteous behavior.

All humanity is under the law of God.

  • The divine law of God is written on every human hear
  • This reflects God’s holy standard and for those with a conscience are self-evident

God ordained that the living sacrificial church would be synergistic with a God-fearing, righteous Government… to the benefit of the culture and society.

Conscience

Romans 2:15 (NKJV) 15 who show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and between themselves their thoughts accusing or else excusing them)

  • From the very start, God declared that sinful man would have the divine knowledge of good and evil written on their hearts:

Romans 1:20 (NKJV) 20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse.

This separates us from animals (as a side note, this also proves the Bible about origins; evolution has no answer for where “conscience” came from):

Ethical sense and moral consciousness are part of being human, the law in the heart.

Family

God created the family unit to constrain evil and pass down righteousness.

  • Family is the building block of society. 
  • God has established the family to be a loving, truthful, exemplary place that restrains evil in the next generation.

Children don’t naturally constrain their sin, fear God and honor their parents.

  • Proverbs 19:18. “Discipline your son while there is hope and do not desire his death.”  Undisciplined children die young. 

You Reap What You Sow

Through modern psychology, self-esteem and prosperity we have raised generations now who are then indoctrinated that:

  • there is no God (evolution),
  • all the past institutions are to be rebelled against,
  • America is not only not great; it is a racist greedy nation deserving only destruction.
  • family is whatever you want it to be.
  • marriage is antiquated and redefined to “anyone who loves someone(s)”
  •  and laws are optional based on whether you agree with them or not.

And we are somehow shocked at what we see today?

Next time we will talk about how the Church is the ultimate restraint of sin…

To be continued…


Christians & Rioting Part 4

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Romans 1:28-29a And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting;   29 being filled with all unrighteousness…

How will the debased mind of Romans 1 be manifested in society?

Voddie Baucham – “Ethnic Gnosticism”

Voddie Baucham talks about “ethnic Gnosticism”, where a group of one skin color has special insight into racial issues that others don’t have and cannot have unless taught to them and they accept it without question.

  • Gnostics: gnosis, knowledge; secret knowledge, insider knowledge, knowledge that makes it “us vs. them”.
  • ETHNIC GNOSTICISM SUMMED UP: You are racist if you have certain skin color, and if you don’t know that you are racist you must be taught by me why you are a racist.. and by virtue of me having a certain skin color, I know instinctively what racism is, and what it looks like and no one must teach me to discern it.
  • The ethnic Gnostics have special knowledge about race that cannot be questioned or DENIED… denial is just further proof of the ignorance of the non-Gnostic.

This Is Not Confined to Black Vs. White

Throughout all human history this mindset has been common and remains so today:

  • Blacks vs. Whites
  • Asians vs. Hispanics
  • Spaniards vs. Mexicans
  • Central American Hispanics vs. Indigenous Indians
  • Muslims vs. Infidels

Ethnic Gnosticism is broken, wrong and unchristian whether by whites or blacks. It is unChristlike in every form.

Victim Gnosticism

Its not just a black/white skin color issue its any of the “victim” groups today:

  • Women just “know” when males are being sexist (always); men can just shut up
  • Homosexuals just “know” you are bigoted, and you must be taught to realize you are
  • Transgenders just “know” you are oppressing them even if you claim you are not or you’ve not actual done anything oppressive
  • Class warfare: the poor “know” the rich are oppressing them… the rich need to learn their lesson while the poor simply “know” by default instinct

Ethnic Gnosticism elevates a physical characteristic as a sign that one group of people is elevated above another in privilege, authority and knowledge and cannot be questioned or criticized.

Why not just ignore it (ie. “color blind”)?

  • Because its not possible, nor reality
  • We have skin color, we have heritage, we have culture

The beauty of Christianity is that it acknowledges humans of all ethnicities as equally LOST and salvation brings us all into God’s family as equals.

