WHERE ARE WE BROTHERS?
Brothers, I have read this first chapter of Romans many times over the years. But, it has never been more applicable to us than it is in this present day in which we now live.
With the help of the Holy Spirit I will attempt to show you the truth of God's word here, which was revealed to us by the Apostil Paul.
21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
The world in this day gives no glory to God the creator. They are unthankful for all that they have. Indeed they are vain in all of their imaginations, and their heart is darkened by their foolish behavior.
This is made obvious to all who see what this world has become.
22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.
Brothers just as the children of Israel who had seen the miracle of their delivery from Egypt, and then began making the above mentioned idols to worship as God, when they waited there in the desert.
So to does the world in this day worship many things as their God. Just take a moment to look around each day at all of the things which are held in high regard in this day.
Do you see how much importance people place on things. It could be a new home, automobile, clothes, jobs, vacations, and the list goes on and on without end.
They worship people of perceived power, movie stars, television personalities, politicians, and so on.
The modern day idols have replaced the images of birds, and four footed beasts, and the creeping things of Moses day back their in the desert as they waited on the promised land.
We to wait on the promised land of this day as we watch for Jesus' soon appearing.
God sees all of the distractions that man has invented to keep their focus off of Him.
Yes unfortunately a large number of Christians are allowing this evil world to seduce their thoughts, and actions in this present day in which we live.
Now let us continue with what God reveals unto us here in the first chapter of Romans.
24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:
25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.
28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;
Brothers, please see here that God gave them over to a reprobate mind in that they did not like to retain God in their knowledge. They did not even like to think of Him.
Look at our present day. Our government has made prayer in a public place illegal except in a house of worship, and that too will follow soon. Same sex marriage has been made legal in America.
29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,
30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:
32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.
Brothers verse 32 above says that those who do such things are worthy of death. Not that they can't be forgiven for these sins, but that they are worthy of death for doing those things.
Also those who accept this behavior. Brothers he is speaking now of those who condone such behavior, even the parents of those who do these things.
Please read and reread the above eleven verses and see that we as a society have arrived to the above mentality. Those of you here in America need only to look around to see that this country has arrived to the place that Paul spoke of here in the above eleven verses of scripture from God's holy word.
Do you see that just as God gave his people over to a reprobate mind He has also given this present day people over to the same. I challenge you as you reread the above scriptures to find just one thing which is not present in this day in which we now live.
Brothers we are in great danger of being left behind at Jesus' appearing. Many, many brothers have taken their eyes off of both God the Father, and Jesus in this day.
They find themselves accepting of many of the above abominations listed in the these verses.
I will say once again that we must now more than ever before be diligent in our service too, and our daily walk with Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.
You must not walk in todays so called 'Political Correctness' trap.
This is a devise of satin himself to make you fill that you are an awful person if you speak the truth about someone who is walking in sin, and are encouraging you to join them. They profess to the world that it is no longer acceptable for you to disagree with them, or to be different from them.
We are required by our faith in the Father, and the Son to be different from the world. Remember that we are not of this world, but rather are in this world to do God's work. We are not to be like this lost world.
Brothers, we as Christians in this day, which is our preview to the days of the tribulation period, must be willing to be called what ever name that this lost world wish's to call us. Even when, (not if but when,) they pass a law against not being politically correct, and we are imprisoned for doing so. We must be willing to be sent to prison, or yes even death. Christ Jesus died for us, and we must be willing to die for him.
Just as the disciples of Jesus were. The Christians who are left behind during the tribulation period will suffer.
We also must decide now that we will walk Christ like in this life, and that we will not call good evil or evil good as the present day world will require us to do.
Would Jesus be like these people of today? Absolutely not!
He would correct them at every turn, and so should we brothers. Our job is to serve Him, and teach the truth of God's Holy Word not only by speaking it, but also by living it. We are to walk Christ like, and do, and say what Jesus would say.
Brothers, we as Christians are to call sin sin. We are not to accept their interpretation of right and wrong.
No, we have God's Holy Word, and we are to speak it, live it, and walk in it each and every day.
Please don't be taken in by these pretty lies that this lost world is selling you.
Any and all actions which are taught by this world that do not recognize Jesus as Lord and Savior, are straight out of Hell!!
Yes brothers, I said Hell. Even that place is denied by this world, and most Christians of this day never hear this very real place talked about even from the pulpit of the sanctuary's which they worship in.
Brothers, a mentor of mine in my early years as a young Christian who was still in need of milk as I was not yet a mature Christian. He would say that those Christians who came to have their ears tickled, (meaning only nice words spoken about the people of this day and this country), should get up and leave now because this was not what God had told him to say to them.
Brothers, this is not what God has told me to say, and it is not what He is telling you to say.
Never be afraid of saying what God has said. Ask your self if you are willing to stand up for God, and even die for him. You may have to make that decision very soon.
"DANGER AHEAD", my friends, and is already here.
God bless you my brothers, and please show your brothers, your neighbors, and even those family members the error of their ways. God had them listed above. Go back and reread them.
HVM - C10516