God’s Wrath on Unrighteousness

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, 19 because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. 20 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, 21 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. 22 Professing to be wise, they became fools, 23 and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man—and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things.

24 Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, 25 who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.

26 For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. 27 Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.

28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; 29 being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, 30 backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 31 undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful; 32 who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them. — Romans 1:18-32.

Sinful man is under God’s condemnation and God has revealed that He is wrathful towards sin. Man everywhere is without excuse, because even without knowledge of the gospel, God is discernible in the wonderful things He has made in nature. No one can say from a sincere heart that there is no God.

Man has rejected the God he knows to be there and to be good, and this has led to perverted worship and an increasing moral slide into corruption. This manifests itself in sexual immorality, idolatry, and the worship of corruptible created things instead of the incorruptible Creator. In turn, the sinfulness of man’s heart has led him further astray into homosexuality, debased minds, and a whole catalogue of evil doings that reads like an index to a criminal law textbook, or to a chapter in a sociology textbook about today’s social decay. When man rejects God, his worsening sinfulness becomes increasingly apparent as time goes on. When a person is determined to rebel against God and His righteous standards, God gives him up to his sins and gives him over to a debased mind. [Source: The Bible Panorama.]

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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