A Reprobate Mind

Today I want to focus on what the Bible calls a reprobate mind. I take my text from Romans Chapter 1.

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; Romans 1:28

I hope that you are able to grasp the seriousness of what this verse says. A reprobate mind is a mind abandoned to wickedness and eternal destruction without hope of pardon.

It is important to notice that those who reject the knowledge of God are given over to a reprobate mind by God. This means that in essence God has said, you won’t listen to me, so I am going to let you have what you want, and you will suffer the consequences. There will be no remedy for you.

People can reach a point of no return in their rebellion against God. This will seem harsh to some of you, but a person can come to a point where /God will no longer deal with his heart in an effort to draw him unto Himself. Listen to what God has to say in Proverbs 1:24-31:

Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded; But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof: I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh; When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you. Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me: For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD: They would none of my counsel: they despised all my reproof. Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices.

God calls out to mankind as a whole and He calls out to each of us individually. He stretches out His hand to those in trouble. He is there to help those who will come to Him. Rather than listen to His call and see His hand, most people will set at nought His counsel and refuse to listen to His reproof.

There is a serious warning in this passage that we would do well to heed. We are warned that rejection of God and His precepts will result in God laughing and refusing to hear cries for help. Once people have reached this point, they can seek Him but they will not be able to find Him.

This passage fits perfectly with what we find in Romans Chapter 1. It says they hated knowledge and our text says “ they did not like to retain God in their knowledge.”

God makes Himself known to mankind through His Word and through His preachers. He uses the same sources to call people to righteousness. When God’s precepts are rejected the consequences are horrible.

The recent Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage has put sodomy on the front page. Of course they don’t call it sodomy because that would be politically incorrect.

Political correctness keeps the truths about the bad effects of sodomy out of the news. The media doesn’t talk about how many children are harmed by sodomites. It doesn’t talk about the AIDS/HIV problems since it learned that it is most prevalent among those involved in same-sex relationships. Here are some facts concerning AIDS/HIV in America that the media doesn’t talk about:

  • There are 1.2 million people in America living with an HIV infection.
  • Almost 13% of them don’t even know they have it.
  • Homosexual and bisexual men, especially black men, are the most infected.
  • Most new HIV infections are among our youth between ages 13 and 24.
  • It costs 12.1 billion dollars to treat the 40,000 new cases of HIV in the US annually.
  • Homosexuals have more mental health issues than heterosexuals.
    • The evidence shows that this is not due to social condemnation of homosexuality.
    • There is no difference concerning mental health issues where homosexuality is accepted and where it is not.
    • A poll found that 70% of psychiatrist said they believed that the homosexuals’ problems were due more to personal conflicts than to social stigmatization.
  • A disproportionate percentage – 29% – of the adult children with homosexual parents had been specifically subjected to sexual molestation by a homosexual parent, compared to only 0.6% of adult children of heterosexual parents.
  • Homosexuals are much more promiscuous (have more sexual partners) than heterosexuals.
  • Homosexuals don’t reproduce, which means that it is not genetic.
  • No nation that has accepted homosexuality as normal has survived more than 100 years.

It is a shame that political correctness is keeping these harmful effects of sodomy from the public. If the public knew the truth, people would not be so quick to accept same-sex marriage.

Sodomy is not the only evil that is accepted as normal in America today. Since the passing of Roe vs. Wade, more than sixty million babies have been murdered before they were born. A lot is said about the need of abortion to protect the health of the mother. As usual, the left is making a straw man. More than 93% of the abortions in America have nothing to do with the health of the mother. Abortion is almost always about simply not wanting to have a child because it causes inconvenience.

Even when the doctors say the mothers life is in danger, it doesn’t mean that it is so. This is a very personal issue to me. I have a younger brother that I love very much. My mother was told by her doctor that another child would kill her. Shortly thereafter she found out that she was expecting my brother. She would have been about 30 at the time, and she was almost 92 when she died. My brother turned 65 last January. By today’s politically correct philosophy, I would not have my brother.

This abortion industry is just that, an industry. It makes its money by killing babies. It is interesting that when the baby is not wanted it is a foetus and when it is wanted it is a baby. It doesn’t matter what you call it, it is a human life, and to take that life is murder.

