God's Wrath Against the Woke

This study is based on the sermon titled God's Wrath Against the Woke
 by Matthew Maher below. This sermon is part of our Romans 12 State of Mind Within A Romans 1 State of Culture series.

Sermon Study

In his sermon titled "God's Wrath Against The Woke," Pastor Matthew Maher delves into Romans 1:18-23, discussing the profound implications of humanity's rejection of God's truth. Pastor Maher explains that the devil thrives in darkness and deception, manipulating lawlessness to blur moral boundaries. As humanity suppresses the truth, they open themselves to ungodliness and unrighteousness, invoking God's wrath. This wrath is revealed through various stages, from consequential and circumstantial to condemnatory and cataclysmic. John 3:36 starkly contrasts the outcomes for those who embrace the Son and those who reject Him, emphasizing that God's wrath remains where His truth is denied.

Pastor Maher highlights the intrinsic connection between creation and the Creator, as outlined in Romans 1:20 and Psalm 19:1-4. The visible world reflects God's invisible attributes, leaving humanity without excuse. When people attempt to dismiss the evidence of God in creation, they not only reject His truth but also His divine authority. This rejection leads to a degradation of thought and a darkening of hearts, a process that manifests in society's increasing pride and defiance, such as the misappropriation of the rainbow symbol originally signifying God's covenant of forgiveness.

To navigate a culture that defies biblical truth, Pastor Maher encourages believers to adopt a "Romans 12 State of Mind," focusing on transformation through the renewal of the mind rather than conforming to worldly patterns. Christians are called to practice "insulation" rather than "isolation," meaning they should remain engaged with the world while upholding and exemplifying God's truth. This approach helps believers resist cultural pressures and stay rooted in their faith.

Discussion Questions

  • Reflect on Watchman Nee's quote: “The devil abhors light and truth because these remove the ground of his working.” How does this perspective help us understand the importance of maintaining truth in our lives?

  • How do Romans 1:18-19 help us comprehend the link between the suppression of truth and the onset of ungodliness and unrighteousness? Discuss the different stages of God's wrath (Consequential, Circumstantial, Condemnatory, Cataclysmic). How does John 3:36 illustrate the contrasting fates of believers and non-believers?

  • In what ways do Romans 1:20 and Psalm 19:1-4 demonstrate the relationship between visible creation and God's invisible attributes? What difficulties arise when people try to dismiss God's presence in creation?

  • What are the dangers of claiming wisdom while rejecting God's truth, as described in Romans 1:22-23? How can this lead to societal and personal degradation?

  • How can Christians sustain a "Romans 12 State of Mind" in a "Romans 1 State of Culture"? What does it mean to practice "insulation" rather than "isolation" in a world increasingly opposed to biblical values?


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