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The Last Step on the Way Down | Part 1

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April 9, 2021 8:00 am

The Last Step on the Way Down | Part 1

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April 9, 2021 8:00 am

It seems our nation is on the last step on the way down, toward the society Paul warns about in the Book of Romans. In this message, Adrian Rogers reveals the danger of “tolerance” in a society bent on sexual immorality, and calls the church to a higher standard of purity.

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We are fast approaching the last step on the way down.

Listen to Adrian Rogers, sexual immorality is the last step of the way that Imation is turned from basic sexual thoughts last I give up.

Now Americans in a crisis. Last we have a moral rebirth where you will join the graveyard of the nation to love with finding featuring real truth never changes from Adrian Rogers. Scripture identifies marriage as the supreme commitment we make on this or yet in the nation whose new virtue is called tolerance. Our sense of moral responsibility has been lost.

It seems our nation is much like the society.

Paul warns about in the book of Romans. If you have your Bible turn to Romans chapter 1 will begin today in verse 24 is Adrian Rogers teaches on the last step on the way down in Romans chapter 1 where the series of Bible studies on the book of Romans and title foundations for our faith.

These are shaky days in which we live and you need to find something solid to stand on, and the book of Romans is something solid to stand on MSA. This book of Romans, literally, is good news. It is about the gospel the same as the gospel in the word gospel means good news. But listen to me before, you will appreciate good news you got there bed now just the way it is. It's the bad news that makes the good news, good. And so, as the apostle Paul begins the book of Romans. He tells us first of all about sin before he tells us about salvation and sanctification in service and so rare in that part now the talks about sin. Paul is talking about the terrible, horrible consequences of sin and the cause of sin in the hearts and lives of people. Now this nation needs to hear the book of Romans, because folks most Americans are egomaniacs, peacocks strutting to hail thinking they're too good to be banned and I learned in preaching that if you will get people say first of all, you have to get them lost. They are lost.

But you have to get them to understand that they need the gospel now. With that in mind the title of the message today is the last step on the way down.

Paul is talking about what is happened to humanity when they turn from God begin reading verse 24, it says Alisa. Perhaps some the most chilling words in all the Bible.

Wherefore God also gave them up. Oh dear Lord, you mean you give up on people. Wherefore God also gave them up, gave them up to 12 uncleanness through the last of their own hearts, to dishonor their own bodies between themselves. He's talking here about sexual sin, then look in verse 26 for this cause God gave them up unto vile affections for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature and likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another man, with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet and now notice verse 28 and even as they did not like to retain God in the knowledge God gave them all over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient. Not fitting what's this being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, first thing on the list in each of these instances where it says that God gave them up. God gave them up and God gave them over. The context is sexual sin, sexual immorality, are you listening, sexual immorality is the last step on the way down when Imation loses its ability to discern from basic sexual morality could Todd says that's the last I give up. You have got now Americans in a crisis Americas and the crisis had a lesson we have a moral rebirth.

We will join the graveyard of the nations. Paul is writing to roll.

There was somebody else who wrote about Rome's name was given. He wrote about the rise in the fall of the Roman Empire and the Roman Empire came crashing down, and given said number one on the list of the things that destroyed Rome was sexual immorality. Another said that Rome dug her grave with her teeth, killed herself with illicit sex and involvement herself with alcohol and I say Americans doing the same thing.

Someday some historian may write the rise and fall of the American Empire. You know what bothers me is all that we are hearing today about immorality and adultery and fornication and homosexuality and with many it is a big job and if not a joke, a matter of incident and not really important. America today is treating adultery with a certain nonchalance. Jonathan Rauch said in the new Republic this and I quote.

If the adulterer takes all reasonable steps to be discreet. If he performs all other duties as parent and spouse and citizen and his main issues is to hang on.

Then nothing happened. This is not covering up so much as it is being grown up and that eminent theologian Ann Landers said that adultery is now less of a sin that used to be and here's what she said. The Scarlet letter is gone.

The Scarlet letter the eighth for adultery. I don't think that it should be branded on your foreign car that you should suffer all your life with that kind of statement and Tom get one New York University professor said Americans had gone 90 with a kind of puritanical rectitude motion that private conduct is automatically the same as public conduct, I think that somebody can be, and he uses the word here, but I'm not going to repeat, I think that somebody can be a blank in private life and be a good public servant. I am against these ritual predations of people who think that we don't meet our exalted standard of honor Mattei what the new virtue in America is it is not moral purity is not fidelity is not chastity.

