The news here in NY was the passing of the Gay Marriage Bill on Friday night… It didn’t come as a surprise, yes I’m grieved that it finally passed. I’m grieved because it goes against the Word of God and His mandate for marriage. But I will say this (the decision) has impeccable timing. We’re not caught off guard here, In Sunday school as you all know we’re in Romans… Romans 1:18-32 It’s very important than I have these verse laid right out for you to see, Paul says:
18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, 19 because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. 20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. 21 For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. 22 Professing to be wise, they became fools, 23 and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures. 24 Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, so that their bodies would be dishonored among them. 25 For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. 26 For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, 27 and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error. 28 And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper, 29 being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice; they are gossips, 30 slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents 31 without understanding, untrustworthy, unloving, unmerciful; 32 and although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them.
As I said in Sunday school and my Pastor affirmed behind the pulpit yesterday we love all people and all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God… We pray for these people, we share the gospel of Jesus Christ with these people… But we stand by the Word of God, we don’t condemn them because they already stand condemn before God John 3:36 We pray Gods sovereign work in their hearts… Because now God has given them over to their own desires Romans 1:24, 26, 28 We as believers were like them once before God saved us… We finished up Romans 1:21 this morning For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. God has impeccable timing… Their foolish hearts were darkened, It’s like God answered the decision Friday night with a bible study on Sunday.
What does it mean that their hearts were darkened? (skotizo) Literally to be or become dark or to be unable to give light as in Matthew 24:29. These people have a lack of religious and moral perception and become inwardly darkened in respect to one’s understanding. Look at Psalm 50:23 “He who offers a sacrifice of thanksgiving honors Me; And to him who orders his way aright I shall show the salvation of God.” But when truth is rejected falsehood replaces it and they love darkness. Look at John 3:19, 20 “This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil. “For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed.
God has given them all this glorious light and truth in nature and it’s all darkness to them… And once this happens they fall for anything foolish that comes their way and falsehood becomes truth, then their ears are tickled For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths. 2 Timothy 4:3, 4
Professing to be wise, they became fools Romans 1:22 But thats for next week. What do we do for people who reject the truth… We pray for them, we love them and more than anything we give them the truth… For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “BUT THE RIGHTEOUS man SHALL LIVE BY FAITH.” For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, Romans 1:16-18
When I was teaching through the gospel of Mark 5 or 6 years ago I remember Jesus saying something so simple yet so powerful, listen it was Him who was saying it: Jesus starts His Galilean ministry with these straight forward and no-nonsense words “ The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.” Mark 1:15 And that’s what I learned in church yesterday.