We are continuing our discussion on Romans 1:18 today. Yesterday we discussed the wrath of God and today we will be discussing Godlessness.
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The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness,” Rom. 1:18″
So what exactly is “godlessness” or as it is translated in other versions “ungodliness”?
The word used in the Greek is, asebeia. It is defined as a want of reverence towards God or impiety.
Once again that’s a great definition until I ask you to define reverence and impiety. Let’s look at some other verses for help.
Other verses where the word asebeia is used are:
And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness G763from Jacob: Romans 11:26
Keep reminding God’s people of these things. Warn them before God against quarreling about words; it is of no value, and only ruins those who listen. 15 Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth. 16 Avoid godless chatter, because those who indulge in it will become more and more ungodly. 2 Tim. 2:14-16
For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. 12 It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, 13 while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, Titus 2:11-13
To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly G763 deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him.
You see, ungodliness is a state of mind that manifests in action. Ungodliness is not action itself. Ungodliness is a root that puts forth sin. It manifests in wicked words and deeds because it is a heart that does not care about God. It is a heart from which God is absent.
THIS IS IMPORTANT!!!
To be ungodly a person does not have to hate God or be malicious towards God. The mindset of an ungodly person is simply irreverent toward God, which means an ungodly person considers God unimportant and unworthy of playing a significant role in life. Such a mindset does not bring God into the equation of living at all.
Ungodliness is not a specific behavior or activity.It goes deeper than behavior. Ungodliness is an attitude of the heart that shuts God out of the decision making process. Therefore, godlessness is manifested in any activity from which God is excluded.
Now let me ask the $25,000.00 question. In light of that definition how much of our culture is ungodly and therefore subject to wrath?