God says, “I judge with an eye toward repentance;
I watch to see if you will turn to Me.”

[SW078] 02/03/2013 message notes by Rev. Susan J. Wynn ©2013
“Hearty Approval of Sin”

This is a rebuke for the Church from the Lord, pure and simple.

God says, “I judge with an eye toward repentance;
I watch to see if you will turn to Me.”

Romans 1:21 (NIV)  For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to Him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.

Romans 1:22 Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools,

Romans 1:23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles.

[Today, they are their own gods, with their own desires ruling them, fashioning God into their own image, worshiping what their own hands have made.]

Romans 1:24 Therefore [because they suppressed/withheld the truth, verse 18,
here are the consequences]

God gave them over [3860 delivered them up, handed them over, gave them up, put them in prison]

in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity [He delivered them up to their own lusts which imprison them] for the degrading of their bodies with one another.

Romans 1:25 They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things [themselves]  rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.

Romans 1:26    Because of this,

God gave them over [3860 delivered them up, handed them over, gave them up, put them in prison] to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones.

Romans 1:27 In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion.

Romans 1:28   Furthermore, since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, He gave them over [3860 delivered them up, handed them over, gave them up, put them in prison] to a depraved mind [96 a mind rejected and morally worthless, a castaway, shipwrecked], to do what ought not to be done.

Three times, the Spirit-inspired Paul says “God gave them over!”
The Spirit repeats phrases to drive truth into our hearts!

Paul then describes the behavior of those with depraved minds:

Romans 1:29 They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips,  30 slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents;  31 they are senseless, faithless, heartless, ruthless.

Romans 1:32 Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them. [NASB “they give hearty approval” — a much more accurate translation! It is 4909 in Strong’s — loudly vigorous and cheerful approval of these things, being in union with the thinking of those who do such things.]

NOTE: Chapters were thoughtfully but sometimes incorrectly set by men; there are no chapters in the original text.

The beginning of Romans 2 should really be part of Romans 1. The “Therefore” in 2:1 shows that Paul is still on the same subject as in the first chapter of Romans.

Now, to the NASB . . .

Romans 2:1   Therefore you have  no excuse,   everyone of you who passes judgment for in that which  you judge another [that is, heartily approving of their sin],

you condemn yourself; for you who judge practice the same things

The Spirit-inspired Paul means that giving hearty approval to ANY sin
is as bad as doing that sin yourself,
in God’s eyes.

Therefore, when you give hearty approval to sin,
you sin by encouraging sinners to remain under God’s wrath,
and you condemn yourself.
You encourage sinners to remain
on the broad and wide path to destruction.
You contribute to their eternal destruction
by not warning them.

God considers your hearty approval as sinful as homosexuality!

B.H. Clendennen once said that in hell, everyone is bent over in woe. But some crawl about, lifting others’ heads, saying “No, that’s not the one. No, that’s not the one.” They’re looking for the pastor or pew-sitter who encouraged them to continue to sin.

Romans 2:2 And we know that the judgment of God  rightly falls upon those who practice such things.

So they are under judgment, and you encourage them to remain there.

Romans 2:3 But do you suppose this,  O man,  when you pass judgment on those who practice such things and do the same yourself  [encouraging them to continue in their sin] that you will escape the judgment of God?

Therefore, you who are being “tolerant” and “loving”
are helping Satan populate hell.
And you will not escape the judgment of God.


Romans 2:4 Or do you think lightly of  the riches of His  kindness and  tolerance and  patience, not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance?

God says, “I judge with an eye toward repentance;
I watch to see if you will turn to Me.”

Romans 2:5 But  because of your stubbornness [4643 callousness against the conviction of the Holy Spirit]

and unrepentant heart [279 one that refuses to turn away from sin and toward God]

you are storing up wrath for yourself  in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God,  6  who WILL RENDER TO EACH PERSON ACCORDING TO HIS DEEDS . . . (Jeremiah 17:10)

Isaiah 5:20 Woe to those who  call evil good, and good evil;
Who   substitute darkness for light and light for darkness;
Who  substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!

Lamentations 2:14 Your  prophets have seen for you
False and foolish visions;
And they have not  exposed your iniquity
So as to restore you from captivity,
But they have  seen for you false and misleading  oracles.

Jeremiah 23:16   Thus says the LORD of hosts,
“ Do not listen to the words of the prophets who are prophesying to you.
They are  leading you into futility;
They speak a  vision of their own  imagination,
Not  from the mouth of the LORD.
17 “They keep saying to those who  despise Me, [by sinning against Me]
‘The LORD has said, “ You will have peace”’;
And as for everyone who walks in the  stubbornness of his own heart,
They say, ‘ Calamity will not come upon you.’
18 “But  who has stood in the council of the LORD,
That he should see and hear His word?
Who has given  heed to  His word and listened? . . .
21 “ I did not send these prophets,
But they ran.
I did not speak to them,
But they prophesied.
22 “But if they had  stood in My council,
Then they would have  announced My words to My people,
And would have turned them back from their evil way
And from the evil of their deeds.

The Lord says, “Once again My people are being misled,
but they themselves are responsible to know the truth.

“The Word of God is available to all, but no one cares to read My words.

“And I have sent My prophets to them, but they vilify them and persecute them, just as in the days of Isaiah and Jeremiah.”

Jeremiah 25:3 “From the  thirteenth year of  Josiah the son of Amon, king of Judah, even to this day,  these  twenty-three years the word of the LORD has come to me, and I have spoken to you   again and again, but you have not listened.  4 “And the LORD has sent to you all His  servants the prophets  again and again, but you have not listened nor inclined your ear to hear, 5 to listen to the words of  My servants the prophets, whom I have been sending to you  again and again, but you have not listened . . .

God’s Holy Spirit searches your heart today!

Jeremiah 17:10        “I the LORD search the heart
and examine the mind,
to reward a man according to his conduct,
according to what his deeds deserve.”

O leaders of the Church, O Christian,
the Lord’s promise to you is this
IF you make Him the One you praise,
if you who sin turn to Him while it is still today,
if you who encourage sin turn away from doing so:

Jeremiah 17:14  Heal me, O LORD, and I will be healed;
Save me and I will be saved,
For You are my  praise.

He will come to you,
He will heal you,
He will save you,
He will cleanse you,
He will free you,
He will fill you with His Holy Spirit!

But FIRST, you must TURN!
The Lord grieves over the naming and claiming of His promises
by the disobedient!

The Lord grieves over what we do in the name of  “love” and “tolerance.”

He grieves over those who teach such things!

TURN, and He will heal you, BUT NOT UNTIL YOU TURN.