Our Problem is ‘godlessness’

People are asking, “What is wrong?” The answer is simple, ‘godlessness.’ 

“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of people who suppress the truth by their unrighteousness, 19 because what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20 For since the creation of the world his invisible attributes—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen because they are understood through what has been made. So people are without excuse. 21 For although they knew God, they did not glorify him as God or give him thanks, but they became futile in their thoughts, and their senseless hearts were darkened. 22 Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for an image resembling mortal human beings or birds or four-footed animals or reptiles. 24 Therefore God gave them over in the desires of their hearts to impurity, to dishonor their bodies among themselves. 25 They exchanged the truth of God for a lie and worshiped and served the creation rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.” Romans 1:18-25 NET2. 

Yes, I am a Conservative Fundamentalist in terms of who I am in Christ and in theology. This statement goes beyond the definition of ‘Evangelical’ because most Evangelicals wish to be ‘tolerant’ of many things that are not seen as absolute truths in the Word of God. Most agree that evangelicals and fundamentalists are different in some perspectives. Evangelicals are a broad group of Christians, but there are some who are much more conservative than others, while fundamentalists are more so than some. They are mostly politically conservative and take a literal interpretation of the Bible. It is said some Evangelicals have a much wider range of political views than others, and absolute values are more important to some, but not so much with others. Not all of Evangelicals are conservative politically nor theologically; this is the Great Divide.  The belief that the Bible is inerrant is fundamental for conservatives, but the method of ‘becoming a Believer’ is not clearly defined across the board. Therefore, defining an Evangelical is not so easy.

With this in mind we must come to grips with what the Apostle Paul writes in Romans 1, “For since the creation of the world his invisible attributes—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen because they are understood through what has been made. So people are without excuse. 21 For although they knew God, they did not glorify him as God or give him thanks, but they became futile in their thoughts, and their senseless hearts were darkened. 22 Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for an image resembling mortal human beings or birds or four-footed animals or reptiles.”

He is adamant here, “people are without excuse” before God if/when they do not recognize Him as Holy for in not recognizing Him as God they are ‘in darkness.’  In verse 21 Paul writes, “For although they knew God” seems to indicate their knowledge of Him was not a personal encounter with Him, but rather but an acquaintance with Him; a passive understanding at best. These people were not actively engaged with God. In other words they seemed to be ‘godless’ because “they did not glorify Him as God or give Him thanks, but they became futile in their thoughts, and their senseless hearts were darkened.”

Most people in our world, not just America, are in darkness for they do not know God’s Son, Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. The absolute values as described in Scripture have no importance for most people for their desire is tolerance at all levels of life. Tolerance for everything and everyone to be whatever they wish as they seem to feel at the moment. This can only be seen and understood as unrighteousness, godlessness. “Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of immortal God for an image resembling mortal human beings or birds or four-footed animals or reptiles.” The operative word here might be, ‘they became fools,’ ungodly fools might I add.

It is obviously true that people everywhere are looking for truth as defined not by the Word of God, but as they experience life. Experiences in everyday life define truth for them; not the Word of God. Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you have known me, you will know my Father too. And from now on you do know him and have seen him.” John 14:6-7. He alone is Truth and all other knowledge found outside of His Word is a lie for His Word gives foundation for all truth as explained in the world. If anything is found to be true the foundation for that truth comes from God alone for He is the Creator of all things and nothing that was made was made without Him.

Yes, indeed, we have serious problems all around and God has the solution for each one, but the greatest dilemma of all is godlessness. The solution is found in Jesus Christ alone for He is God. 

Paul writes concerning Scripture, “But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith that we preach), 9 because if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes and thus has righteousness and with the mouth one confesses and thus has salvation. 11 For the scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.” Romans 10:8-11. There is no excuse before God to deny Him.

Jesus is Lord.

About Bob Williford

Conservative Southern Baptist pastor, missionary, and personal evangelist. An avid supporter of Texas Tech Athletics. Enjoy oil painting, writing and woodworking. My wife, children, and grandchildren are my joy. Reading and writing are great for relaxing......
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