by Mike Ratliff
5 But because of your stubbornness and unrepentant heart you are storing up wrath for yourself in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God, Romans 2:5 (NASB)
I was online today on a friends Facebook page reading about an issue he is dealing with in which a school is disciplining someone who called a “transgender” a girl. He was discussing how he would get involved because he writes and how he needed to get involved because the local press in that city is ignoring the whole thing. I was simply reading the article and trying to understand what was going on then began reading the comments when a person that I did not know started calling my friend a bigot. He made several very rude and crude comments. I made one comment about how hypocritical it was for those demanding tolerance to be so intolerant. Then the guy making those comments came after me calling me a “redneck” and “backward” and a “bible thumper.” The only reason I could think of that he would call me a “bible thumper” was that he had looked at my Facebook page. I made the comment that I was not a “redneck” and stated why and then in another comment I posted Romans 1:18-32. Something happened after that because all comments on that post disappeared. That’s okay. I wondered why God allowed that encounter to happen like that. It’s been awhile since I have actually had to deal with an openly hostile reprobate and I confess it took me by surprise how ugly it got.
What is God’s stance or approach, if you will, towards unrighteousness?
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. Romans 1:18-32 (NASB)
My brethren, you should read the passage I placed above prayerfully and very carefully. Do not skim it. No, take it to heart. What is the wrath of God? God’s wrath is righteously revealed because people suppress the truth about the one true God and turn to idolatry (vv 18-23). The consequences of idolatry is the moral disintegration of human society (vv24-32). Think about that state of our society in the world right now, especially Western Society. What is going on? Aren’t all those things listed that God says are not proper (sins) the very things people are now saying are good, while at the same time if you stand firm on your faith and tell the truth from God’s Word it is called hate speech? Our society has been totally corrupted by what this passage describes.
What I find the most tragic however is how our church leaders, our seminary leaders, our so-called Christian leaders are part of this problem in a big way. They are behind the liberalization of our churches, the watering down of doctrines while bringing in non-Christian focuses for their churches to replace the Gospel such as Social Justice, Black Liberation Theology, Feminism, etc. There are two groups of people for whom the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against. These two groups are obvious non-Christians and professing Christians such as those I described above who are the product of some synthesis process that has made them believe they are Christians when all they are is religious.
As I have said many times before, unbelief is an amazing thing to witness. It does not matter how deep you go in God’s Word to show these people the truth nor how illogical their beliefs are when compared with God’s truth, it does not matter, they will not believe. Why? God has given them up or given them over to what they desired more than His truth or than in knowing Him. We witness this in theologians from seminaries with untold numbers of letters after their names showing how many degrees in theology they have, talk about how important it is to restructure churches in the United States because there are fewer Caucasians than non-Caucasians who are professing Christians now. What? What ever happened to preaching the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ and making disciples from all nations? That is what we are supposed to be doing isn’t it?
The longer this goes on and I watch how God is causing the Church to expand in countries around the world where it is persecuted and then I look at our pathetic, cultural Christianity here and wonder how much longer God will put up with us. I do believe that the Church in the West resembles in a big way the Church at Laodicea (Revelation 3:14-22). Whatever it is, I do know that the vast majority of large churches in the U.S. got that way by appealing to the fleshly desires of the people they were trying to attract. That’s not how the Gospel works, sorry.
Come soon Lord Jesus!
Soli Deo Gloria!