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In February, the music industry celebrated the best in modern music at The Grammys award show. In general, it seems award shows are losing their appeal, as it was one of the poorest-rated Grammys in recent history. But it is not the ratings that drew attention the following day. Two artists performed a song live on television called “Unholy.” The song celebrates the so-called freedom of not having to hide secrets and living out in the open. This is a ballad to two people in an adulterous relationship while the family members at home have no idea what is happening around them. One of the artists dressed in red to portray himself as Satan. The world celebrated the song by awarding it a Grammy for “best duo” and praising it as the first music award given to a transgender artist. I don’t watch award shows and was not part of the 12.6 million people who tuned in to the show. When I read about it the next day, the first thing that came to my mind was Romans 1. If you have been reading our letters over the last few months, we have shared Paul’s heart for the Gospel and the power found in the Gospel. Romans 1 closes with some hard truths that we see celebrated in our culture today.

Here are four things we need to pay attention to in Romans 1:18-32.

1. Man knew God (v. 18–20)

The wrath of God is revealed against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth. Paul tells us that God has revealed Himself to men in two ways. First, God made Himself known to man within themselves or what we might call our conscience. God also made Himself known through creation. One scholar wrote, “Man did not begin with ignorance and work his way up to intelligence; he began with the blazing revelation of the power and wisdom from God but turned their back on it.” Since God has revealed Himself in this way, man is without excuse, even those who have never heard the Gospel.

2. Man did not honour God (v. 21–23)

Man knew about God, but they did not place God in a position of honour in their lives. This is the root of all sin in a person’s life — not giving God the worth He is due. One of the keys in this section is they knew God, but they did not KNOW God in the sense that they understood the Gospel. The difference is head knowledge versus knowledge that leads to transformation. We see this in today’s world as man defends and rationalizes their sin into acceptance. They profess to be wise but really are foolish. Paul says not honouring God is the entrance to the gate that leads to a path full of idolatry.

3. Man exchanged truth for a lie (vs. 24–25)

This truth is not hard for us to wrap our minds around because we see this in today’s culture. Man has exchanged God’s truth for Satan’s
lie. This leads to the misplacement of worth or our worship. Man becomes the focus of worship; idols replace the living and true God. This is Satan’s playbook and purpose. He wants people to be deceived into directing all their attention to his agenda. I’m sure Satan enjoyed watching the performance at The Grammys. His image was front and centre for millions that night.

4. Man rejected the knowledge of God (vs. 26–32)

The beginning of Romans 1:18-23 clearly shows us that man started with a clear knowledge of God and how God hates sin. Throughout these verses, man is in a downward spiral; they have now hit rock bottom. They are God-haters. Psalm 14:1 reads, “The fool in his heart says there is no God.” The mind of man has become corrupt; the mind of man has fallen so far into the depths of deceit that not only do they practice evil, they “give hearty approval to those who also practice the sins of a corrupt mind” (Rom. 1:32).

We see all of this playing out before our very eyes in today’s culture, and these behaviours are being done with the approval of the society around us. Awards are given to those who celebrate adultery and dress as Satan for a global award show.


The Gospel is the answer to the sin that surrounds us. Paul says in 2 Corinthians 9:15, “Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!” The gift of Jesus Christ and His sacrifice on the cross has freed us from the wrath of God. Praise the Lord for all He has done!

Easter is the biggest holiday in the Christian calendar as we celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus. Jesus paid the ultimate price through death so we could live for Him. When all we see around us seems hopeless, we know the Gospel has the power to save all those who believe.

As believers, we are responsible for spreading the truth of the Gospel to all willing to listen. This month, with a $50 or more donation to Precept Ministries Canada*, we want to offer you a tool to engage people in studying God’s Word. Our 40-Minute study entitled Jesus: Understanding His Death and Resurrection is an excellent no-homework study that covers the final days of Jesus’ life. You may give this study to someone who needs to hear the truth of Jesus, or even better, with a gift of $100 or more, we will send you two books so you can study with someone.

One of the greatest ways to stop a lie is to saturate it with truth and let that truth penetrate both the mind and the heart. The Precept Bible Study Method of observation, interpretation and application is one of the most powerful ways to transform the mind. The Holy Spirit works through God’s Word as we slow down and spend time in His Word.

Canada needs the truth, and we are ready to share it. Thank you for partnering with Precept Canada as we engage people in relationship with God through knowing His Word.

Happy Easter! He Has Risen!

Serving Him and you,

Mark Sheldrake, National Director

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