Why Would Anyone Be Happy in Sin?
June 3, 2004
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.
Martin A. Rayner
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