When God Turns Away
A Sermon on Acts 7:42-43
But God turned away and gave them over to worship the host of heaven, as it is written in the book of the prophets:
“‘Did you bring to me slain beasts and sacrifices,
during the forty years in the wilderness, O house of Israel?
You took up the tent of Moloch
and the star of your god Rephan,
the images that you made to worship;
and I will send you into exile beyond Babylon.’ (ESV)
Just when we think the world couldn't get worse, something terrible happens! There will always be those who blindly think trouble will evaporate and the world will become a better place. Through human thought and ethical reflection, they believe the world is slowly but surely becoming more and more civil and peaceful. This is progressive view is founded upon faith in human nature and human goodness. But as Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones proclaims from Acts 7:42-43, this is fatally flawed because it does not have an accurate and biblical view of human nature. While humanists see human nature as good or indifferent to evil, the Bible says all men are sinners by nature and under the wrath of God. In fact, the whole world is under the righteous judgment of God. For God has warned that there is coming a great day of wrath when He will judge all men for their sin and rebellion. God will finally and ultimately reject sinful men who do not submit to his Law. He will turn away from those who do not believe. But he has also provided a means of salvation from this great judgment. He sent his only begotten son, Jesus Christ to die upon the cross so that sinful men would not have to suffer the eternal damnation of God. For all who repent and believe will be saved and made children of God.