Tuesday, September 29, 2009

What is Ungodliness?

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth.” (Romans 1:18 ESV) “But avoid irreverent babble, for it will lead people into more and more ungodliness, and their talk with spread like gangrene.” (2Ti 2:16 -17 ESV) “training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self–controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age...” (Tit 2:12 ESV) The average believer is rarely aware of the danger of ungodliness in their lives. The reason for this is that we typically reserve the use of this word for those who we categorize as the most wicked, evil, or sinful people. We tend to think of “ungodly” as the opposite of Godly. As a result we fail to see how we as believers who love the Lord could be guilty of such behavior. The confusion comes from understanding the meaning of the word. It basically means to have or be guilty of a want of reverence towards God, or in other words an attitude of impiety. Let’s look at this way, anomia is a disregard for or a defiance of the law’s of God. With this type of an attitude, one has absolutely no respect or allegiance to any of the commandments of God. There is a blatant absence of a proper attitude towards God’s laws. Asebea, ungodliness, is the same type of attitude, except this attitude is towards God himself. An ungodly person may not necessarily be engaged in any particular sinful or evil behavior, though we see Paul warning against irreverent babble, worldly passions, or a lack of self-control in these afore mentioned scripture references. An ungodly person may simply have a disrespect attitude or a complete disregard for the person of God, which arguably some would construe as evil or wicked behavior. The point is simple, one does not have to be involved in wicked and sinful behavior to be ungodly. One can even be a believer, saved, washed by the blood of our Lord Jesus Christ and still be ungodly in attitude or action. Let me give you at least five (5) ways that anyone, including a believer can be considered, particularly by God, as ungodly. If you see that you are guilty of even one of these ways, stop right now, repent and renounce this behavior and cry out to God for mercy and forgiveness of being so guilty of such horrific sin against our Lord and Savior. May the goodness of God lead us all to repentance and an abhorrence of any of these things. Ungodliness: Living with little or no thought of God in our daily activities
Living with little or no thought of God’s glory
Living with little or no thought of dependence upon God
Living with little or no thought of accountability to God
Living with little or no thought of an intimate relationship with our God
What do you think?

1 comment:

Christopher Noell said...

this is so true because for me nowadays i cant even think about god as often as i want to because my heart is courrupted and i feel like if anything bad about myself because ive compromised my faith for sex but i havent had sex but i just hate the fact that todays society is just so lustful...it frustrates the crap out of me.