Paul recognized ethnicity:

  • Romans 9:1-5 9 I am speaking the truth in Christ—I am not lying; my conscience bears me witness in the Holy Spirit— 2 that I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. 3 For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my brothers, my kinsmen according to the flesh. 4 They are Israelites, and to them belong the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the worship, and the promises. 5 To them belong the patriarchs, and from their race, according to the flesh, is the Christ, who is God over all, blessed forever. Amen.
  • Paul was passionate about “his people” … but that was not more important than their lost souls, nor did Paul elevate any ethnicity as superior to others

Christianity takes all ethnicities, all cultures and recognizes the only TWO REAL groups of people there are: saved and unsaved. There are only the two types of people according to the Bible:

From Matt 25… “Every person who has ever lived will be gathered before Jesus, and He will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.

And He will place those who are SAVED on His right, and those are LOST on the left. Then Jesus will say to those on His right, ‘Come, good and faithful servants, WELL DONE… you are blessed and now have eternal life.”

“Then he will say to those on his left, ‘I don’t know you because you rejected Me…. depart from Me, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. And the lost will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

Lost or saved… the only two groups of humanity when it really counts.

Approval of Evil

It’s not just the practice of evil, it goes further than that:

  • Scripture says they “approve of those who do”. Do what? Evil.
  • The equivalent today is “we elect those who approve of our wickedness, who will not prosecute evil and will criminalize anyone who does not actively approve as well

Systemic Wickedness

The Truth is, man is evil at heart, apart from God.

  • It is not social, it is systemic
  • It is personal, and nobody is excluded

Man naturally is a sinful beast at heart who rejects God, rejects His law, rebels, does not fear God. We were all born with that internal wretchedness that corrupts and defiles.

  • Jesus: Mark 7:20–23 (NKJV) 20 And He said, “What comes out of a man, that defiles a man.   21 For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries (moicheia sex of any kind that violates a marriage covenant), fornications (porneia pornography), murders,   22 thefts, covetousness Greediness, wickedness (ponēria malicious evil), deceit, lewdness (aselgeia lewdness of behavior and speech), an evil eye, blasphemy (blasphēmia, abusive, blasphemous speech), pride, foolishness.   23 All these evil things come from within and defile a man.”

This is a profound look at the condition of the human heart.

All People Are Sinners, Without Exception

Not all are equally sinful relative to each other, but all are bent in the same direction; and if you allow them to, they will run their wretchedness as far as you will let them.

Since humanity is so deceitful and so depraved and so degenerate and so dangerous, so destructive, so deadly, how did God ever expect us to survive?

Next time we will talk about what God has put in place to constrain the evil tendency of the human heart…

To be continued…


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Romans 3:18 “There is no fear of God before their eyes.”

This sums up the root cause: “no fear of God”.

  • No fear of accountability
  • No fear of judgment
  • No fear of retribution or vengeance

Indoctrinate people and the fear of God disappears:

  • There is no God
  • You were not created, you evolved by time and chance
  • There is no judgment, there is no Hell, there is no after life
  • The Bible is false, the Bible is for the weak
  • Survival of the fittest, humanism

The Fear of God Restrains Evil

Our founding fathers in America knew that.

  • “Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become more corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.” (Benjamin Franklin)
  • “A Republic must either preserve its virtue or lose its liberty.” (John Witherspoon)
  • “The sum of all is, if we would most truly enjoy the gift of Heaven, let us become a virtuous people; then shall we both deserve and enjoy it. While on the other hand, if we are universally vicious and debauched in our manners, though the form of our Constitution carries the face of the most exalted freedom, we shall in reality be the most abject slaves.” (Samuel Adams)
  • “I go on this great republican principle, that the people will have virtue and intelligence to select men of virtue and wisdom. Is there no virtue among us? If there be not, we are in a wretched situation. No theoretical checks — no form of government can render us secure. To suppose that any form of government will secure liberty or happiness without any virtue in the people, is an [impossible] idea, if there be sufficient virtue and intelligence in the community, it will be exercised in the selection of these men. So that we do not depend on their virtue, or put confidence in our rulers, but in the people, who are to choose them.” (James Madison)
  • “But neither the wisest constitution nor the wisest laws will secure the liberty and happiness of a people whose manners are universally corrupt. Here therefore is the truest friend to the liberty of his country who tries most to promote its virtue, and who, so far as his power and influence extend, will not suffer a man to be chosen into any office of power and trust who is not a wise and virtuous man.” (Samuel Adams)

The Rejection of God

Romans 1:18 (NKJV) 18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness.

