“Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.” Romans 1:24-25
Lately the Bible has been under attack through a recycled approach, the historic validity. New evidence surfaces that “proves” Jesus was married. Yet more evidence that Jesus was as fictional as Adam and creation. As I walked the Religious isles at our local mega bookstore, where Jesus lovers and Jesus deniers are lined side by side under the label of Christian Living, the book of Romans came to mind yet again…
Yet again, I do say, because two days ago at the YMCA, while walking really fast on the treadmill, Romans 1 came to mind. I happened to look up and see a fellow on television named Jenner. I guess he was now wanting people to be delusional with him and think he was a woman. Sorry, after slightly throwing up in my mouth I wrote a little memo to myself on my phone, “Romans 1, our prayer as Christians if we are hidding sin.”
Jenner was not the problem for me, he is a Romans One problem, as I myself have been. I am a little weirded out by dude, but seeing Robin Williams as “Mrs Doubtfire,” was disturbing too. The treadmill continued to force me to walk four miles an hour, and I made another entry into my phones memo pad, “They were given over to their desires.”
A prayer I prayed so many nights as a Christian hidding sin, was that God would not give me over to a depraved mind. It was a cry for help to God as I was trapped in addiction that on my own was impossible, that held me captive and gripped my soul. I had believed so many lies, and did not want God to be finished with me. Yet in my despair, I was still hopeless. No, I am no better than the man on television, the man who for lack of acknowledging God and rooting himself in sin, was given over to desires that are unnatural.
Romans One is clear on two things; 1. God has made himself known, known to be worshiped. 2. If we fail to honor him, and thank him, there is a wrath revealed from heaven. (Stop… I am not saying earthquakes and tornadoes are God’s wrath against sinners.) What the Bible is saying is that if we are suppressing the truth of God, denying the honor and thanks due him, then in time (for God is slow to anger) we are given to the desires of our hearts. As the old saying goes, “careful what you wish for.”
As for these scholars who have proven God, the Bible, Jesus,and Christianity to be false, read Romans 1:19-23 “For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisable attributes, namely, his eternal power and devine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exhanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.”
I am guilty of hidden sin, I am guilty of thinking my ways are better than His. I am a fallen man, not worthy of salvation. That is the good news of Romans and the gospel, it is the sweet aroma of life to those who are being saved, but for those who are perishing (openly denying God) it is the smell of death. I see the attack on morality in society not a fault of the media, or the world we live in, but it is me who must stand for truth, and encourage those around me to stand for truth, and spread this good news gospel, Jesus is risen, Jesus is coming back, and why he died in the first place, for you! For me!
If you are a Christian living with hidden sin, know that God is patient. But there is verse in James that must be inserted here, “But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.” James 1:14-15. As I prayed each night that God would not kill me for my sin, I thought I was alone, I was believing that Hope was no longer available. God heard my prayer, He answered it, He saved me. And as I began to confess my sins, God was faithful and just to forgive me, and I understood from a whole different point of view these things called grace, mercy, and forgiveness.
The lies the enemy tells Christians is staggering. From thoughts of suicide and deep depression to anger and deep despair. For the world is quick to ignore God, to jump into depravity. But for the Christian, we hide our sin, we conceal our addiction, we try to accomplish what has already been done on the cross. It is truth in Jesus Christ that sets us free. Truth, sometimes, has to be spoken out loud. Confessing to another the things that keep us from fellowship with God and others, confess them. Truth is a trait of our Father, the God who created you, he already knows.
The Bible will always be under attack, morality will always be under attack, we will always be under attack. We can change the outcome of ourselves only, and pray for the Jenners, and the confussed scholars, God will defend His Name, and we will stand with Him, not in our righteousness, but clothed in Jesus’ righteousness. Read Romans One again, where are you with God? Are you begging him not to turn you over to a depraved mind? If you are, then let truth be your goal…If you believe God isn’t real, then ask yourself this, are you sure you’re not the fool? God declares himself known to you!
I pray The lost would be found, the wounded would come in, and that truth would be declared from the lips of my mouth to the ears of the perishing.