The Reprobate Mind

“The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem” wrote there is nothing new under the sun, “The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done” (Ecclesiastes 1:9). Over a thousand years later the Apostle Paul wrote to the Christians living in Rome of those in their midst whose rejection of God was being manifested for all to see by their ungodly behavior that would eventually lead to their eternal doom.

In the opening chapter of the Book of Romans after Paul introduced himself and wrote of his longing to visit Rome, he wrote of not being ashamed of the Gospel of Christ and how the just shall live by faith. It is then he turns his attention to those who were living ungodly in his present world and were holding the Truth of God in unrighteousness.

It was in the Garden of Eden man first rejected God, knowing Him but turning from the Truth of His Word and disobeying His command. Those who reject God eventually deny He is the Creator of the world, going so far as to deny what is clearly seen throughout the Creation as having only come from the hand of the Almighty, denying His eternal power and Godhead. Paul writes that they know of God while trying to deny His existence and do not glorify Him as God, thereby becoming unthankful, having wild imaginations, and a foolish heart that is darkened. In the process they profess themselves to be wise but become fools, worshipping the earth and the animals therein instead of the Creator, exchanging the Truth of God for a lie without fear of judgment. It is at this point God gives them up to their own desires, allowing them to dishonor themselves and bring destruction upon themselves. “And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient,” including fornication, wickedness, covetousness, envious, murder, debate, deceitful, haters of God, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, without understanding, covenant breakers, disobedient to parents, to name a few.  (Genesis 3; Romans 1:18-31)

Those who reject God and love darkness rather than light, with every imagination of the thoughts of their hearts being evil continually, “Who knowing the judgment of God… not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.” Almost 2,000 years since Paul penned those words under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit to the believers in Rome while ministering in the city of Corinth, “There is nothing new under the sun” in our world today.  (Genesis 6:5; John 3:20; Romans 1:32)

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The March for Life

The 46th Annual March for Life takes place on the Washington Mall in Washington, D.C. on Friday, January 18, 2019. Since 1973 when Roe v. Wade was determined to be constitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court in a 7-2 vote, approximately 60 million babies have not been granted their God-given right to life. The video, “The Sound of Abortion,” depicts in audio format the amount of life lost to abortion compared to the loss of life in each of America’s foreign wars. The number of human lives destroyed through abortion in America alone is staggering. God speaks of His hatred of “hands that shed innocent blood,” so much so, that whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.” He continues in Matthew 18:7, “Woe unto the world because of offences! for it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh! (Proverbs 6:16-17; Matthew 18:5-7). May America repent of this horrible scourge on our nation and cry out to God for His forgiveness.

Finding New Life in Christ

It’s the New Year… out with the old; in with the new. Time to assess where one has been and where one wants to go. Resolutions are made, diets are changed, and serious attempts at exercise begin once again. As much as these desires may be well and good as long as they last, and prove beneficial to some, there is a decision each individual who has not done so should make in the New Year that will provide not just temporary benefits, but an eternal benefit that will change one’s life forever.

As life can seem to become mundane and at times even dreary when the resolutions wear off as each New Year progresses, most try to find new ways to liven up their daily existence and keep things exciting, only to find emptiness in all their efforts. Their man-made attempts fall short of what God has revealed in His Word is needed to become a new creation, with old things in man’s present fallen state passing away and all things becoming new. In fact, not only will the old things that hinder one’s life pass away, and all things become new, but the new life God offers every man, woman, and child is an abundant life.

During Jesus’ parable of the Good Shepherd, He spoke of a thief that comes only to steal, kill, and destroy, but then said, “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly,” (John 10:10). The Apostle Paul, whose life was miraculously changed on the road to Damascus from a life pleasing unto Satan to a life blessed by God, wrote in Ephesians 3:20, “Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us.” In Paul’s earlier letter to the church at Corinth he wrote, “But as it is written,” referring to Isaiah 64:4 in the Old Testament written some 600 years prior, “Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him,” (1 Corinthians 2:9).

It is in Paul’s second letter to the church at Corinth, written some thirty years after his Damascus road experience, that he wrote concerning being able to shed the old things and all things becoming new. He wrote under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, “Therefore if any man be IN Christ, he is a new creature,” (2 Corinthians 5:17). Being “in Christ” is having admitted to God you are a sinner, acknowledging the death, burial and bodily resurrection of His Son, Jesus, paid for the sin of all who will call upon His Name, and surrendering one’s life to Him in obedience to His Word. Once one is “in Christ” the showers of His blessings will fall upon one’s life, along with God’s promise of eternal life with Him in Heaven, avoiding the wrath that is to come. (Romans 3:23; 5:8-9; 6:23; 10:9-13; Philippians 4:19)

An Ex-Mormon Finds Salvation in Christ Alone

Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to HIS Mercy HE saves us,” (Titus 3:5).

