Battle of the Mind - Part I of IV 'Christian Capability of All Sin'
Romans 1:20-32 should prove manís capability of what he can do against God. Romans 1:28 "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:"
I think it fitting to mention who this letter is being addressed to: Rome but before he ever visited the place. Therefore, Romans is a letter addressing the gospel without certain problems being faced. In all, Paul gave a powerful representation of Godís grace and righteousness. In Romans 1, Paul addresses the very real problem all man faces, sin. We are born with it and we will die because of it. Notice that Paul doesnít exclude anything when he is addressing the church.
The world demands God to be taken out of the picture. And because of this, we get Romans 1 fulfilled in real life in America. Simply read all the sinfulness of man without God and you will be amazed at how far we have strayed from God. If anyone says there is no God they are a fool. They only have to take a look at their own lives and realize that death is their reward for living.
As Christians, I think it is a must in our lives to always be aware of our life and where we stand with God. If we are totally honest, we will say, we stand at the bottom of a cesspool.. If we ever get to the point where we say Iím better than anyone else (which has happened) then we have fooled ourselves for who we really are. We are sinners, deserving of nothing but hell.
I have to be honest. I look at people who call themselves Christians and Iím disgusted. Sorry, that is what my heart feels. I see Christians of all types but rarely the true type. The author of Amazing Grace had it right on. "Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound, That saved a wretch like me...." He knew who he was inside and he hated it. Notice he didnít say, "that saved a wretch like I was." Even after we are saved...we are wretched. Until we hate ourselves for who we are then we cannot really be used by God.
Today I think weíve been desensitized towards sin. Romans 1:29-32 "being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil mindedness; they are whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful; who knowing the righteous judgement 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."
Hmmm...why do I feel like that fits the description of a lot of Christians? Myself included? Probably because I know in my heart that I am capable of all that has been. Paul is basically stating the heart of all men. We are born into sin. Sin is part of us whether we like it or not. No, I donít look at other guys with lust. Does that mean Iím incapable of doing something like that? Many people think that they are incapable. Paul says we are.
Verse 26-27 "For this reason God gave them up to vile passions, For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. 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."
Paul is addressing the Church, remember. He is not speaking to unbelievers. He is warning everyone of what man is capable of. Just because we get saved does not mean we are excluded from sin. Instead I have to believe we are that much more bombarded with sinful thoughts and ideas. Sometimes I canít believe people. They think Christians are this bunch of stuck up good people who donít associate outside of the Christian circle. Thatís probably because in truth, WE DONíT! We have turned our backs on what God says and we love the world the more. We shame and spit in the face of God with our actions. Instead of making ourselves vulnerable to Satanís attacks that come in so many ways when we do what is right and step out in faith, we instead take a step back, and complain and talk among our Christian friends. Hmmm...verse 31 "undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful..." Does it ring a bell in anyoneís ear yet? It does in mine and it should in every Christian because it is our nature.
God did not come to save the rich, did not come to save those upheld His laws, did not come to save those who professed in their hearts to be good and moral but instead, he came in love and grace to save the prostitutes, the homosexuals, the thiefs, murderers, haters of God...all those who had fallen so far that it seems to modern man and Christians alike that..."man he can never be saved! Heís wicked! He is not deserving. I wouldnít save a person like that!" In our minds we might even be going.... "Maybe itís best if he dies and goes to hell, yeah he deserves it."
I guess I can come up to you and say "Guess what? Why donít you go to hell? You deserve it."
Nobody but God can point a finger because we all deserve hell. As a Christian where do we stand? Are we focused on "I am saved so I donít have to worry" or "I am saved...but my heart is sorrowed by my wickedness..."
If we are in the first category, we have forgotten something. You see, Paul did not write Romans for no reason. He told the Christians plain and simple as a reminder, "Hey! Listen up. We are saved...but that does not mean we are better than anyone else." If we loose focus on where we are in this life...then we loose focus on God Himself. Always remember, as long as we are in this world, we are filled with wickedness and nothing but the grace of God holds us. I think we all need to remember that before looking at anyone else and thinking anything at all. When we look at another person, what should pop into our minds is, "Iím wicked just like him or her..."
Romans 7:14-15 "For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin. For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I."
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