On this leg of my journey I was given a very clear picture of who holds the truth period. We are given a very clear understanding of ungodliness and unrighteousness and of those who hold the truth in unrighteousness in these verses. It is also clearer to me that the reason the world is spiraling more out of control with the gay pride, x and y chromosome identity falsalations( a new word), people with low self- esteem revealing their bodies to the public to gain attention, people lying to keep their wrongdoings on the low, people preaching about godliness, yet living an ungodly life, church folk stabbing other church folk in the back, and people riding the immorality train thinking its a joy ride journey into God’s kingdom,(TYHS for that thought) etc. etc. ((((JESUS))))
Those are some serious creeping things attacking the body of Christ, His church, His people. It’s what Paul said, people “Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, 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.” (vs. 22-23) It is all about I-m-m-o-r-a-l-I-t-y – an I condition of the heart and mind that is fighting desperately to take over the unification of the body of Christ. That’s my new definition. 🙂 We are too consumed with “what’s in it for me” instead of what’s in it for God.
Perhaps the problem is that a lot of us fail to understand the meaning of ungodliness and unrighteousness. The top line truth is that a lot of us continue to have no fear of God. Let’s review spiritual definitions from various events that took place in the bible:
Ungodliness – an act of us rejecting God and our duties to God.
Unrighteousness- an act of us rejecting our duty to each other
Let me ask two questions- Is Satan moral? Do we as Believers/Christians understand what holding the truth in unrighteousness means? Two things came to mind: (1) Our heart and mind is similar to that of our Israelite ancestors, stiff-necks and hardened hearts. Some of us have become impatient with God coming down from His holy mountain, like the Israelite’s grew impatient with waiting on Moses. (2) Our refusal to obey the truth that is found in God’s commandments and in the Gospel of Jesus Christ gives way to immorality, i.e. ungodliness.
And it is because of the following ongoing moral issues (listed by Paul) that even today we are experiencing the wrath of God and many have been given “up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves”; (vs 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;
We need to be reminded that many created in the image of God continue to have:
changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator
vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: (having sex with animals, sex changes, women using paraphernalia that resemble a man’s private parts and using it with other women- TRUTH) 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 (inappropriate-immoral), and receiving in themselves that recompense (reward) of their error which was meet.
become filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,
behaved as backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:
This is very unbearable to me, I can only imagine how God feels that we -the very image of God, we -that have the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, we -who lie down and wake up because of God’s love and mercy for us, that we suppress the truth by our acts of unrighteousness. I’ve come to believe while on this journey that oppression exists because of us suppressing the TRUTH. Paul did such a heart wrenching job of reminding me in this chapter that even “church discipline” laws in many churches have been given over to the laws of man, not of God.
May the Lord help us remove the scales from our eyes, the stiffness from our necks and the hardness from our hearts. Father, we repent of our sins. I ask you Father in heaven to strengthen us to fight against the many battles of immorality living out its dream across this planet. I pray for our government and its leaders. I pray for those who have not come to know Jesus as their savior. I pray for those that have fallen under the curse of immorality, the schemes of the devil. Remove us from the punishment of having reprobate minds. Father, if we proclaim to know you, then those who are in you clearly have no excuse for living an ungodly and unrighteous life. I beseech you Father, please forgive us in Jesus name. This is my heartfelt prayer for all, Lord hear it. Amen.