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. Romans 1:24-32 (KJV)
The therefore-wherefore. For which reason, by which reason. Again, the Roman chain.
We’ve connected the entire thought of this passage with the preceding ones. And successive chapters build on this one.
Following what we learned yesterday, we now are seeing the benefits and results of Darwin’s Warm Little Pond. By taking away the gratitude for God, the thankfulness of God, we moved to not acknowledging him, then imagining ourselves to be wise.
Then imagining ourselves to be mighty.
Right now we are worshipping ourselves and each other.
The next step is literal idolatry. Not spiritual idolatry, but the literal carving of idols which we will buy, take home, and pray to. You know, like St’ Michael or St. Francis or St. Jude, or Ganesh, or Ba’al, or Dagon, or…
The verses above cannot be read out loud on the radio in some countries, and are deemed “hate speech”. What it means in this case is that the unregenerate mind has reached a point in Western countries where they hate a God they do not believe in – which proves they really do believe in God, because they hate him.
5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; Exodus 20:5 (KJV)
7 And the LORD thy God will put all these curses upon thine enemies, and on them that hate thee, which persecuted thee. Deuteronomy 30:7 (KJV)
1 Let God arise, let his enemies be scattered: let them also that hate him flee before him. Psalm 68:1 (KJV)