What’s So Good About The Good News – Part 4 [The Spirit of Stupid]

“WHAT’S SO GOOD ABOUT THE GOOD NEWS? – Pt. 4”

[THE SPIRIT OF STUPID – Romans 1:18-32]

INTRO: Why do reasonably smart people often reject God and His standards as clearly revealed in the Bible?

I. The Need For The Good News – All Are Guilty (1:18–21).

  1. God’s righteousness (v. 17) must be satisfied by bringing justice where unrighteousness (injustice) exists (v. 18).
    1. Unrighteousness (sinful behavior) is the result of suppressing the truth (v. 18b).
    2. There are consequences for sinful behavior (Gal. 6:7-8)!
  2. God has revealed Himself to all mankind (vv. 19-20).
    1. God’s creation reveals His attributes (v. 20).
  3. People who don’t acknowledge God suppress the truth and as a result they don’t think [morally] straight – they’re given over to the spirit of stupid (v. 21)!

II. The 3 Foolish Exchanges & God’s Oblige (vv. 22-32).

*When people don’t honor God, they tend to do dishonorable things.

  1. 1st Exchange: God Worship for Idol Worship (vv. 22-23).
    1. In thinking they’re smart, they actually become foolish (v. 22).
    2. God obliges (gives them up to) (v. 24; Eph. 4:19).
    3. God withdraws conviction, revelation and protection!
  2. 2nd Exchange: Truth for a Lie (v. 25) & God obliges (v. 26).
  3. 3rd Exchange: Natural Heterosexual Relations for Unnatural Homosexual Relations (vv. 26b-27).
    1. God obliges (vv. 28-31; Rom. 8:7; Isa. 5:20).

III. Inappropriate Attitudes & Behaviors (vv. 29-32).

  1. Unrighteousness, sexual immorality of all types, evil, hard to get along with, weak character and pride.
  2. Summary: Those who practice behaviors are deserving of death (but are given time to repent), which is why we    desperately need the good news (v. 32)!

CONCLUSION: When people don’t let God be god in their life (when they suppress the truth that God has revealed), they’re given over to the spirit of stupid!