Choate Baptist Church: The Depths of Sin
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Almost two thousand years ago, Paul wrote of sins that existed in his day. He referred to those who had chosen to ignore God as “senseless, faithless, heartless, and ruthless.” The first chapter of Romans ends with Paul’s conviction, “Although they know God's righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.”

Devoid of a moral compass, society today also applauds sin. We have separated from God and degenerated into selfishness, refusing to repent and receive God’s morality. His holiness warns us through our conscience that God hates and will judge all sin. But rather than turning to God, repenting, and receiving His forgiveness, man continues to excuse himself and his sin, even supporting the sin of others with rejoicing.

The Lord delivers those who reject His knowledge to atheism. “The fool says in his heart, "There is no God" (Psalm 14:1), and lives accordingly. Romans 1:28 states that God gave people who did not want to retain His knowledge “over to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done.”

When a person dreams and hopes there is no God, he allows the knowledge of God to flee from his heart and prevents the nature of God from transforming him. But because he cannot destroy the image of God in his mind, he then tries to deface and blot God’s moral nature from his soul.

Many people believe there is no God. They are “without God in the world” (Ephesians 2:12). But this does not deny God’s providence and the exercise of His will in the world.

Atheism does not belong only to those who deny the existence of God. There are those who condemn the presence of God and try to root out of their conscience the knowledge of God. Then, there are those who believe in their mind, but are atheistic in their heart. They are unable to erase the knowledge of God, but their hearts are empty of adoration and thanksgiving to Him. They worship images or falsely worship through superstition. They do not possess the knowledge and passion to adore God according to His excellence.

Every person has the duty to worship God in Spirit. It is a debt of justice we owe to His holiness. Worship is the sacrificing of (our) honor to God. When we have the right attitude of worship, our spirit knows and is known by Him.

God designed worship, based on His moral nature, and it is perpetually due Him. Worship is where the mind retains the knowledge of God, our spirit senses the presence of God, and our will is consecrated to Him. If our spirit is absent when we present our body, we give Him a “dead sacrifice”. Therefore, we must willingly surrender our body and spirit to Him as a “living sacrifice”.

Our soul gives us the most visible image of God and His glory; there He glitters. His Spirit is His jewel, and our body is a case to contain His Spirit – His Temple.

Choate Baptist Church welcomes you to join us for Sunday School at 9:45 a.m., Sunday Morning Worship at 11 a.m., and Sunday Evening Worship at 7 p.m. We also meet on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. Brother Odom’s message can be heard on Radio KAML 990 AM each Sunday morning at 8:30.
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