Day 14: Reprobate

Romans 1:28-32 :

Even as they refused to have God in their knowledge, God gave them up to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not fitting; being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, malice; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil habits, secret slanderers, backbiters, hateful to God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, unforgiving, unmerciful; who, knowing the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but also approve of those who practice them.

Well, if you aren’t feeling sinful yet, you will be after you learn about the Gospel. The Gospel isn’t good because it makes you happy with yourself. I believe it is impossible to fully appreciate the good news of the Gospel unless you are aware of the bad news and the truth is, we are born evil. You should be able to find your natural sin in this list somewhere, I know I do. We don’t practice these things as Christians anymore, of course, but that is where we were before we were saved.

Mankind is on a one-way trip to Hell and if it isn’t obvious to us we should read this list again. Take special note of “strife, deceit” and “evil habits.” I think that covers quite a few of the overlooked sins. What about “secret slanderers” and “backbiter?” That probably hits home to a few more people.

The Bible clearly says that “those who practice such things are worthy of death.” That’s bad news, but it’s the truth about our condition before we are saved. God has never overlooked anyone’s sin because to do that would be terrible injustice against the ones being sinned against. It also would completely violate his righteous character. There is only one solution to sin and that is punishment. It cannot be avoided. The punishment had to take place.

That’s why the good news of Jesus taking our punishment for us is good news. We have been saved from that which we deserve and given what we don’t deserve.