The Demise of Civilization

A Bible Exposition Of Romans 1:18-32

One of the most terrifying realities imaginable is the wrath of God. But so often when we think of the wrath of God, we imagine only the eschatological wrath of God, which will be poured out upon all of those outside of Christ in the day of final judgment. 

But the wrath of God isn’t just a future reality. In fact, the wrath of God is currently being poured out. So, what does this expression of the wrath of God look like? 

God pulls back His influence from a culture. He removes the restraint of sin. And God starts giving people what they want—more of their sin, and less of Himself.

As society is given over to sin, greater levels of degradation take place until mankind defiles both their bodies and their minds. Things go from bad to worse as the morality that once preserved a culture begins to dim.

This is a humbling truth. It is a truth that calls sinners to repentance, and reminds those who have been saved, what God has so graciously rescued us from. If it weren’t for sovereign grace, then we would be in the same place.

In this message, we will see:

2 Steps as The Wrath of God Is Expressed Upon a Culture

  1. A Culture Denies the Reality of God—Reason for the Wrath of God on Unrighteous Suppressors (18-23)
    • Man Without Excuse
      • God’s Existence is Internally Visible (19)
      • God’s Existence is Externally Visible (20a)
    • Man Withholds Glory & Gratitude (21-23)
  2. A Culture Loses the Reality of God—Revelation of the Wrath of God on Unrighteous Suppressors (24-31)
    • God Gives Them Over to Debauched Sexuality (24-25)
    • God Gives Them Over to Dishonorable Passions (26-27)
    • God Gives Them Over to Debased Minds (28-31)

Romans 1:18–32—18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, 19 because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. 20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. 21 For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. 22 Professing to be wise, they became fools, 23 and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures. 24 Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, so that their bodies would be dishonored among them. 25 For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. 26 For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, 27 and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error. 28 And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper, 29 being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice; they are gossips, 30 slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, 31 without understanding, untrustworthy, unloving, unmerciful; 32 and although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them.