September 11, 2005
The more I study and try to relate what I study, the more
I am convinced that the "secrets of God" are obtained
"one on one" with God, not man to man. Man to man
is a concession that man will not go to God to get it first
I believe that we are living in the latter days of which
the Bible speaks - it is a time of great apostasy and a
departing from God - a time of great wickedness and
not only the spirit of antichrist but the appearance of
the personage himself.
Daniel 12:1, 9-10
Before going to our lesson today from Romans 1:18-32,
I am going back to Daniel - (excerpts from uncovered
previous lessons - chapters 8-10 highlighted in red in
(See Daniel 7-12 - pages 7-12 if interested - they are not
highlighted - it is more of a study of Daniel than Romans)
v. 18 - When the Name of the Lord was proclaimed
before Moses - Exodus 34:5 - it was of One not
only "merciful and gracious, long-suffering, and
abundant in goodness and truth" but also
"that will by no means clear the guilty"
This last attribute is the same as what we mean
by the Divine wrath - this wrath is said to be
"revealed from heaven"
This truth is burned into the Bible from the
first to the last - that God is angry with sin -
"God will judge the righteous, and God is
angry with the wicked every day" - Ps. 7:11
"ungodliness and unrighteousness of men"
"men who hold the truth in unrighteousness"
"hold" - a firm hold, having but suppressing it
The suppression of truth and its conversion into a lie?
Light granted. Light rejected. Wrath revealed.
"Ephraim is joined to idols: let him alone"
"for this cause God gave them up" - vs. 24,26,28
vs. 19-20 - The gospel is not a revelation of wrath
but just the opposite.
Grace - Mercy - Forgiveness - Plenteous Redemption
"Today is the day of Salvation" - "Whosoever will
may come" - "Taste and see"
We have the light of God's written Word concerning
which the voice of nature is silent - Mercy of God -
a Saviour's redeeming love - Immortality - Heaven
God's Two Volumes - Psalm 19 - nature and Scripture -
Mr. Spurgeon said "My Father wrote them both"
"God hath shewed it to them"
Let us remember how God has assumed human
form in the Person of Jesus Christ, and enabled us
to know Him through the radiance of a perfect life!
Outwardly in nature - Inwardly in conscience
Beware lest we underrate the clearness with which He
has written his autograph on the laws of nature, and
on His chief product - man. GOD'S SIGNATURE IS
"without excuse" - willfully rejecting light -
THOUGHTLESSNESS - Dan. 9:13c - "that we
might turn from our iniquities and understand
No valid reason for their ignorance about the way
of salvation and path of duty - a fair description
of the human race is "they all with one consent
began to make excuse"
All men were originally endowed with a like
capacity of knowing God.
When men allow this endowment to atrophy
the next stage is moral degradation and is a
judicial consequence of the dishonor done to God.
The final stage is utter wickedness and
unnatural vice that is PREVALENT and
CONDONED in the boasting hearts of the
so called enlightened. How lightly thought of -
these passions of infamy! Foolish sit-coms -
As detailed in vs. 21-32!
The degradation of the heathen/a Divine judgment
The degradation of America/LIKEWISE
v. 21 - Belshazzar - Dan. 5:24c
"and the God in whose hand thy breath is, and
whose are all thy ways, hast thou not glorified"
vs. 22-23 - Downward evolution - Scripture ever
represents the human race as having fallen
and become degraded: not as having risen
gradually to any intelligent conceptions of God
The lie substituted for truth shunts man's behavior
to a descending plane which lands him in moral chaos
& ruin. "They that make the them (idols) are like
unto them; so is everyone that trusteth in them"
vs. 23-25 - Conversion of truth into a lie.
v. 28 - as they did not discern to have God in
their knowledge, God gave them up to an
"THEY DID NOT LIKE TO RETAIN GOD IN
The Jews rejected that heavenly light.
France rejected the light when it expelled the
Huguenots, the God-fearing portion of its population.
(my grandfathers on my mother's side were French
Huguenots - Chadouin - thus Shadoan)
Spain did the same when by the Inquisition it
exterminated all who dared to prefer the pure light
of the Divine Word to the darkness and superstition
rejected/unworthy of the prize
The role of UNBELIEF - Heb. 3:15-19
vs. 29-31 - sinners become reckless as well as reprobate -
disregard of restraints and obligations
From bad to worse - punished in their sins - not
reformatory but manifestedly judicial -
thanatos - death - the penal consequence of unatoned
sin - reprobate in mind - not done occasionally
under temptation but are habits of people's
lives - even condoned and approved - no
general protest or indignation in society
against the prevalent abominations.
*Abortion on demand is the spirit of antichrist
*The issues in the present vacuum of replacing
two justices on the Supreme Court is the spirit
*The flaunting of the gay rights movement is
the spirit of the antichrist
*The American Civil Liberties Union's attempt
to eradicate religion from the public is the
spirit of antichrist.
*Sunday Alcohol Sales in Christian County is
the spirit of antichrist
"wrath revealed from heaven" - Rev. 6:12-17