“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; Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them,” Romans 1:28-32, KJV.
I briefly touched on this yesterday, a reprobate mind. This is referring to a person who has rejected God and in turn He has allowed their sins to take control. They are given over to a mind to do those things which are not good and decent. For this cause are they filled with desires to do things fulfilling to the flesh. He's giving them exactly what they want; in this is their freewill to choose those things. Hence, the moral conscious has been deleted.
God has good reason to impose this upon those who reject His existence. Consider the world in which we live, every thing testifies of God’s existence. Instinctively, a person knows that there is a greater being than them. The sky was not made by man. The trees and plants aren’t manmade. Even the very air that we breathe cannot be produced by man. The animals, are they not made by God? But many say it’s the Big Bang theory. Yes, there was a moment when these things came into existence and it started with God! He spoke ... and Bang!
“For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things,” Romans 1:20-23, KJV.
Can you imagine… if you could only imagine a fraction of how God feels when He sees such things? To be reduced in such manner. They “changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever…,” Romans 1:25, KJV. The scripture goes on to state that because of this, God gave them over to vile desires. “…for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet,” Romans 1:26-27, KJV.
Why are there such things going on in this world? Why are we forced to defend the sanctity of marriage between a man and a woman? Why are we called to pray for the world? Why are we depended upon to intercede on behalf of others? It’s because people have allowed the enemy to run their lives. When you say no to God, guess who you’re saying yes to.
Additional Scripture: James 2:19