We’ve talked often on this show about the increasing upheaval and downright craziness in the world today, as what was once universally considered right or good is now called “evil” and what was once looked at as “wrong” is now widely accepted as “good”. But a few weeks back a headline appeared that was so shocking in its “matter-of-fact” depiction of how far immorality has taken hold in our society, it’s had all of us wondering how it came to this, and is there any stopping the degradation of morals in our society?
Table Talk Notes
How did it come to this?
Let us offer a few important components to the shift.
- Evolutionary thought: we’re nothing more than animals
- Replaced objective standard (God) with subjective (whatever feels right at the present time)
- Public Education System: since at least the early 1900s, have sought to indoctrinate our youth into statist philosophy, denying any Superior Power than itself, and teaching us what to think instead of how to think.
- Intentional undermining of the family and especially women’s roles
- Planned Parenthood: Margaret Sanger—in 1914 begins her campaign promoting birth control to women using the slogan “No Gods, No Masters”. Founds what would become Planned Parenthood in 1921.
- NOW’s push for equality has women forsake the traditional role of morality, marriage and raising children for sexual recklessness and climbing the corporate ladder.
- Births to unwed mothers: CDC 2013 report shows numbers are down, but Hispanic women are still 53.2 percent and African American women 71.4%–which is 3 times higher than the rate in the mid 60’s.
- Fully 85% of all black children in poverty are in single-parent (mother-child) homes, vs. only 2 percent in two-parent black homes where both parents work (Source)
- Indoctrination into gender confusion
All these increase dependence on the State (Government)
But what could God’s Word say about all this?
Romans 1:18-32 | For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things. Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen. For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error. And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done. They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. Though they know God’s righteous decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them.
Isaiah 5:20-24 | Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter! Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, and shrewd in their own sight! Woe to those who are heroes at drinking wine, and valiant men in mixing strong drink, who acquit the guilty for a bribe, and deprive the innocent of his right! Therefore, as the tongue of fire devours the stubble, and as dry grass sinks down in the flame, so their root will be as rottenness, and their blossom go up like dust; for they have rejected the law of the Lord of hosts, and have despised the word of the Holy One of Israel.
2 Timothy 3:1-7 | But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people. For among them are those who creep into households and capture weak women, burdened with sins and led astray by various passions, always learning and never able to arrive at a knowledge of the truth.
Matt 24:9-13 | “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and put you to death, and you will be hated by all nations for my name’s sake. And then many will fall away and betray one another and hate one another. And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray. And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold. But the one who endures to the end will be saved.
Good read: Judge Robert Bork’s book Slouching Towards Gomorrah, written in 1996
Definitions of Love
Merriam-Webster: “a feeling of strong or constant affection for a person; attraction that includes sexual desire; the strong affection felt by people who have a romantic relationship”—note the emphasis on feelings and chemistry
- Eros: love, mostly of the sexual passion
- Phileo: to be a friend to (fond of [an individual or an object]), usually between equals; that is, have affection for (denoting personal attachment, as a matter of sentiment or feeling; of the heart; specifically to kiss (as a mark of tenderness): – kiss, love.
- Storge: love, affection, especially of parents and children; the common or natural empathy—rarely used in ancient works, often exclusively a description of relationships within a family
- Agape: the unconditional love of God for His children; to love (in a social or moral sense); involving the judgment and the deliberate assent of the will as a matter of principle, duty and propriety: of the head rather than of the heart; Thomas Aquinas: “to will the good of another”—charity (benevolence, giving and expecting nothing in return.)
Society is obsessed with eros. Both phileo (to be a friend to (fond of [an individual or an object]), that is, have affection for (denoting personal attachment, as a matter of sentiment or feeling: of the heart) and agape (is wider, embracing especially the judgment and the deliberate assent of the will as a matter of principle, duty and propriety: of the head) are based on choices—only Agape is the completely self-sacrificial unconditional love.
‘dode’ meaning “to boil”
In Song of Solomon:
‘aheb’ meaning “have affection for”
Matthew 19:3-9 | And Pharisees came up to him and tested him by asking, “Is it lawful to divorce one’s wife for any cause?” He answered, “Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.” They said to him, “Why then did Moses command one to give a certificate of divorce and to send her away?” He said to them, “Because of your hardness of heart Moses allowed you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so. And I say to you: whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery.”
1 Cor 6:12-20 | “All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be dominated by anything. “Food is meant for the stomach and the stomach for food”—and God will destroy both one and the other. The body is not meant for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. And God raised the Lord and will also raise us up by his power. Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? Never! Or do you not know that he who is joined to a prostitute becomes one body with her? For, as it is written, “The two will become one flesh.” But he who is joined to the Lord becomes one spirit with him. Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body. Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, 20 for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.
Song of Solomon 8:6-7 | Set me as a seal upon your heart, as a seal upon your arm, for love is strong as death, jealousy is fierce as the grave. Its flashes are flashes of fire, the very flame of the Lord. Many waters cannot quench love, neither can floods drown it. If a man offered for love all the wealth of his house, he would be utterly despised.
Erosion in Morality not just about sex… (Read)