This riveting testimony by a former Mormon who found faith in Christ Alone while on his 2-year LDS missionary commitment gives the full richness of finding new life in Christ as revealed in the pages of God’s Holy Word. Micah Wilder’s efforts to convert others to Mormonism while in Florida found himself being converted to the True Gospel which is found only in the death, burial and resurrection of Christ alone for the forgiveness of sin, The blood of Jesus Christ HIS Son cleanses us from all sin,” (1 John 1:7). Micah now shares his passion for being Christ’s ambassador to “Go into all the world and preach the Gospel,” (Mark 16:15) through the ministry of Adam’s Road Ministry.

Keeping the LORD’S Day Holy

Upon the completion of rebuilding the wall of Jerusalem in fifty-two days under the leadership of Nehemiah, the former cupbearer of the King of Persia, Nehemiah became burdened concerning the activities taking place within the city on the Sabbath days. The city gates were open and people were coming and going all day long selling their wares, with customers buying what was made available for purchase. In celebration of the wall being completed, the people had gathered in the street before the water gate to hear Ezra, the priest, read the Book of the Law of Moses which included the command of GOD, “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy,” (Exodus 20:8; Nehemiah 1:11-2:6; 6:15; 8:1-6).

Nehemiah was very specific in his writings of the activities taking place on the Sabbath days: some were treading the wine presses, others were bringing in sheaves, donkeys were laden with wine, grapes, and figs, with all manner of burdens to be sold in the city. Included were men of Tyre bringing fish into the city, along with merchandise from the Mediterranean coast to be available for sale on the Sabbath Day. Nehemiah testified against the people of such activities taking place on a day that was to be considered holy.

Nehemiah also contended with the nobles of Judah, saying, “What evil thing is this that ye do, and profane the Sabbath day? Did not your fathers thus, and did not our GOD bring all this evil upon us, and upon this city? Yet ye bring more wrath upon Israel by profaning the Sabbath.” It was because of the disobedience of God’s people and His commands they spent seventy years in Babylonian captivity before King Cyrus permitted those who desired to return to Jerusalem to rebuild the city and the Temple (Ezra 1:1-3).

Nehemiah with deep conviction caused the gates of the city to be closed at sundown before the Sabbath and not to be reopened until after the Sabbath had ended. Nothing was permitted to come into the city on the Sabbath days. Nehemiah recorded, “So the merchants and sellers of all kind of ware lodged without Jerusalem once or twice. Then I testified against them… if ye do so again, I will lay hands on you. From that time forth came they no more on the Sabbath.” Nehemiah then commanded the Levites, those who were tasked with the maintenance of the Temple, to “come and keep the gates, to sanctify the Sabbath day,” (Nehemiah 13:15-22).

The True Source of JOY

Everyone longs for peace and contentment, a life full of joy and happiness. But many are looking in the wrong places for such joy: a bottle, a drug, a relationship, a career. The answer for finding true genuine Joy is only found in the pages of Scripture, for it is there one finds fullness of Joy everlasting (John 15:11).

“Let all those that put their trust in Thee rejoice: let them ever shout for Joy.” (Psalm 5:11a)

“Let them also that love Thy name be Joyful in Thee.” (Psalm 5:11b)

“Be glad in the LORD… shout for Joy, all ye that are upright in heart.” (Psalm 32:11)

“My soul shall be Joyful in the LORD: it shall rejoice in His Salvation.” (Psalm 35:9)

“My soul shall be satisfied… my mouth shall praise Thee with Joyful lips.” (Psalm 63:5)

“To the counsellors of peace is Joy.” (Proverbs 12:20)

“A man hath Joy by the answer of his mouth.” (Proverbs 15:23)

“It is Joy to the just to do judgment.” (Proverbs 21:15)

“For God giveth to a man that is good in His sight wisdom, and knowledge, and Joy.” (Ecclesiastes 2:26)

“Ask, and ye shall receive, that your Joy may be full.” (John 16:24)

“And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have My Joy fulfilled in themselves.” (John 17:13)

“We also Joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Romans 5:11)

“For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and Joy in the Holy Ghost.” (Romans 14:17)

“Now the God of hope fill you with all Joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.” (Romans 15:13)

“Whom having not seen, ye love; in Whom, though now ye see Him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with Joy unspeakable and full of glory.” (1 Peter 1:8)

“And these things write we unto you, that your Joy may be full.” (1 John 1:4)