"For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith. For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.
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: 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. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, 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.
Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: 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. 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: 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.
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; being filled with all unrighteousness, 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, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: 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." Romans 1:16-32
This month we are discussing the three give ups of God as detailed in Romans Chapter 1. These Scriptures give insight into the cause of the decay of civilization and what is happening in this country and around the world.
Basically, what we are seeing is the slow and steady continuation of the corruption of mankind that began in the Garden of Eden eons ago. Since that time mankind has been slowly mutating into a creature that is totally corrupt and the opposite of what was created in the beginning by God. The very nature of man is becoming perverse, cruel, selfish, hateful and abusive.
Years ago, well-known teacher and speaker Derek Prince said that man’s nature can be compared with that of a fresh, ripe peach that is flawless and beautiful to look at. Brother Prince said that if that peach is left out in the air for a number of days you will see it begin to slowly decay, and within a week or two that beautiful fruit will rot and stink up the whole room. The nature of man is exactly the same and the life of God is the only thing that preserves man. When man became detached from God, his nature began to decay and his identity was lost. Detached from the Creator, man began to stumble through this world as a lifeless, limited creature bound to his own senses -- sight, sound, taste, smell and touch.
Decay: 1) The process of gradually becoming inferior; 2) To pass gradually from a sound, prosperous, or perfect state, to one of imperfection, adversity, or dissolution; 3) To waste away; to decline; to fail; to become weak, corrupt, or disintegrated.Trapped in soulish life, he wandered through this world looking for acceptance and identity, but without God his nature began to slowly mutate and corrupt until his mind was affected by the corruption and his nature became that of a beast. This is what we see discussed in Romans, Chapter 1, vs. 16-32.
Verse 21 states that mankind becomes decadent because God is not glorified in the lives of human beings and as a result vain, empty imaginations begin to fill the void created when God’s presence is gone. Because mankind refuses to submit to God he will try and create other gods to worship just as the Israelites did when they came out of Egypt. They constructed a golden calf to worship because they did not want to submit to the true and living God.
Since we now live in the Age of the Holy Spirit, idolatry is no longer primarily external, but now it has become internalized and processed through the chambers of the fallen, decadent Adamic mind. This is why the scripture speaks of vain imaginations and the vanity of the mind. Verses 22 and 23 in Romans, chapter 1 reveals the results of this vain attempt to disallow God into our lives, idolatry. Since mankind has refused to allow God to be his only source for life and the only being that we worship, he has sought to displace God with false gods like the horoscope, new age gods, false religions, false Christianity, sports, drugs, drinking, pornography and every other imaginable act of rebellion. The final result is the first give up of God, uncleanness and the dishonoring of our bodies with one another, i.e. oral sex, anal sex, fornication, masochism, sadism, pedophilia, etc...
As the corruption continues in the soul of man truth becomes harder to bear. He begins to seek out lies to comfort his fallen state and the truth is hated above anything else on earth. Man will then begin to deify himself and worship himself instead of God in order to justify his rebellion and escape the fact that there is a God in heaven who holds the power of life and death in His hands!
When man is bathed in self-love he slowly begins to love that which is like himself resulting in the second give up of God, the vile affections leading to homosexual desires. Romans 1:26-27 reveals the catastrophic results that happen when we become detached from God and absorbed in ourselves. Men begin to burn in their lusts one for another and they leave the natural use of the woman to engage in perverse, filthy behavior with each other.
Right now we are seeing the homosexual and lesbian culture rising to the forefront. They believe that they have enough power to take over the world and make everyone else accept their perverse lifestyle as normal. Now we hear the unceasing demand for equal rights for homosexuals, diversity, tolerance, outlawing hate speech, accepting gay marriage. They even want to clone children because sodomites cannot reproduce them. Now the second give up is past and the third give up is occurring even as I write this newsletter.
As Paul taught in Romans 1:28-32, the final give up is the reprobate mind. You should also notice that the last give up of God is not so much a giving up at all but a “giving over” to a reprobate mind. This is the mind of the castaway that cannot be saved or brought back to a normal state of sanity. The reprobate mind is the mind of Satan taking over the human mind and making the human completely subservient to the universal Satanic will. This is the mind that influenced Nazi Germany in the 1930’s and 1940’s through Adolf Hitler. It is inhuman, brutal, murderous, treacherous, unfeeling, insensitive, hateful, and perverse. It despises God and those that choose to serve Him. This is the mind that is being revealed throughout the world as these three give ups of God take hold on the human race.
The very essence of what we are is rooted and grounded in relationship with God through our Lord, Jesus Christ. Without that relationship mankind slowly mutates into a worthless, filthy animal as corruption and reprobation sets in. We should be beautiful peaches, but instead the stench of decay is filling the earth and destroying human life everywhere. Satan’s answer is religion and servitude to man-made institutions. Religion can be compared to a refrigerator in that you can place the decaying peach within it, but it will never stop the process of decay, only slow it down. Friends, when decay begins, it is an irreversible process.
We are entering the final stages of mankind’s existence on this planet and to that I say, “Amen!!” If allowed to continue, life on earth would become increasingly more unbearable until we would be driven insane by the corrupting influences around us. We only need to look around us to see that this is already happening.
Many of you are beginning to feel that the time is drawing very near and it’s time to make some tough decisions about your lives; to change your focus as far as what is really important to you. Yet whatever you do, let that focus be on what is really important to God. I don’t preach a message of hopelessness and desperation, but in these troubling times I do believe in being realistic.
We are preparing for the end of the age and the return of the Lord Jesus Christ. It is important for us to focus on saving souls and warning those that are lost before they are swept away into eternal damnation. I believe that the Lord uses these monthly newsletter messages to get you to think more soberly about what is occurring here in the United States and around the world; to prepare you for the many challenges that lie ahead.
We cannot afford to be ignorant of Satan’s tactics and strategies because he has identified us as his enemies and he wants to see us destroyed. Mankind is being slowly corrupted because of the Satanic nature which has been introduced into the soul of man. It has been allowed to grow and fester like a cancer until all of humanity is rotten and the stench becomes unbearable to God.
Jesus said that “we are the salt of the earth.” (Matthew 5:13) We are the preservative for all of mankind and the only hope that they have. We must be sanctified and available to the Lord for His purpose.
The final give up is here, the reprobate mind. God’s response to the reprobate mind can be found in Romans 12:1-2:
“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
We must not be conformed to this world, but transformed in our minds to be witnesses in these last days. It’s the only hope the world has.
Until next time, Maranatha and be encouraged.
"And be not ye like your fathers, and like your brethren, which trespassed against the LORD God of their fathers, who therefore gave them up to desolation, as ye see." II Chronicles 30:7