Romans 1:28 Since they thought it foolish to acknowledge God, he abandoned them to their foolish thinking and let them do things that should never be done.
This verse came to me a little while ago. It describes everything that is going on the world right now, including the ISIS thugs whose goal is to behead everyone who gets in their way. It describes the garbage coming out of "Holly-weird". It describes the behavior of the crazed lunatics who think their protests against the decision of Grand Juries should include robbing and looting and destroying businesses and generally acting like lawless criminals who will resort to violence whenever they don't get their way. And it describes the reasons for all the fights and arguments over "religion" (or lack thereof in those who have run the gamut of Christian/Messianic/Judaism in their search for a god that suited them before they went completely off the deep end into agnosticism or atheism).
Without the Holy Spirit within, let's face it, we cannot find God or the shalom that only HE can bring...So, that verse above says a LOT about humanity, in general. And things are only going to get worse...and then we will be "as in the days of Noah":
Matthew 24:37 For as were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.
Here is the history of Noach. In his generation, Noach was a man righteous and wholehearted; Noach walked with God.
Noach fathered three sons, Shem, Ham and Yefet.
The earth was corrupt before God, the earth was filled with violence.
God saw the earth, and, yes, it was corrupt; for all living beings had corrupted their ways on the earth.
God said to Noach, "The end of all living beings has come before me,
for because of them the earth is filled with violence. I will destroy
them along with the earth.
Well, guess what - those days are here again! Why? Lawlessness. Nobody wants to follow man's laws, and they certainly don't YHWH's laws! Everybody wants to do what's right in their own eyes. See Judges 21:25, Proverbs 21:2, and other Bible passages that revealed what happened to those who refused to follow HIS ways.
John 4:23. But the hour is coming, and now is when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth, indeed. For the Father, He seeks worshippers as these. 24. For Elohim is Spirit, and those who worship, they must worship Him in spirit and in truth.
Unfortunately, the remnant who is truly seeking Him and being humble enough to listen to HIS Voice instead of following their own limited, human mindset, is VERY small....
Matthew 7:13 "Go in through the narrow gate; for the gate that leads to destruction is wide and the road broad, and many travel it; 14 but it is a narrow gate and a hard road that leads to life, and only a few find it. 15 "Beware of the false prophets! They come to you wearing sheep's clothing, but underneath they are hungry wolves! 16 You will recognize them by their fruit....
Many ARE traveling that broad road. That's why Romans 1:28 rings so true!
1:28 Since they thought it foolish to acknowledge God, he abandoned
them to their foolish thinking and let them do things that should never