“Anyone who takes his faith seriously and speaks in behalf of Christ and His kingdom will be accused of fanaticism at some point.” R C Sproul
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions.” Romans 1:26
Paul begins his letter to the Romans by showing that a universal problem necessitates a universal message. Because all have sinned, all are in need of Jesus Christ. He outlines the problem by noting in his opening chapter that God revealed Himself to man (w. 18-20), man rejected God (w. 21-23), and so God rejected man (w. 24-32). Three times Paul says that “God gave them up:” to idolatry and immorality (w. 24-25), to homosexuality and lesbianism (w. 26-27), and to all manner of evil and judgment (w. 28-32).
God punished the human race by giving the human race what it wanted. People wanted idolatry and God let them have their idols. People wanted immorality, and God granted them their wish, etc. God punishes by letting people have what they want. The wickedness that permeates the world flows from the desire of man, not God. Because of their rebellion and hardness of heart, God punished them by granting them their desire. God punished wickedness with wickedness.
You are never closer to standing outside the possibility of redemption than when you insist that God give you what you want. If God grants you the desire of your heart and that desire runs counter to His revealed will, you are not experiencing His goodness, but rather His wrath. Never ask God for what you already know He does not want you to have.
1 Chronicles 28-29 John 9:24-41 (New King James Version)
1 Chronicles 28-29
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