It is Time to Wake Up! by Marvin D. Patterson

It is Time to Wake Up!
Marvin Patterson
Romans 13:11-14

Geneology?"
A little girl asked her mother, 'How did the human race appear?'
The mother answered, 'God made Adam and Eve and they had children and so all mankind was made.'
Two days later the girl asked her father the same question. The father answered, 'Many years ago there were monkeys from which the human race evolved.'
The confused girl returned to her mother and said, 'Mom, how is it possible that you told me the human race was created by God and Dad said they all developed from monkeys?'
The mother answered, 'Well, dear, it is very simple. I told you about my side of the family and your father told you about his.'

Introduction:

In this closing section an alarm clock goes off to waken believers who have gone to sleep in the world and have forgotten this added incentive for yielding their total personalities to God. My friend, this is not the time for the child of God to live for the things of this world. I think many a rich Christian is going to be embarrassed when the Lord comes. How big will your bank account be, my friend? Are you using your time and what you possess for God? I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye yield your total personalities-all you are, all you have-to God. This is rational. This is reasonable. This is what you are supposed to be doing, Christian friend.

I believe that it would be beneficial if we were to
look at the kind of government that Paul lived under,
and the government which he instructed believers to
submit to.

> First of all, some of the positives:

Rome was a city that was a firm practitioner of law
and order. Not only that, but they had a system of
capital punishment, which we will see Paul mention in
this chapter.

It was a city that was well developed. It had paved
roads, theaters, amphitheaters, baths, circuses,
luxurious private homes, the best in all sporting
events, the greatest minds of the "intelligencia",
fine parks and gardens, wealth and beauty, multitudes
of idols temples and a population, depending on which
source you believe, of 1-4 million people. Trade,
shipping, everything that would supply the city was in
Rome. It lived in the lap of luxury.

> Now, some of the negatives.

It was a city that was given over to sexual immorality
of all kinds. It was a city that provided a religious
temple with 1000 temple prostitutes in which sex was a
religion and a way to worship in idolatry. Every
emperor, except one, was a homosexual.

Rome was also known for it's slavery. A saying that
is well known was that ROME WAS BUILT ON THE BACKS OF
SLAVES. One writer states that nearly 40% of it
population were slaves whose sole purpose was to
serve. A slave was recognized as a person, owned by
another, but had no rights at all, like any other
piece of personal property, and could be used and
disposed of in whatever way the owner may ...


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