Excerpt from Rex’s Sermon 3/19/2021
Continuing our study of Romans 1, verses 21-23 reads, “For although they know God, they neither glorified Him as God nor gave thanks to Him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles.”
As our Pastor Michael has said, “When people lack knowledge of God, it is because they have rejected the knowledge already received, which could have led them to God.”
Second Thessalonians 2:10 says, “…They perish because they refuse to love the truth and so be saved.”
Need proof of this? According to a 2020 George Barna study, one in five Americans believe that “a higher power may exist, but nobody knows for certain.” Nearly half believe Jesus sinned and over half see the Holy Spirit as just a symbol.
This is where self-imposed spiritual takes you. As stated previously, men do not reject the Bible because it contradicts itself (and it doesn’t). They reject the Bible because it contradicts them. It contradicts their willful rebellion. It contradicts their false man-made idols. It contradicts their sinful indulgences and wicked lifestyles. It contradicts the world of lies that they have sold out to.
Verse 22 says, “Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools.” Those God haters who profess to be wise are actually fools (Ps.14:1 and 53:1). The Greek noun for wise is sophos from which we get our word sophisticated, and for fools is moros, from which we get our word moron.
In other words, in the original Greek language, they become sophisticated morons.
I would be willing to bet that I am not the only person who had more than a few professors in college who fit this description. Man rationalizes his sin and proves his utter foolishness by devising and believing his own philosophies about God, the universe and himself.
The good news is that God saves us on the basis of what He does, not on the basis of what we do. By what some have called the “great exchange” our sins were debited to the account of Jesus, and His perfect righteousness was credited to our account. “God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Corinthians 5:21)).
This is without question or debate, the most valuable and precious gift anyone can receive in their lifetime. So put on your track shoes and run as fast as you can to Jesus.