November 17, 2008

God's Wrath - Intro

I don't really know what keeps happening in the mornings but I can't seem to make time for my devotions. I'm actually really frustrated with myself. And today's passage is too deep and impacting for me to just blow through in 10 minutes of writing.

God's wrath is a scary thing. It's something that most churches aren't talking about. I'd love to have a pastor teach on the next several verses in Romans. Paul opens up a fairly detailed account of some real world sins and struggles we a face or see in our society today. The Romans and the church at Rome were involved in things that we are seeing people fall into today.

Romans 1:18 "For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth." God's wrath is real, and it is going to continue to be revealed in the ungodliness and unrighteousness of men.

Just a question, have you thought about the "rights" of gays in our society? Prop 8 in California is still in the news right now. That was a prop where a "yes" vote would stop gay marriage in CA. Without getting political, because that's not my point in this, from a spiritual stand point, have you thought about what rights gays should have? Should they have rights? Spiritually speaking, they are sinners living in sin. Verse 26 is going to show us that God "gave them up to dishonorable passions." And there are penalties for these acts.

We can not justify sin or begin to accept it. I do believe that God is love as well, (read all about his grace in my Ephesians entries) but God's wrath must be satisfied too. Sin is wrong and the wages for it is death. There is the gift of God, salvation. But without a turning from the sinful life, there is not hope but death eternally in Hell.

Praise God for His Grace and the Gift of Salvation that comes from hearing and believing.