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Dr. Walter D. Huyck Jr. D.Min.

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As Wise As People Can Be

Romans 1.21-32; cf.22

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[Daniel having received a glorious revelation from God was told,] 

[Daniel 12:4 4 But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.]

[I once saw a report that claimed that before 1920 the average person would rarely travel more than 40 miles from their home.  When you think about this it makes sense, because people did not own cars and travel was not easy.  Most people lived off their land and worked the ground on very small family farms to provide for their families.  Their time was consumed by their survival.  When one thinks about this then it bring new light to those pilgrims who traveled across the Atlantic to an unknown land to establish colonies here in North America.  They risked everything to establish this land of hope, this land of the free.] 

[But Daniel was told that in “ . . . the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, . . .”  and If that prophecy isn’t being fulfilled today.  In our culture it is hard to keep people close to home.  With each passing day the world grows smaller and smaller.  Just the other day I saw a Fox News article that claimed that a new jet engine has been tested that, if developed for commuter jets, would fly a person from NY to Los Angeles in less than 50 minutes.  It is hard to look up in the sky today and not see a flight of passengers overhead going somewhere.  With our cars today we travel farther without much thought than our great grandparent’s dared to dream to go.] 

[But there is a second part to this prophecy which is more my focus this morning.  Daniel was told, “ . . . even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.”  In the last 50 years knowledge has truly increased.  It has not multiplied but knowledge has increased exponentially.  Through the internet, and the multitude of colleges and institutions of higher learning knowledge has grown and continues to grow.  But what has this explosion of knowledge and learning done for mankind worldwide?] 

[The incredible growth and availability of learning and knowledge has brought us some remarkable advances.  We have in our midst today,] 

  • [Some who have been blessed with joint replacement surgery.  The pain they once suffered from a damaged or worn joint is now gone and they are healed through our wonderful medical sciences and advancement.]
  • [Some have been blessed by the relief of Carpal Tunnel surgery.  The numbness,  irritation, and even pain they once experienced from this condition has been repaired by this incredible new medical science.]
  • [Some have been blessed by Cataract surgery.  That cloudy membrane or growth having been removed and a new prescription lens implanted in the eye have allowed some to see without glasses for the first time in their lives.  What an incredible advancement.]

[These are just a few of the medical advancements we are blessed with through our increase in knowledge and learning.  So much of this increase of knowledge must be viewed as good and helpful to mankind.  However, there are some increases in knowledge that are undeniably detrimental to mankind.  For instance,] 

  • [The Chemical sciences, which have given us many advancements, have also given us home brewed Meth Cocaine which is often instantly addictive and destructive to those who yield to its enticement.]
  • [The home internet, which has given us instant access to a multitude of information, has also provided our families with instant pornography and virtual immortality  which is also addictive and plagues as many as six out of ten of the homes across America.]

[Without any doubt  the advances of our culture has darkened the hearts of almost all of us (vs 21).  Things that were perhaps heard of sixty years ago are now studied if not experienced by almost every public educated youth across America today.  So that our text has become our experience today.  Our text states,] 

[Romans 1:21-22 21 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. 22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, ]

[I never thought that I would agree with a Catholic priest, however, just this week, as Russia celebrate a newly established Christian holiday an Orthodox Catholic Priest called upon Russian citizens to resist the resurgent paganism (atheism) that was now plaguing their culture.  I agree with this Priests description.  Our world is falling into a resurgent paganism and America is not exempt.  Somehow, as this predicted exponential growth of knowledge is pouring itself upon all of humanity many are turning away from God and the Lord Jesus Christ and our world in “Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools” (vs 22).  The spiritual heart of our world has become dark indeed.] 

[What has led to this darkened worldly wisdom?  Paul warned,] 

A.    They Changed The Glory Of God (vs 23) [– 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. This Is Humanism.  Humanism is not to be confused with Humanitarianism.  Humanitarianism is one showing compassion and benevolent kindness toward our fellow human beings.  We all ought to value the life and rights of one another.  Humanism is exalting and elevating mankind to a level of preeminence in life.  It is to declare oneself as the final authority or the god of their life.  In humanism one dethrones God and enthrones themself.  Understand that one does not have to be an atheist to be a humanist.  Many believe there is a God but they just recognize themselves as an authority even over God.   

[These people, as they fall into humanism, change the Glory of God.  How do we express or see the Glory of God?] 

[Psalm 19:1 1 The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. ]

[We see the Glory of God  in the creation of God, when we recognize the incredible wisdom of God in His creation.  He is the architect of all things.  We see his Glory in the cosmos, we also see His glory in the hidden DNA and its miraculous organization. All of Creation declares and reveals the awesome glory of God.  When we stop attributing the wonder of creation to its creator then we change the glory of God.] 

[These then are ruled by,] 

1.      Their Inventions (vs 23, 21; Deut 29.29) [– 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.-  These are the circumstances of their environment. They exchange the glory of God for those things that are around them.  Mankind, the birds, the beasts, the creeping things.  These are the things that they have knowledge about.  In other words their knowledge has become their authority and their God.] 

[Pseudo-Science – The problem with the increased knowledge of our day is that many have begun to accept every educated theory of mankind as scientific truth, even if it is not scientific fact.  The word Science means To Know, but much of what is claimed to be science is not known at all; it is merely assumed or theorized.  Yet most people claim these ideas as scientific fact, as if there is nothing that mankind cannot know.  A good example of this is the theory of evolution.  Look at what our text stated,] 

[Romans 1:21 21 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. ]

[Folks, when our Science is based on human ideas rather than scientific fact then our science becomes pseudo-science and our hearts, our beliefs become darkened.] 

