First Steps Down a Dark Path
Sunday, August 21 2016 @ 06:00 AM CDT
Contributed by: John
Radio transcript for the week of August 21, 2016
John Allan speaks on "First Steps Down a Dark Path" on Seeking the Lost - International Radio.
- God’s Right to Judge
- Paul was ready to preach to Gentiles because Gentiles needed the Gospel (1:14-17).
- Judgment was coming. (1:18-19) God punishes because of unrighteousness. The Gospel must go where unrighteousness went. Sin is the problem.
- We’ll see as we continue in this passage that ignorance is no excuse. (Acts 3:17) These were without excuse because the evidence had always been available.
- The Evidence they Rejected
- Creation points to God. (1:19-20)
- Design demands a designer.
- The existence of this world points to something bigger.
- The Gentile nations had no excuse for their unrighteousness. Creation itself points to an intelligent designer. What a shame that people still look at our amazing universe and try to deny it was made by a Creator.
- How the Digression Begins
- They did not glorify God. (1:21)
- We should. (Matthew 5:16, 1 Corinthians 6:20)
- They weren’t thankful. (1:21; Colossians 3:17, 1 Thessalonians 5:18)
- Don’t you find it interesting that when we lose sight of gratitude we’re losing sight of God? (James 1:17)
- Paul wrote often about giving thanks. (1 Timothy 2:1, Ephesians 5:4, 5:20; Colossians 1:12, Ephesians 1:16, Colossians 1:3, 1 Thess. 1:2, 2 Thess. 2:13.
- Became futile in their thoughts. (1:21)
- Their foolish hearts were darkened. (References: Matthew 15:16, Mark 7:18, Romans 1:21, 31; Romans 10:19; Ephesians 4:18.)
- Additional references: Matthew 24:29, Mark 13:24, Luke 23:45, Romans 1:21, 11:10, Revelation 8:12, 9:2.
- What a blessing that God has revealed himself, and a shame that people turn away.
- Remember to glorify God and be thankful.
- When we lose sight of those things we’re starting down the path of unrighteousness.