|Vol. VI Number 12||March 24, 2002|
23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
The wages of sin is death! We live in a world that preaches that sin is good. We live in a world that tells us that adultery, fornication, abortion, murder, suicide, depression, covetiousness, and any other evil sin is the norm of society. Take a look at each of these sins and also look at the consequences of each.
17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.
18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;
19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.
20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world 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 that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.
24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:
25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.
28 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 convenient;
29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,
30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:
32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.
Idolatry is very still prevalent in the world today in the form of hero worship, love of money, and the adoration of the entertainment stars. What happens when these idols fail? You hear all of this talk about roll models and such. What kind of roll model participates in open adultery? Is this something that you want to emulate? Only the worship of the one and true God will achieve anything for you, whereas following these idols will always fail.
In today's society it is called an alternative lifestyle, but the reality is an increased infection of AIDS which is a living death.
How many have felt the sting of the back stabber when he is sticking you in the back with his lies and deceits? It really hurts when the pain is inflected, but isn't that the way of the world today?
|Haters of God||
How many have you seen who are angry at God and conversely hate God? Their anger nalls at them causing a greater depression for them.
Malicious ill will toward your fellow human being, using lies and deceit to hurt someone else. These people are always trying to hide their despiteful deceit.
Pride is now considered a thing of honor by the world and many are especially proud of their wickedness.
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