1 Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the LORD
God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not
eat from any tree in the garden’?” 2 The woman said to the serpent, “We may
eat fruit from the trees in the garden, 3 but God did say, ‘You must not eat
fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch
it, or you will die.’ ” 4 “You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the
woman. 5 “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be
opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
6 When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and
pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some
and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he
1. TRUTH RESTRICTS.
2. TRUTH OFFENDS.
3. TRUTH SAVES.
18 The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the
godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by
their wickedness, 19 since what may be known about God is plain to
them, because God has made it plain to them. 20 For since the creation
of the world God’s invisible qualities - his eternal power and divine
nature - have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been
made, so that people are without excuse. 21 For although they knew
God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their
thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.
22 Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 23 and
exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a
mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles. 24 Therefore
God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual
impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. 25 They
exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served
created things rather than the Creator - who is forever praised. Amen.
ROMANS 1:26- 28
26 Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their
women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. 27 In the
same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and
were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts
with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their
error. 28 Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain
the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so
that they do what ought not to be done.
29 They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed
and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice.
They are gossips, 30 slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and
boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents;
31 they have no understanding, no fidelity, no love, no mercy.