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Making Bad Deals

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Stephen Johns

on 17 May 2015

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Transcript of Making Bad Deals

God 'Gives Them Up'
He gives them up to the lusts of their hearts in vs. 24

He gives them up to their dishonorable passions in vs. 26

He gives them up to their debased mind in vs. 28.
The Active Judgment of God
paradidomai - Handing someone over to the control of someone or something else
A Shocking Illustration
What God has given (through declaration or through creation, general and special revelation) is not good for me
"What I have is worse than what I am getting in return"
The Reduction of God
Replacing the Glory of God vs. 23
The Reduction of Man
Psalms 115:3-8

“3 Our God is in the heavens; he does all that he pleases. 4 Their idols are silver and gold, the work of human hands. 5 They have mouths, but do not speak; eyes, but do not see. 6 They have ears, but do not hear; noses, but do not smell. 7 They have hands, but do not feel; feet, but do not walk; and they do not make a sound in their throat. 8 Those who make them become like them; so do all who trust in them.”
The Reduction of God and Man
God's Response
First, we need to understand that at his core, sinful man is making a terrible deal of trading the delight of God for the sorrow of sin. Their continuing descent is the judgment of God on them.
Making Bad Deals
Romans 1:22-28
Replacing the Truth of God vs. 25
By reducing God to an image, a thought, a philosophy, or anything else they make Him manageable, controllable, and bendable to their own will.
If we worship supermodels, we’ll become vain and self-centered.

If we worship football players, we’ll become aggressive, bombastic, and women-demeaning.

If we worship corporate America, or the dollar, we’ll become greedy, oppressive, and materialistic

If we worship relaxation we become spiritually lazy

The greatest suffering this world knows is the outworking of idolatry by people who have the power to do what they desire.
Ecclesiastes 2:7-8

"7 I bought male and female slaves, and had slaves who were born in my house. I had also great possessions of herds and flocks, more than any who had been before me in Jerusalem. 8 I also gathered for myself silver and gold and the treasure of kings and provinces. I got singers, both men and women, and many concubines, the delight of the children of man."
Acts 3:13

“The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, the God of our fathers, glorified his servant Jesus, whom you delivered over and denied in the presence of Pilate, when he had decided to release him.”
God is actively consigning them into an ever increasing downward spiral of sinfulness with its suffering and depravity.
Door #2
An unwavering acceptance of what I want, a tight community, and 'love'.
Relational fulfillment

Affirmation that I know what is best for me

Following my desires is best

Anyone who denies my wants is bad

People who will defend me
Door #1
Heterosexual monogamous relationship of service that affirms God designed roles and images the church
Second, we also become like what we worship. Our failure to become more like Christ is the natural, God' designed result of our idolatry. We are conforming to someone or something and we must know what that someone or something is.
2 Corinthians 3:18

“And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.“
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