The Righteous Judgment of God

 

          “who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them” (Romans 1:32).

          The unbelief which arises from a harden heart is solemnly addressed in Scripture. It is no laughing matter. It is an eternal travesty when a person has so little and so low regard of God and His righteous judgment that he cultivates a debased mind, practices the vile evils God plainly condemns, and approves of those who also practice them.

          Wickedness and the love of it grow as noxious weeds in a spiritually fallow heart in which there is no fear of God (Psalm 36:1). Such a person “flatters himself in his own eyes when he finds out his iniquity and when he hates. The words of his mouth are wickedness and deceit; he has ceased to be wise and to do good. He devises wickedness on his bed; he sets himself in a way that is not good; he does not abhor evil” (Psalm 36:2-4).

          Clearly, suppressing the truth in unrighteousness (Romans 1:18), being unmoved by the knowledge of God’s righteous judgment (Romans 1:32)—in which the Lord Jesus will take vengeance in flaming fire on those who do not know God and those who do not obey the gospel (2 Thessalonians 1:7-8), and/or hypocritically condemning others who imitate your wicked practices while believing yourself exempt from God’s wrath (Romans 2:1) is not the right or wise way to live on this earth. Fearing God and keeping His commandments (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14) is.

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