An unintended consequence of abortion is a callousness toward human life. The recent scandal concerning Planned Parenthood shows this callousness. It not only shows it on the part of those who are so casually talking about selling body parts, it shows it in those who are not outraged at the practice of harvesting these body parts. It is interesting that most of the media and left wing ideologues are more concerned about the rights of those being exposed than the facts of what they are doing.

In the news yesterday there was a story about a protected lion that was illegally killed by an American dentist. It is true that this is a crime and should be punished. It is true that we should be concerned about this kind of thing. If is sad, however, that this has brought more outrage in America that Planed Parenthood harvesting body parts from aborted babies.

In the Old Testament we see Israel offering their children on the altar of false gods. Today, in America, we see people offering their babies on the altar of pleasure. The pleasure of having a big house, a fancy car, expensive vacations, and promiscuity are more important to many that the life of a baby.

We have passed laws or had court decisions that attempt to keep God out of the public square. We can’t even mention God or Jesus Christ in our schools without a law suit from the ACLU. We can, of course, talk all we want about Allah and Islam. We can even force school children to say Islamic prayers, but don’t you dare ask them to say “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance.” On the left there is more outrage against the US motto, “In God We Trust” on the back of a police car than there is about killing babies to sell their body parts.

In our schools we are teaching our children the religion of evolution in the name of science. Evolution is a faith based belief because, when the facts are examined, there is absolutely no scientific evidence for evolution. We teach our children that everything is relative and there are no rules. We teach them that we are nothing more than advanced animals.

In light of all we are teaching our children, is it any wonder they are acting like animals. Animals kill those they don’t like. Animals have no moral values. One major animal characteristic that seems to be missing in many mothers today is the willingness to die for their children. The teaching of our society causes mothers to expect their children to die before they are even born so the mother can continue with her pleasures.

This article is about a reprobate mind. The fact that most Americans, especially those on the left, can’t see what these evils are doing to our society proves that they have a reprobate mind.

I want you to notice what God has to say about all these things.

Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Romans 1:24

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: Romans 1:26

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; Romans 1:28

Verse 24 tells us that God gives those who reject his precepts up to uncleanness. In other words, he allows them to follow their own lusts. Dishonoring their own bodies includes all sorts of sexual immorality. Documents have been discovered in the Department of Justice pushing the acceptable limits of sexual deviancy far beyond sodomy. They want to make things like paedophilia and bestiality legal. The documents include other deviant sexual practices, but the article I read did not say what they were.

Verse 26 tells us that God gives those who reject His precepts up to vile affections. Vile means wicked and affections means things that are loved. They love vile things so God allows them to have their way along with the consequences. The natural use of the woman is to bear children and guide the home. This is not politically correct, but it is what the Scriptures teach.

There are two ways that women change their natural use to that which is against nature. The first is through prostituting themselves, be it for money or pleasure. Women prostitute themselves for pleasure when they have sexual relations outside of marriage.

The second way women change the natural use of women is through lesbianism. The context of this passage also condemns men who have the kind of relations with men that they should naturally have with women. This is called sodomy.

Verse 28 tells us that God gives those who reject His precepts over to a reprobate mind. He allows them to do those things that are not convenient. The word “convenient” means suitable or proper. All of the things I have mentioned would fall into this category. Killing babies is not proper, sodomy is not proper, selling body parts of aborted babies is not proper, and putting God out of the public square is not proper.

Before I close, let me say that I love America. I still think it is the greatest country on earth. I don’t, however, allow this love to blind my eyes to what is happening. This nation has turned its back on God and is reaping the consequences.

How can I ask God to bless a nation that accepts sodomy knowing that He destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah for the same perversion? How can I ask God to bless a nation that offers its unborn on the altar of the god of pleasure knowing that He punished Israel and other nations for similar acts? How can I ask God to bless a nation that kills babies so they can sell their body parts? How can I ask God to bless a nation that has rejected His precepts and put Him out of public life?

Because America is doing all of these things I cannot ask God to bless her. I can, however, ask God to have mercy on America. I can ask Him to wake up this nation and bring revival. In America there are enough who claim to be Christians to make a real difference. The sad thing is that most of them are not committed enough to the one they call Lord to sacrifice for His cause. They are too concerned about being accepted, or about their own pleasure, to make the effort to do what is right according to God’s Word.

If those who call themselves Christians don’t repent and turn to God, I fear that all is lost. Our nation’s future is in the hands of those who claim to be God’s people. What will we do?

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