The Reprobate Mind #1112

28  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; 29  being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, 30  backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 31  undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful; 32  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 1:28–32, NKJV)

God does not force one to believe in Him. But, there are eternal consequences for failing to do so. When people refuse to hold God in their consciousness, He hands them over to their worthless thinking and its sins. The psalmist observed, “The wicked in his proud countenance does not seek God; God is in none of his thoughts” (Psalm 10:4). But, the vacuum created by rejecting God does not remain empty; It is filled with all manner of evil thoughts and conduct. Exalting self and indulging in lusts, oppressing others, and ignoring God’s righteous judgment is their trademark. Taken over by sin, they continue to practice the very things that bring eternal death, while approving of the sinful deeds of others. The mind that abandons God is left to its own sinful devices, and eternal judgment. Turn your heart back to God and do what is proper in His sight.

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