Chapter # 1 Paragraph # 4 Study # 8
August 24, 2004
Lincolnton, N.C.

<053> Thesis: The absolutely corrupt choice of "Man" needs to be clearly understood so that we know what we can "expect" from God. Introduction: In our study last week we zeroed in on God's reaction to man's decision to abandon the obvious: He turned mankind over to bondage to his own body. In effect, God installed man's physical body, with all of its powerful, built-in motivators, as man's new "lord" so that it would be obvious by the body's total incompetence in producing life that man has forsaken life for death. This is the contribution of homosexuality and lesbianism: these are both "beyond-obvious" demonstrations of the body's inability to procreate under those conditions...i.e. the body's inability to generate life. This evening we are going to pursue Paul's presentation of man's plight under the judgment of God by looking into 1:25. To facilitate that, we wanted to make some remarks about the structure of Paul's words in this section of his presentation... Now, having done that, let's dig into what Paul is claiming in 1:25.