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The "Degeneration" of Man
7/30/2008

The "Degeneration" of Man
    
    For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible manand birds and four-footed animals and creeping things. Romans 1:20-23 (NKJV)
    
    Im not a hater of people, I dont believe in it, and I know that it is unbiblical. So why would I want to bring my walk down to the same level as someone who has blatantly sinned? Because if I do this then I know have such a bad heart, and have not successfully separated the sin from the sinner. That being said, I hate sin.
    
    I thought to myself if Evolution is a terminology for the gradual development of something into a more complex or better form, then degeneration, the process of becoming physically, morally, or mentally worse, better suites the people who the scriptures are speaking of in Romans chapter 1. After reading the passages, I couldnt help but think how we too, as a culture today are degenerating right back to this same type of people
    
    The book of Romans tells a complete picture of how man can and does exchange the real God for a man-made creation and instead he chooses to worship the created rather than the creator. That can be a home, a car, a body, or even a tree.
    
    Verse 21 tells us they knew God, but they chose not to glorify Him, nor were they thankful.
    
    So even though they knew that God existed by the evidence of all creation they failed to act on it. They didnt glorify God or thank Him which are the basis of our entire duty towards God. The by-product of this is that those who refuse to let God have the place of preeminence that is rightfully His will put something or someone else in Gods place.
    
    The result was that they became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened, professing to be wise, they became fools, until they finally exchanged the real God for pictures of man, and statues of animals and all sorts of creeping things and they worshiped them instead (Vs. 21-23).
    
    Yeah, Id say they became fools all right!
    
    So God is not pleased with them at all and so He gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, and to their vile passions to dishonor their bodies among themselves. And they did just that as the women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion (See Romans 1:26-27).
    
    God detests Homosexuality and He specifically bands it in Leviticus 20:13. It damages psychologically, it devastates physiologically (AIDS), and it destroys societies. Fourteen of the last fifteen emperors were homosexual as were their generals and commanders prior to the fall of Rome (See Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire, Gibbons). It was prevalent, accepted and celebrated in Sodom and Gomorrah just before God delivered Lot and rained down burning sulfur on the two cities.
    Before they had gone to bed, all the men from every part of the city of Sodomboth young and oldsurrounded the house. They called to Lot, Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us so that we can have sex with them. Genesis 19:4-5 (NIV)
    
    When Jesus was speaking of the end times, He said, As it was in the days of Lot, so shall it be in the day when the Son of Man is revealed (Luke 17:28-30). So Jesus said that an acceptance and a celebration of homosexuality would be a sign of the very end of this age before His coming. We are seeing it widely accepted and with the new laws on same-sex marriages, it continues to be celebrated on our courthouse steps.
    
    As I said at the beginning of this writing, I do not hate people, but I do hate sin. All Sin. I am not targeting just this sin, but I will not stop reading and sharing the word of God and proclaiming it as it pertains to each sin, whether it is politically correct or not. I want to encourage you to pray for all those who you may know, that God would open their eyes to their transgression, and that He would help them to repent of this lifestyle.
    
    STUDY QUESTION: Can you see the degeneration taking place once they chose not to glorify or thank God as recorded in Romans 1:20-23?
    
    PERSONAL INVENTORY: Do you or people you know accept Homosexuality as just another way that people have chosen, or do you see it in the way that God does?
    
    APPLICATION: We need to tell people what God says about all sin, and we do that by sharing the word of God. It isnt always popular, but if we do it in love, we have done what God has asked. Let the person who hears this word, reconcile their life with God because we are not to judge.
    
    Father, Thank You for Your Word and for helping me to implement it into my life this day. I praise You for Your mercy and Your grace. May I glorify You today in everything that I do, and may it bring great honor unto You and may it bring others closer to You. In Jesus precious name, amen&
    
    Be Blessed, Scott
    
    

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