It is not faithfulness.

The new virtue in America is tolerance. Tolerance build a new sale in America. The new sand is to call sensei that is the same today for anybody to stand up and say Sam is Sam right is right and wrong is wrong. That's bigoted, that's narrow they call that judging now. I tried to keep my children and grandchildren away from X-rated films. But now, God help us.

We have X-rated news. I mean, you say, news is coming own turn that thing all will my grandchildren that have to listen to that we have lost a sense of moral responsibility. People say but wait a minute don't you know that the American public have approved these things why it's proven by the way that they moved and we have come to morality by majority and we come to the place very much like those in Plato's Republic written so long ago lost their direction and had rather than staring by the chart and the stars. They put the ladder and on the bow of the ship and scared by that. That's where we are and yet God's word is so clear. Deuteronomy chapter 5 verse 18. Neither shalt thou commit adultery and then God says in Proverbs chapter 5 in verse 29 God is speaking concerning his people. He says old that there were such a hard in them that they would fear me and keep all my commandments always bet it might be well with them and their children forever. I've got some children for them who love the Lord. I got some grandchildren thus far. They all love the Lord, but I'm concerned about the world. My grandchildren grow up in the Lord. Parents I'm concerned about what they will see and hear and feel and will excel in this world today, and God says so there was such a hard in them that they would fear me and keep all my commands always bet it might be well with them and with their children forever. We'll break God's 10 Commandments were broken on the rebuilder date is a sexual revolution. The tragedy is that not only will those who participate in the so-called sexual revolution reap the bitter fruit in their lives, but the double tragedy is that they will miss God's best.

God's plan for them when Paul speaks in Romans about fornication.

Fornication is a big word. It includes all sexual immorality include sodomy, it includes pre-marital sex of any kind. It includes post marital infidelity. It includes BC reality here includes anything other than wholesome sexual relationship between a man and his mate. Marriage is a lifetime matter and sexual faithfulness is the primary key that holds a marriage together. Imation cannot endure Imation cannot endure without sexual morality we been told that it takes a village to raise a child. Brandon, you got it backward dictates home to raise a child and takes calls to make a village and LSR homes are solid, we can have noted each battle, Lord Jesus put this matter of marital faithfulness right up front Lord Jesus said in Matthew chapter 19 verse five for this cause shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife and they too shall be one flesh.

What our Lord is saying our Lord is saying that the prime mage, but the underlying basis of all society is the home and the underlying basis of that is sexual fidelity.

Parents are not to be our supreme commitment I'm talking about earthly commitments.

Your parents are not your supreme commitment by you to love and honor your parents and take care of your parents. But Jesus said, for this cause shall a man leave his father. His mother, and shall cleave unto his wife, children are not your prime responsibility. They are your responsibility, but serve your responsibility to your wife comes even above your responsibility to your children for this cause shall a man leave his father and mother and show cleave unto his wife that is husband-wife relationship is stronger than child parent relationship and parent-child relationship. That's why woman makes a terrible mistake. If while the children were small, she pours all of her love all of her devotion all the care into her children and neglects her husband and then when the nest is empty. They find out that the marriage is in trouble now because of course we care for parents. Of course would give our children but our Lord says that your prime responsibility comes before parents before children before business life and political life, the prime responsibility. The supreme commitment is the ones why we have young executives today who expected to put loyalty to the business I had of the family and ahead of their wife.

Absolutely not.

You better make up your mind of all earthly relationships.

Your relationship to your wife is an unusual relationship that the Bible calls one flesh. Having said all that, and Paul say for this cause God gave them up for this cause God gave them up for this cause God gave them over. I want to see why I am entitled message today. The last step on the way down.

Let me tell you why. Adultery is not a proper source of humor.

Late-night television shows. Let me tell you why.

Adultery is even more important and more damning than perjury. What is a bill for. Why is adultery such a horrible such a terrible such a heinous such a such a hellish San Juan. I will give some reasons. Number one.

Adultery is a sin against one's self SELF putting a margin for Sprint is chapter 6 and verse 18. The Bible says flee fornication is get out of there.

Every sin that a man do it is without the body, but he that committed fornication Senate against his own body.

