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Society’s iniquity rooted in a single lie


The well-worn road to spiritual perdition for a culture is clearly marked out in Romans 1:18-32. As the apostle Paul begins his masterful and matchless treatise on the unrivaled power of the Gospel – of which he is brazenly unashamed – he describes the spiritual devolution that necessitated the Gospel’s entrance into human history.

Because truth is objective and eternal, what Paul described almost 2,000 years ago clearly does still occur. Therefore, the Gospel – and it alone – remains God’s timeless solution to the spiritual degradation that saturates our 21st-century society.

The proliferation of such things as sexual immorality, covetousness, envy, maliciousness, murder, strife, deceit, violence, disobedience to parents and boasting are nothing more than the ever-evolving results of a lie.

Like horrific scars that are the grim symptoms of a deadly disease, the ongoing blights of spiritual uncleanness (Romans 1:24-25), vile passions (Romans 1:26-27) and debased thinking (Romans 1:28-32) sadly testify to the pervasiveness of the lie in our society.

Not only does the apostle Paul identify the lie that is responsible for all of this spiritual mayhem, in Romans 1, he also describes the context that spawns its conception and acceptance.

He writes: “Professing to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man … who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshipped and served the creature rather than the creator” (Romans 1:22-25).

The lie is very simple: Jehovah and his truth do not exist. Its propagandists stridently claim to have multitudes of irrefutable “scientific proofs” at their disposal. Some even proclaim that it is a menace to society to allow young people the academic freedom of even considering any alternatives to the lie.

A recent apologist for the lie wrote that evolution is “the very basis of modern biology.” I must confess that I was unaware that the law of biogenesis – the axiomatic premise of biology which states that all life comes from living things – had been disproven, and I had missed it. The lie contradicts this bedrock of biological science, yet boasts of being “scientific.”

Not only does this lie evolve into atheism and pseudoscience, it also spawns idolatry, moral relativism, humanism, political tyranny, historical oblivion and eternal destruction.

In light of these tragedies, how grateful we ought to be for the very existence of the Gospel – the power of God to salvation for everyone. So grateful, in fact, that we should not add to or subtract from it, just unashamedly believe it, readily proclaim it and eagerly obey it.

John Chowning is a preacher at Sunman Church of Christ. If you are interested in submitting a column (750 words or less), send it to Terri Richardson, The Journal Gazette, 600 W. Main St., Fort Wayne, IN 46802; fax 461-8893 or email Please include your name, religious organization and a phone number. For more information, call 461-8304.