Jesse M. Hendley
A background study, a parallel to these times.
You know, friends, we are living in days when men are not honoring God. God says that one of the greatest sins of the world, in fact, the CROWNING sin, is the failure to honor God, to honor God and His will. In the Epistle to the Romans God writes and says that people knew God, they did not glorify Him as God nor were they thankful for all the goodness of God. So they go down, down into sin until God has to give them up.
The first sin there is FAILURE TO HONOR GOD. Now that means, not to receive God for what He IS, not to place Him in the proper position in relation to us, not to give Him the right to the throne in our lives, not to seek to walk in His will and to please Him. A dishonoring of God!
Now we are finding that going on in the world today, a dishonoring of God. In these tremendous days, think of all the ability God gives to men, He gives us everything. These are days of discovery. We talk about living in the atomic age. We talk about the space age. We talk about scientific knowledge and its progress. Who GIVES that KNOWLEDGE but the Living God? Is He honored today? No. You do not hear scientists glorifying God. You do not hear scientists talking about God's creation and the glorification of His creation. I want to say to you, friends, that THAT IS THE CARDINAL SIN. A man may not go out here and wallow in the mud as men count gross sins, but a man who DISHONORS GOD is wicked, according to God's Word, according to God's opinion. And God's opinion COUNTS, my friends, more than any other, because we are going to have to meet Him.
Now in Paul's Epistle to the Colossians he deals with this very matter. I have been struck, in the study of this Epistle of Paul to the Colossians, in seeing THE GREAT PARALLEL between the Gnostic Heresy going on at that time (and that was in back of Paul's writing of this letter) and the situation TODAY: the failure to honor God ...
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