Have you noticed the ramping up of blasphemy in these last few years, and even months? It seems like there are cliques gathering just to see how far they can push the envelope. I’m finding them more on facebook. Someone will throw out a status denouncing God as a hater and pointing to some fringe group like the Westboro Baptist Church as their proof. The Westboro Baptist Church is the notorious church that carries billboards denouncing whoever doesn’t agree with them as the objects of God’s hatred. They have even disowned some family members for straying too far from the reservation. These are not of God.
“Know this first of all, that in the last days mockers will come with their mocking, following after their own lusts, and saying, ‘Where is the promise of His coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all continues just as it was from the beginning of creation.’”(2 Peter 3:3-4) As I watch this phenomenon become more pronounced with even those very close to us, I’m seeing a certain part of the passage above be brought out in relief: “following after their own lusts.”
Those who are “hell bent” on living a life the Bible clearly condemns as sin are on the forefront of seeking to discredit the Word of God. Along with it, those who believe it is God’s Word to mankind. The Bible calls sex before marriage “fornication.” The Bible calls extramarital affairs “adultery.” These are condemned in the Bible as sin. Across the board in the Bible, homosexuality is not only condemned as sin, but as sexual perversion.
Paul was in prison in Rome when he penned the following. Many other Christians would soon be fed to the lions for sport because those in Rome weren’t very tolerant of those who acted upon God’s Word. He still wrote them. God loved enough to die to bring opportunity for the lost to escape eternal damnation. Paul loved enough to die to bring the gospel to those who would kill him. Many others faced the lions. Still there are those who persisted in mocking.
“Therefore God gave them over to in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, so that their bodies would be dishonored among them. For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error. And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper, being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil, full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice, they are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, without understanding, untrustworthy, unloving, unmerciful; and although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them.”(Romans 1:24-32) The remedy: “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”(1 John 1:9)