A Nation Under Judgment (Part Two)

Complimentary Story
September  2022

   “For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. 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.”
 
   In our previous installment of this series, we explored the first stop on the road to a reprobate mind. Romans 1 shows what I view as a three-strike process that demonstrates what stages a rebellious sinner can be found in on their way to being given over by God to a reprobate mind. As the people go, so goes the nation. We are a nation under judgment because we have knowingly and willfully exchanged the truth of God for a lie.
 
   The road to a reprobate mind starts when man seeks to follow the lusts of their heart rather than the truth which God has revealed to all mankind. Wicked and abominable acts which once would have been reserved for the secrecy of darkness are not only done in the open but are proudly flaunted in a flood of debauchery. “Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever.” (Romans 1:24-25 NKJV)
 
     What happens when we, as individuals, and as a nation, exchange the truth of God for a lie is that God gives us up to uncleanness because of the lusts of our heart. What begins in the mind by rejecting the truth of God for a lie, quickly moves to the heart.  We know the heart is full of all manner of deceit and wickedness. The book of Jeremiah makes it clear that, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; Who can know it?” (Jeremiah 17:9 NKJV).  Who can know the depths of the wicked and deceitful heart better than an omniscient God from whom nothing is hidden?
     
   Perhaps you are hesitant to accept that the human heart is full of such wickedness and deceit. I give you an easy way to verify what you should already know and should accept solely on the basis that Bible is the final authority on all matters of truth in this corrupt world. Look at the flood of debauchery found on the internet from TikTok to Fakebook to YouTube and all the darkest recesses of the digital sewer known as the world wide web.
 
   From the lusts of the heart comes all manner of vile passions. Those things once considered shameful to even speak of are now not merely done openly, but they are violently and militantly flaunted not just in the faces of mere mortals, but are abominations done in open rebellion to their Creator. The pulse of decadence and debauchery can be traced to the open rebellion of pride. Pride always results in rebellion. It has been rebellion since Satan fell because of his pride and it is no different today when pride flags are openly flown in the colors of a rainbow. It is not enough to rebel, but man, in his pride, must rebel in such a way that he would take a symbol of God’s promise to not destroy the world by global flood again and fly it in arrogance and utter disregard for their Creator.

     The sin of Sodom at heart was pride but was detailed in the pages of Scripture in the practice which now bears the city’s name. In Genesis 19 such wickedness caused ALL the men of the city to come to Lot’s house with the intention of raping the men who had come into the city and were staying the night in Lot’s house. The men of Sodom were unaware that these visitors they desired to rape were actually angels sent by God to gather a report of the cities of the plains because of the great outcry that had come to the Lord because of their wickedness. The wickedness caused the angels to intervene. “And they struck with blindness the men who were at the entrance of the house, both small and great, so that they wore themselves out groping for the door.” (Genesis 19:11 ESV). Not even being stricken with blindness would quench the vile passions that left them worn out, groping for the door.

     Like the men of Sodom, pride has left this nation worn out and under judgement because it continues to grope at the door of sin, decadence, and debauchery in pursuit of vile passions driven from the lusts of the wicked and deceitful heart. America REPENT!

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