They suppress the truth in unrighteousness.

Romans 1:19–20 (NKJV) 19 because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them.   20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse,

  • We can know God exists by using our reasoning ability.

Romans 1:21–23 (NKJV) 21 because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened.   22 Professing to be wise, they became fools,  23 and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man—and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things.

Humanity Rejects the True God

  • True reason would lead people to the true God.

So, what does God do in response?

Romans 1:24–32 (NKJV)  24 Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves,   25 who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.   26 For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature.   27 Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.   28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting;   29 being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers,   30 backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,   31 undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful;   32 who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.

  • Wickedness – the continued state of wickedness; being evil by nature and in practice
  • Covetousness – excessively desirous of wealth, greed, and the lust to have the possessions of others
  • Maliciousness – deliberately harmful, spiteful, vicious and evil on purpose
  • Full of envy – a constant feeling of discontent, coveting another person’s good fortune
  • Murder – the taking of life by violence or force for any reason other than God- ordained justice and self-defense; abortion, euthanasia, gang violence, crime
  • Strife – bitter conflict and discord, quarreling, rivalry and antagonism
  • Deceit – the distortion of truth through misleading, exaggeration, fraud, trickery and cheating
  • Evil-mindedness – having a mind that is continually weakened, a bad character and being completely desensitized to sin
  • Whisperers – spreading gossip and rumors
  • Backbiters – people who slander and speak evil of other people, back stabbers and betrayers
  • Haters of God – those who actively and publicly defame God, blaspheme Him and denounce Him
  • Violent – those who are uncontrolled, who wish to cause injury and destruction, furious and unconstrained, unrepentant of any pain or damage they cause
  • Proud – people who have high opinions of themselves, having pride in their behavior and their own wisdom
  • Boasters – those who exaggerate about themselves, vanity and excessive pride, to actively promote oneself
  • Inventors of evil things – people will not only do the evil, they will sit around and think up ways to be evil, actively trying to invent and promote new ways to hurt others
  • Disobedient to parents – dishonoring, neglectful and refusing to submit to the authority of parents; rebellious
  • Undiscerning – people lack the ability to comprehend or recognize truth easily, accepting evil ideas and being unable to distinguish or discriminate right from wrong
  • Untrustworthy – people will not keep their word; they have no conscience about keeping vows or doing what they know they should do
  • Unloving – those who do not give love and affection, and except for selfish reasons, are incapable of it
  • Unforgiving – people with no mercy who are completely unwilling to forgive any wrong or offense, no matter how slight
  • Unmerciful – cruel and without pity showing no mercy for any reason, even pronouncing the very presence of mercy as a weakness and undesirable

Three times God says, “When you act like that, I will turn you over.” To a debased [reduced quality] mind

Debased Minds

It explains so much of what we see today. A debased mind is a “lower quality” mind.

