"Sez Who?"

J. D. Conley
January 10, 2016

Yale Law Professor Arthur Leff talks about "the grand sez who?" He argues that if there is no God, then there is no universally accepted source of authority. Such a position ultimately means there is no concept of right or wrong. Genocide is wrong? Sez who? Armed robbery is wrong? Sez who? Rape is wrong? Sez who? etc.

But in Romans 1:16-32, the apostle Paul tells us exactly who determines what is right and what is wrong; and He has the power to judge.

Verses 18-23 inform that everyone is under condemnation for doing as they please, instead of obeying God. His wrath will be meted out against "all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men" (v.18). The reality of Divine judgment is evidence that man is not His own judge. Man cannot sin with impunity.

Verses 24-32 set forth that God's wrath is displayed by His allowing people to live and suffer with the consequences of their sinful actions. Eventually, this will lead them to the eternal fires of hell. Committing high-handed sin brings about the worst of both worlds. It causes God to "give them up" vss.24, 26, 28. It brings upon the sinner the consequences of their hedonistic conduct, "...receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet" v.27. Oftentimes, those who live sexually promiscuous lives must suffer the diseases that follow such reckless behavior. Not only will people suffer now for their sinful choices, but they will suffer eternally apart from repentance and forgiveness, (Acts 2:38). The seasonal pleasures of sin (Heb.11:25), are not worth it!

Verses 16-17 Thankfully, these verses supply the solution to the judgment of condemnation! The solution, the only solution, is the gospel (the Good News) of Jesus Christ. Salvation is extended to everyone who believes! True faith in the gospel will lead one to obey it. Faith will lead one to repent of their sins (Lk.13:3), confess Jesus as God's Son, (Mt.10:32), and be baptized for the forgiveness of sins (Mk.16:16; Acts 2:38). Then as a new creature the choice will be made to live faithfully until death (Rev.2:10). Jesus says, "He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day" (Jn. 12:48).

Have you submitted to Christ? Or are you living by the foolish mantra of "sez who?"