Romans Lesson 2 Day 5
My answers to BSF study questions
12. Those who decide not to seek God end up with a heart problem.
From indifferent toward God to habitually hard-hearted
When it comes to their Creator, they think they can take it or leave it and their lives will be happier and more carefree. Nothing could be further from the truth.
“…Since they did not see fit to acknowledge God or approve of Him or consider Him worth the knowing, God gave them over to a base and condemned mind… (Romans 1:28 AMP)
Although this phrase “without natural affection” has been interpreted by many to mean homosexual acts, the Greek word suggests something different. The Greek word used is “ASTORGOS,” and it literally means “hard-hearted towards kindred” (Strong’s Concordance). This describes someone who is unloving and without the natural tenderness that a mother would express toward a child. Therefore, Paul was describing a hard-hearted person who is void of love and tenderness. (Andrew Wommack) emphasis added
The word debased (or, reprobate in the KJV) originally meant “that which has not stood the test.” It was used of coins that were below standard and therefore rejected. The idea is that since man did not “approve” to know God, they came to have an “unapproved” mind. (Guzik)
When God turns individuals over to a reprobate mind, those people do not lose their knowledge of what’s right and wrong; they just lose God’s conviction about it. They still know they are wrong, but they don’t care. (Andrew Wommack)
Our rebellion against God is not only displayed in our actions, but in our thinking. We are genuinely “spiritually insane” in our rebellion against God. (Guzik)
13. I thought talking about people behind their backs was okay.
As a child, I thought it was okay for adults to speak the word divorced in a hushed tone about a woman who lived near us. I thought there’s something vile and terrifying lurking behind her sweet and gentle face.
You’d think she was living in sin. No one ever wondered out loud—at least not within my hearing—if he abused her, if he left her for another woman (or man), or if he was in prison. The church women just avoided and excluded her.
Whatever the reason she found herself alone, they taught me it was her fault and unforgivable.
I thought God didn’t forgive her either. Or maybe He had to forgive her, but He was too disappointed to be nice to her.
Today, I think she was a brave and remarkable woman. I wish I’d spent my birthday money to buy her flowers and tell her they were from Jesus.
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MY answers — not THE answers — to BSF study questions on Romans Lesson 2 Day 5 ~ Romans 1:28-32