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The Wrath of God

Romans 1:8

The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness,

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When oh when will we understand that we cannot continue to sin – continue to walk in wickedness – and expect to avoid the wrath of a just and righteous God? I will move directly into a long passage – that in my Bible is titled God’s Wrath Against Sinful Humanity.

Romans 1:18–32 – 18 The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19 since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse. 21 For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles. 24 Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. 25 They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen. 26 Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. 27 In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error. 28 Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done. 29 They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, 30 slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; 31 they have no understanding, no fidelity, no love, no mercy. 32 Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.

First – let me restate that God – and God’s plan for humanity – is clear – For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse. God is not hidden. God is plain and clear for all to see. There is no excuse.

Second – let me say that I am not writing today to call out certain sins. ALL sin should be unacceptable to us. We should never find ourselves in a place where we are trying to rationalize our sin or calling sin acceptable in our lives. Society doesn’t determine what is sin and what is not. God determines sin. We can understand sin through reading God’s Holy Word – the Bible.

Lastly – for today – I’ll close with one of my favorite sayings – the further the world moves away from God the more Christians should stand out. As the world follows after their own evil desires – trying new and additional perversions – moving further away from a Holy God – the more Christians – who should be holding on to truth – should stand out from the crowd. The church – the people of God – should not follow the ways of the world but rather the ways of God. Following after God is the only way to avoid the wrath of God – shown to those who choose self and sin over God.

I’m praying for the Baltimore-Washington Conference of the United Methodist Church as we meet next week.  I pray that we will hold to the truths of the Bible and not bend to social norms or the desires of our society.  I pray we will move away from the world and move closer to God and stand out as a church that desires holiness rather than wickedness.

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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May 22, 2014 - Posted by | Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Denomination, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Holy Spirit, Leadership, Marriage, Outreach, Personal, Sermons, Theology | , , , , , ,

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