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May 25, 2011
We receive a few comments here. Some are challenging, some are encouraging, some are funny and some are just sad. I shouldn't be surprised when I receive comments from people who do not want to hear what the Bible says. That is prophecy coming to pass.

1 Timothy 4:1-3 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; (2) Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; (3) Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth

This past Sunday night, our Pastor preached on this topic. His application was on the reprobate mind and how some will hear the preaching of the Word of God and reject it. He preached about how someone can only reject God for so long before God will give them over.
I have a slightly different thought. How, in the latter times, these seducing spirits will be a corrupting influence in society.
As we look around society, we see a minority of people affecting our rights. In fact, this minority represents less than seven percent of our society. However, they are a vocal small minority. Who is this small minority? The sodomites.
I am not one who will say that we should punish the sodomite or commit them to some mental institution. I do not believe the sodomite should be denied access to health care, equal access to jobs or promotions. In fact, in the general, day to day society, I do not believe they, as a group, should be treated any differently than anyone else who is guilty of fornication.
However, the Bible does speak clearly about how people got to the point where they could chose this abominable sin. God describes in a fair amount of detail, how one gets to the point where God will literally give them over to a reprobate mind.

Romans 1:19-25 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. (20) For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: (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. (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. (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.

Do you see the process here? First, God reveals Himself to all mankind. We are all born with a knowledge of God and a desire to seek and to serve Him. This is why it is so easy to guide a child into a saving knowledge of God and a life of service to God. This is the desire God puts into a child. However, the first step one takes down this road is rejecting God. This is compounded when parents place their children into a sociological morass called the public school. In the public school, Christ is only mentioned as a part of a swear word, as a study of mythology or when the Catholic persecutions are purported to be in the name of Christ (Christ never encouraged anyone to convert another by force or at the edge of a sword). Christianity is, in many schools, mocked and ridiculed by the evangelistic secular humanist and her religion: evolution.

As the child grows, having this seed of humanism planted in them and nourished, they begin to actually believe there is no God. Still, God continues to woo them. Every breath we draw is a gift from God. Every ounce of energy we use to walk through our day is a gift from God. God could certainly demand and even force the worship of every breathing soul. That is not what God wants. That would be akin to a man saying he wants love then forcing himself on a woman. That would be anything but love. God does want our worship, but He also wants our love. The saints of God (see Saint Randy... for an explanation of who is really a saint), those who are genuinely saved, are also the bride of Christ. Would anyone really want an unwilling bride who does not love her groom? Of course not! Christ is wooing the lost person to come into the fold. Still there is a point when Christ must walk away and give that lost person over to their reprobate mind.

As one continues to grow in stature and age and continues to accept the gifts God gives, they may also continue to reject God. As they reject God they will move deeper into the depths of sin, their imaginations become vain and sin continues to darken their heart until there is a day when God realizes He cannot work with this person any longer. They have, in their own minds, changed an incorruptible God into nothing more than an idol. I believe God, in sadness, finally realizes this person is lost and will never accept Christ. With supernatural sadness, God gives up. God stops wooing this person. Until that point, their fall into sin has been restrained by the protections of the Spirit of God, held up by the wooing of God. But when God gives up, the free-fall begins. Puffed with knowledge, these people claim to be wise. True wisdom is only in the one who fears God. No matter how many degrees one may have, or what level of skill he has attained, the one who rejects God is a fool.

Having no restraint in their sin from the Holy Spirit of God, this person now plummets into depths of sin he never before imagined. Soon, he finds he has sinned against himself.

Romans 1:26-32 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; (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.

Both men and women who find God has given up on them will quickly succumb to the lies of the devil whose only goal is the destruction of your flesh so he may then destroy your soul. Those who are given over will find themselves in vile affections: men lying with men and women with women. Yes, the lifestyle of a sodomite is one of the results of God giving up on you. This one will also receive a fit recompense for their error. Recompense simply means to compensate or to pay. Sodomy, and its consequences, is a payment for rejecting God. Sodomy is only one in a list of traits which may identify the one in whom God is not working. The list is a long one which includes: fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity, whisperers, Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, implacable and unmerciful. These are all sins and are all on par with sodomy.

All of the sins listed in that last paragraph are the fruit or the result of God giving up on you. However, they are all sins on par with each other. They are also all sins which can be committed by anyone. As you read this today, you may feel a little tug in your heart. Don't reject it. That may be the Holy Spirit of God wooing you. Don't say no. It may be the last time God reaches out to you before He gives you over. Will you heed that call in your heart today. You see, even if you are in the most vile of sin, God may still be calling you. Because you are even reading this proves that God is still working in your life. You may pretend to mock, but yet you are here reading what the preacher has to say and, more importantly, reading the Word of God. To turn from your sinful nature and accept Christ is a simple step to take. Will you take that step today? Click here to learn how to be saved.