“Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,” —Romans 1:22
Sinful, fallen, unbelieving descendents of Adam profess or assert themselves to be wise, but they became fools. From the original Greek text, they literally act moronically. They may call themselves atheists or agnostics or scientific, passing themselves off as intellectuals, using the intangible things that can only come from God, such as logic, reason, deduction, &etc. There are some that try to profess some sense of intelligent thought by suggesting the foolish, stupid, and moronic claim that there are no absolutes, “…and therefore,” they say, “there could not be an absolutely holy and transcendent Being that exacts absolute justice upon unrighteousness.” Yet, they appear to be absolutely certain about this claim.
A First Grader, however, can tell you that 2+2=4. It always has; it always will. That’s about as absolute as it gets. It never changes. It is an absolute constant in the universe.
God created the universe with exact precision. He created it with reason, design, and purpose, using such absolutes as 2+2=4; the likes of such absolutes these philosophers never take into account that, were it not for 2+2=4, they wouldn’t be able to get to their next lecture flying from Chicago to New York.
How did they become fools? They suppressed the truth in unrighteousness (1:18) by being filled with pride. Pride basically is man saying to God, “I know better than You.” That is what the text says here as these sinful men profess themselves to be wise. And although Proverbs 16:18 tells us that “Pride goeth before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall,” the sin of pride has its origin in another sin: Covetousness, which is idolatry.
LISTEN TO THE SERMON preached on this text on August 2, 2009 at Sovereign Grace Baptist Church.
CLICK HERE to read the previous article from Romans 1:19-20, “Without Excuse.”