[I am reminded that there are many things that mankind just does not know and there will always be a multitude of things that mankind is yet discover.  God said,] 

[Deuteronomy 29:29 29 The secret things belong unto the Lord our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law. ]

[I remind you that a hundred years ago mankind, science, thought that the center of a molecular cell was merely filled with some membrane or plasma, today we know that a cell contains DNA and all of the structures that make DNA work and function.] 

[Be careful about assuming that mankind has somehow become a god unto himself.  We are not gods and you are not even the authority that you think you are in your own life.  What will be the result of Humanism in your life?] 

2.      Their Immorality (vs 24; Col 2.8) [- Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:  - When a person and a culture turns to humanism, and makes their culture, their knowledge, their perceived circumstances into their authority then their values will become situational and their darkened hearts will guide their decisions and life.  Our world is situational in its ethics, this is not shocking.  But when professed Christians become situational in their ethics now that is astounding.] 

[Among Christians today it is astounding to see how many people who profess to believe in God and call themselves Christian allow all kinds of sin into their life.  What has happened?  They too have exchanged the unchanging truth of God, the immutability of God, and the Word of God for the pseudo-science of our culture and world.] 

[This happens when professing Christians think, “Well if our educated, intelligent, studied authorities say something is right then it must be right.  So I will just blend my faith with their proclaimed truth.”  This is syncretism in action.  The Word of God warns,] 

[Colossians 2:8 8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. ]

[The end result of Humanism, or a heart that believes the studies and knowledge of man more than God, will always be Immorality.] 

B.     They Changed The Truth Of God (vs 25; 2 Tim 3.1-7) [– Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. This is Intellectualism.  You can send your child to college and give him knowledge, but you cannot buy wisdom.  You can purchase an education for your child, but you cannot purchase spiritual truth for him.  This ever expanding knowledge, to be found in these end times, was prophesied nearly three thousand years ago by Daniel, and we are seeing these days arise right around us today.  So that even what is written in Romans chapter one is being realized in our own homes and families today.  Intellectualism is when one elevates their intellect to the highest position in their life, or at least to a highly exalted position.  ] 

[Intellectualism goes hand in hand with humanism.  When you exalt mankind, or yourself to the position of authority in your life then you must base your humanism upon those things you think you know or those things known around you.  Notice what these worship,] 

1.      Their Discoveries (vs 25) [– Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. -  These worship themselves or the creation around them.  They are worshipping the things that they feel like they know.  Now, a humanist would argue that they are not worshipping creation.  Well, what do I mean by worshipping creation or knowledge.  I do not mean that they are building an idol or temple, bowing down to it, and humming or something.  I mean that it informs their intellect in such a way that it forms their belief system and changes their actions or choices.  So these intellectualists have become so determined in their knowledge that they can no longer serve God (the creator) anymore because they now view God’s truth as a mere superstition.  After all the end result of worship is obedience.  When you worship God you will obey Him.  When you worship your intellect you will obey it.  When you worship humanity you will obey it.] 

[What is the end result of intellectualism?] 

2.      Their Depravity (vs 26-32) [– For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: 27 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. 28 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; 29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, 30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: 32 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.  – What did we just read?  We just read a description of the culture of our world today.  It is the resurgent paganism that is permeating not only our American culture, but all of our world.] 

[These humanist and intellectualist have become so hardened in their minds that they come to a point where they believe that they are proving their own divinity by surviving those sins God has declared as abominable.] 

[What We Need To Understand  - The whole point of this message today is that the exponential growth of human knowledge and its despicable results were all foreseen by God and revealed in the Bible.  Our Lord warned us as Christians and warned all of humanity that these days would come.  We are reminded of, ] 

[2 Timothy 3:1-7 1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. 6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, 7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.]

[The point is clear,] 

         [My Christian brother and sister don’t be discourage by what you see happening all around us.  God said all of this would occur.  ]

         [My young growing Christian friend examine the pseudo-sciences of this world and culture carefully, know your Bible very well, and you will discover with me and many other well studied faithful Christians that there is nothing in true science that has ever contradicted the Word of God and there never will be.]

         [My lost, unbelieving friend there is a God in Heaven, Jehovah God, and He sent His Son the Lord Jesus Christ to save you from your sins, something this worlds knowledge and sciences can never do for you.  What do you need to do?] 

C.    They Need To Confirm The Reality Of God 

[Adrian Rodgers – Romans one says there is nobody so bad they can’t be saved, Romans Two says there is nobody so good they don’t need to be saved.] 

[Considering what we have discovered about our world and culture as recorded in Romans one, what do we need to do?] 

1.      Be Committed To The Word Of God (John 17.17; Psalm 19.7-9; James 1.21) [– Never forget they changed the glory of God because they changed the truth of God.  Our Lord Jesus Christ said,] 

[John 17:17 17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. ]

[My Christian friend hear and heed the Word of God!] 

[Psalm 19:7-9 7 The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. 8 The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes. 9 The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether. ]

[To the lost,] 

[James 1:21 21 Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls. ]

2.      Be Conformed To The Image Of God (Rom 8.29) [– What is the God’s goal and the goal of the Word of God?] 

[Romans 8:29 29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. ]

3.      Be Converted By The Son Of God (Matt 18.3) 

[Matthew 18:3 3 And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.] 

 

 

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