The cultural situation has escalated and will continue, perhaps at an exponential rate, unless some adjustments (changes) are made. The problems in the United States (actually un-united) are not particularly political; they are primarily cultural. I wrote a book, The Dominant Culture: Living in the Promised Land, and although very few people have read the book, it explains cultural differences by means of principles, which are universal and timeless. However devastating devils may be, they have one thing in common. God explains:
And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things, which are not fitting… (Romans 1:28).
This is a reference to the effect of sin on the mind. You may have heard the doctrine in terms of, “noetic effect of sin.” Rather than waste my time writing what very few people may read, I’ll just copy and paste my research notes on Romans 1:28.
Verse 28 is the capstone of Paul’s argument for the universal reign of sin, but there is a connection to the previous verses as well as the verses that follow.
It summarizes the path that all men follow if they do not have a rational knowledge of God.
“They did not like to retain God in their knowledge”
Literally – “they did not test God in their knowledge
They did not prove God in their knowledge
They did not examine God in their knowledge
It was not their pleasure to have God in their knowledge
Paul still looks back to the Garden of Eden to find the root problem of man’s sin and the corresponding wrath of God. It was a covenant relationship made by God with man.
The knowledge of God in the mind of men is the haunting punishment for the sin of idolatry.
Vs. 19 – that which is known about God is evident
Vs. 20 – the mind of man has seen the power and divinity of God.
Vs. 21 – They knew God
The inescapable fact for all humanity is that God must be pressed out of the mind. Dr. Gerstner used the Edwards language to describe how human beings cope with the wrath of God that is ever present in their minds. The word Edwards uses is diversions.
Diversions are simply distractions. These diversions are the only relief available for the sinner. (buy something, go to sports event, go on vacation, look at TV, or maybe even going to church)
The godless state of mind is always in a state of stupor, confusion, and ever contradicting itself. The insanity of the godless culture is so apparent in our day. (Theological – family – education – judicial system – politics)
Not to mention a hodge podge of world views communicated to the eyes and ears of infants through adulthood.
secularism – consumerism – humanism – pragmatism
relativism – hedonism – egalitarianism -statism – individualism
The most undesirable thought to the human being is God, indisputably sovereign, all powerful, all knowing, ever present and unchangeable.
The unregenerate man may not like to retain a knowledge of God, may not cherish that knowledge, but rather suppresses it. The unregenerate man does not consider God worthy of his time and attention.
Verse 28 sets before us the path that all men follow if they do not have Jesus Christ and the corresponding retribution that “God gave them”.
This refrain is the chorus that Paul sings over and over again.
Vs. 24 – “God gave them over to the lusts of their hearts”
Vs. 26 – “God gave them over to degrading passions”
Vs. 28 – “God gave them over to a debased mind”
The verb is identical in each verse. To hand over or to deliver up. Matt 10:4 – Judas Iscariot, the one why betrayed Christ.
Literally _ God gave them what they wanted – what their will was inclined toward
KJV – reprobate mind
NKJV – debased mind
NAS – depraved mind
NIV – depraved mind
RSV – a base mind
New English Bible – depraved reason
A worthless mind
A reprobate mind is one that has rejected God so God’s judgment falls upon the center of the soul – the mind.
People are fundamentally unable to think about God and his nature and character. God is the source for all ethical and moral comprehension. (A person in this condition is said not to have a conscience.)
We have to ask ourselves these questions:
Is the knowledge of God a pleasing thought?
Do we want to seek to know everything about God?
Do we take pleasure in being ignorant of God?
Do we believe that Jesus Christ will renew the worthless mind?