Naked Truth (Part 2): Deterioration
This week: The Deterioration and God’s reaction to it: back to the Garden.
The writers of the New Testament affirm the standards God has always given. Paul gives a brief synopsis of how the world became such a mess in Romans 1:18-32.
Notice the progression of a culture that prizes sin. Romans 1:18–32
Romans 2:1 Romans 3:22–23 Romans 5:12
Right now, we all have a sinful nature the Bible calls the flesh, but there is a remedy.
Ephesians 2:1–6 (NIV) 1As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, 2 in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. 3All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. 4But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. 6And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus,
Most people who struggle with sexual sin do so as heterosexuals; however, the pressure in our culture is on to legitimize sin. Those who promote or accept homosexuality as a life style will say…
1. Who cares what Christianity says? The Bible is just a book written by men.
2. Why do you point out homosexual sin as terrible when so many Christians sin sexually, too?
3. The New Testament doesn’t actually speak about homosexuality.
4. These men were just speaking concerning their culture at the time. We live at a different time.
5. If it doesn’t hurt anyone, why do you care?
6. The Bible can’t be true because science has proven that you are born a homosexual, and you have no choice.
So what now? — Faith (produces obedience to the Lordship of Christ)
Steps: So what do I do now?
1. We place our trust in Jesus. He is Savior (from our sins) and Lord of His creation.
2. Take captive every thought. We do this individually and together. (2 Corinthians 10:3-5, Hebrews 3:12-13)
3. Think eternally rather than temporally. Your identify is not your sexuality, nor your race. You are a child of God through faith in Christ. (Colossians 3:1-4)
4. Feed on God’s word (John 15). Abide in Him, and you will bear spiritual fruit. (Romans 12:1-2)
5. Teach our children God’s way of doing things. (Deuteronomy 6:4-9)
6. We must remember the attitude we must have towards those who are confused, lost, or struggling. (Luke 9:54-56, Galatians 6:1-3)
Questions to ponder and discuss at home, or in Life Group:
Passages to look at: Genesis 3; Romans 1; 1 Corinthians 6; Ephesians 5:1-21
1. What did you hear that challenged you, encouraged you, or convicted you?
2. Describe what happens when what God has designed is misused, ignored, or corrupted.
3. How has your world been impacted by the deterioration of God’s good design? Think about how you, your perspective, your family, and your different environments have been impacted.
4. How is God directing you to respond to what you He is showing you?