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Why Would Anyone Be Happy in Sin?

June 3, 2004


Romans 1:28-32

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


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 doe the same, but have pleasure

in them that do them.

I often wonder how people can just deny who God is and what He is

capable of doing. As I was reading this passage, the point that Paul made was

that as folks continue to do things contrary to God, He would grant them

the mindset that whatever they could think to do, they would do. These

verses seem to say that once God grants this way of thinking, then these acts

are OK. They are not and as we read Romans 2, Paul spells out the

consequences of these actions.

The enemy uses this message to say that once God gives a person up to

this mindset, that they should be happy and enjoy the moment. However,

being "happy" in sin is fleeting. In Romans 2, Paul reminds us that these

behaviors are inexcusable and God will judge accordingly. We cannot

escape God's judgment. We must pray for ourselves and others, such that none

of us fall into this condition. We know that "Happy is the man that

hunger and thirst after righteousness, he shall be filled". Pray that God

will wake up that hunger in all mankind and we can be happy in salvation.

Be Encouraged

Martin A. Rayner

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