Summary of passage: God allowed man to do his will and sin as part of His divine judgment against him. Man is full of very kind of evil. Man continues to sin and approves of those who do so as well.
12) I discussed this word YESTERDAY but in essence man didn’t want to know God. Man chose to dismiss Him (not worthwhile to retain the knowledge of Him) so God allowed the evil inside of man to thrive and take over (depraved). Webster’s says depraved means “marked by corruption or evil; perverted”.
13) Personal Question. My answer: I know homosexuality is wrong, not sure if I ever approved of it. I’m unsure if I ever approved of any sin. Yes, we all do it (especially gossip, envy, deceit, disobeying parents, etc). But there’s a difference of approving of something. When I sin, I know it’s wrong. Somewhere in the back of my mind I know. I’m just too weak to do anything about it. Then I repent. I’m not okay with sin. Those with depraved minds are.
Conclusions: If you re-read the sample list of sins Paul includes, you’ll see yourself. Paul’s point here, however, is those who deliberately turn their back on God are given up to His judgment, which includes a depraved or evil mind that continues to sin and approve of sin. As a Christian, we still sin, but it’s not willful. It’s because we are weak and we Fall to temptation from our Enemy. AND it’s not continuous. We repent usually immediately, we are forgiven, and we are stronger for it. We grow more and more like Jesus (free from sin); whereas, those who turn from Him drift more and more towards Satan, away from God, and sin snowballs.
End Notes: Paul includes “socially acceptable sins” such as covetousness, pride, gossip, and envy along with the horrible sins such as murder.
Envy or covetousness means the itch for more.
Whisperers or gossip is those who secretly accuse and blast their neighbor’s reputation.
Why envy you say? Envy is so powerful that there is a sense in which it put Jesus on the cross. Pilate knew that they had handed Him over because of envy (Matthew 27:18).
Small sins lead to bigger sins. How many times has envy grown into a passion that lead to murder? Sin is powerful. Very powerful. We must remember no sin is good and dismiss our little sins as “no big deal”. All sin is evil in God’s eyes.
Pride: Clarke says this: “They who are continually exalting themselves and depressing others; magnifying themselves at the expense of their neighbours; and wishing all men to receive their sayings as oracles.”
We are all deserving of sin, Paul concludes. Every last one of us. Sinners and approvers of sin.
All this sin comes from man choosing to abandon the knowledge of God (rebel against Him) and the state of society shows God’s judgment upon them.
The extreme of sin is applauding, rather than regretting, the sins of others (Psalm 1:1; 1 Corinthians 15:33).