He sins against his own body. There is no other sin that will do you more damage spiritually, psychologically and physically ban this sin is a how can it hurt me physically what we know today that Americans are being killed literally by sexual disease. When a man commits the same. He sins against his own body where a lot today about safe sex grandma sex that God made is not supposed to be dangerous. Lord Byron was with a charming, handsome, fetid, and praised. He was a man with a silver tongue, but I thought he was smarter than God in the dissent against his own body. They consorted with enteral women in England's greatest poet and Playboy said at the end. My days are in the yellow leaf the flower and fruit of life are gone. The worm, the canker degree online alone is just proving what God's word says when a man sins against his own self. But secondly, not only is adultery a sin against one's own self. Adultery is a sin against the home. The sad thing about it is the lives of innocent children are torn apart every year by adultery and if there's anything that pains me and hurts me is to hear those who are living an ungodly MRO lifestyle freight about family values Romans to verse 22 thou that says the man should not commit adultery. Dost thou commit adultery. The whole second chapter of the book of Romans is about credits those who carried the big black Bibles and pray about family values, the same against the home. Cantu says this and I want to listen.

The man who commits adultery, tells his child. Your mother is not worth much, and your father is a liar and a cheat.

Furthermore, honor is not nearly as important as pleasure. In fact my child my own satisfaction is more important than you are.

That's what the man who commits the Santos which I would like to hear that again. The man who commits adultery tells us child your mother is not worth much, and your father is a liar and a cheat. Furthermore, honor is not nearly as important as pleasure.

In fact my child my own satisfaction is more important than you are to see God establish monogamous marriage to meet the deepest emotional, physical, psychological and spiritual needs of the child because you see a child needs the context of the home and do that holds the home together is sexual faithfulness by adultery is a sin against oneself by adultery is a sin against the home and the home is the foundation of society, Birdland, adultery is a sin against the church you a member of this church in your living an impure life. You have sinned against the rest of us because we're in this together.

First Corinthians chapter 3 in verse 16 know you not that ye are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you. Paul says in first grade. This 12 that we are members one of another.

We're in it together and what affects you affects me, and you cannot say what I do is nobody else's business. Not in the covenant relationship of the church when one member suffers, every member suffers when a part of my body is sick the rest of my body feels that I cannot isolate any member of my body and say, well, that doesn't really make any difference to me. Adultery is an infection in the body, the church is the body of the Lord Jesus Christ and I beg you, I beg you please please don't the body of Christ don't say in the choir playing the orchestra sit on the platform preach from the pulpit. If this is your last is a pastor you telling me that I can't come here for help if I have a problem. Yes, friend. That's what we're for.

We are a society of sinners who finally realized that have banded ourselves together do something about it church own organization. I profess to be bad before you can join Hells Angels, but what I'm saying is this, that if you think that this is a minor sin that this is something you intend to practice. If you not come for help and encouragement.

And if you do not have a repentant spirit same against the church and the Bible says if any man defile the temple of God, which temple ye are told can't destroy because you defile something that is pure and holy.

Adultery is a sin against oneself. Adultery is a simulation home adultery is a sin against the charge. It is an infection in the body and adultery laser enjoyment is a sin against the nation.

Adultery is an act of treason in the Old Testament, not the New Testament in the Old Testament. Adultery was a crime worthy of death. Deuteronomy chapter 22 verse 22. If a man be found lying with a woman married to a husband, then they shall both of them die, both the man that lay with the woman and the woman I listen to this. So shout, thou put away evil from Israel put this sin not only away from the people of God, but from the nation itself, but awaits the evil from Israel Mattei something foolish is foolish to say that character and leadership are not synonymous. No man is morally fit for leadership who are sexually impure, but sin is a reproach to any people character counts coming up on Monday will hear part two of this vital message but maybe today you have questions regarding how to place your faith in Jesus. We love to offer you an insightful resource at the website it's are discovered. Jesus page you find answers you may need about your faith. We also have a response section. You can share your testimony with us or tell us how these messages have impacted your life go to and click the tab at the top that says Discover Jesus let us hear from you today not order a copy of this message in its entirety. Call us at 1877 love God and mention the title. The last step on the way down his lessons. Also part of the insightful foundations for our faith series for the complete collection, all 27 powerful messages: 1877 love God or go online to or you can write us to order it. Love worth finding box 38, 600 Memphis, TN 38183 thanks for studying in God's word with us today as we begin the week and remember these powerful words from Adrian Rogers revival will not come to this nation from the White House, the statehouse or the schoolhouse people come from the church house. We hope you'll join us next time for the conclusion of the last step on the way down right on love worth buying. You know I love refining ministries.

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