  • The inability to think clearly, properly, reasonably, logically
  • The inability to discern truth from lies
  • The inability to be self aware, to avoid hypocrisy
  • The inability to be self disciplined, truthful, of high integrity
  • The inability to think “rightly” about what is important

Next time we will talk about what results in a culture/society when debased minds become the leaders…

To be continued…


Christians & Rioting Part 2

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Romans 3:10–18 (NKJV) 10 As it is written: “There is none righteous, no, not one;

  • All encompassing, NOT ONE
  • We tend to think it applies to everyone else BUT MY PEOPLE

11 There is none who understands; There is none who seeks after God.

  • NONE… and that is irrespective of political party, ideology or culture

12 They have all turned aside; They have together become unprofitable; There is none who does good, no, not one.” 13 “Their throat is an open tomb; With their tongues they have practiced deceit”; “The poison of asps is under their lips”; 14 “Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness.” 15 “Their feet are swift to shed blood; 16 Destruction and misery are in their ways; 17 And the way of peace they have not known.” 18 “There is no fear of God before their eyes.”

Sin Nature Pathology (the cause of disease)

This is the truth about human nature. This is what we are dealing with. This is the root cause.

Essential Character

Ephesians 4:18 (NKJV) having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart

Even for Christians, generally speaking, about the best we can muster most of the time is “How much can I do and not actually sin?” (as opposed to how far away from sin can I get?)

What About Religions

All other religions outside of Biblical Christianity attempt to make man “good” in and of himself.

Religions replace the need for God elevating man to be his own salvation by earning it through being good, or having the right ideas or being part of the right group

  • Isaiah 53:6 (NKJV) 6 All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; And the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.

Man-originated religions are satanic counterfeits sending men in the opposite direction from God.

Romans 3:12 They have all turned aside; They have together become unprofitable; There is none who does good, no, not one.”

  • Unprofitable, useless: the Hebrew equivalent is rancid, like rotten trash or sour milk or putrid meat

Human Nature in a Nutshell

  • None righteous
  • None understands
  • No one seeks after God
  • All have turned aside
  • All our corrupt and rancid
  • None does true good or righteousness, nothing acceptable to Holy God.

Deceitful Communication

What is the sum of man’s communication?

Romans 3:13–14 (NKJV) “Their throat is an open tomb; With their tongues they have practiced deceit”; “The poison of asps is under their lips”;  14 “Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness.”

What is in an open tomb: dead bodies. No matter how well you describe it in words, it is a pale imitation of the actual experience.

The communication of sinful humanity is like an OPEN TOMB, a pile of rotting rancid flesh in a pool of sewage in a landfill on a summer day.

  • Turn on the media and entertainment for a short while and any argument against this truth quickly disintegrates

Romans 3:13–14 (NKJV) “Their throat is an open tomb; With their tongues they have practiced deceit”; “The poison of asps is under their lips”;  14 “Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness.”

  • The term “deceiving” has as its root a word that means a fishhook.
  • They lie in order to catch you for the kill.
  • Think of how a fishhook works: it is baited with something desirable, slides into you easily, then gets snagged when you try to pull it out.
  • Deceit is packaged as a tasty morsel but ends up snagging you and pulling you to your death.

Filthy, rotten, deceptive, treacherous poisonous bitter cursing. This is the mouth of humanity. This is the summation of how sin-cursed humans communicate.

Default Conduct

Romans 3:15 “Their feet are swift to shed blood;

  • Humans are murderous.
  • Wherever murder has been legalized or sanctioned, the mass of common people flock to it

Wherever man has legalized murdered, cheapened life, and dehumanized a certain group, the masses are quick to participate in murder.

Black Lives Matters, Really?

  • Every day, a thousand black babies are slaughtered in their mother’s womb, the one place that is supposed to be the most sacred and safe for a human life
  • Every year, 2000+ black males murdered (mostly by other black males who are then incarcerated for life, FBI stats)

Do black lives really matter? Then why are we focused on the very very rare deaths of blacks by white cops, instead of the daily onslaught of blacks being murdered by abortion doctors, gang violence, drugs and criminal activity?

  • Answer: because “lives” are not important, politics and power are

Romans 3:16-17 Destruction and misery are in their ways; 17 And the way of peace they have not known.”

Murder, hatred and evil is the natural expression of the unredeemed human heart.

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Next time we’ll continue with:
Romans 3:18 “There is no fear of God before their eyes.”

To be continued…