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Sermon #5266

Moral Perversion

A Sermon on Isaiah 5:20


Isaiah 5:20 ESV KJV
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! (ESV)

Sermon Description

In this sermon on Isaiah 5:20 titled “Moral Perversion,” Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones talks about how today’s society is particularly contaminated with perverse sin. He describes how society is not merely indulging in evil but also calling it good; for example, he describes how society looks down on the value of the family and encourages the exploration of sexuality before, during, and after marriage. He describes how this is the common path of sin. Once someone is fed with “common” sin they are no longer satisfied with it but give themselves over to a more “uncommon” or “perverse” sin. Take the example of a drunk who has their fill of alcohol but cannot attain the same experience they once had. They will very likely seek after drugs which give more of a high than alcohol. The same is true of theft, sexual immorality, and any other sin that entangles a person. Moreover, Dr. Lloyd-Jones describes how increased sin and perversion is always met with the wrath and justice of God. Dr. Lloyd-Jones powerfully concludes that perverse hearts need rebirth, that they need new desires and new hearts. This change can only be done by God, through Christ, and in the working of the Spirit.

Sermon Breakdown

  1. The prophet Isaiah pronounced woes upon Israel for their sins, including moral perversion.
  2. Moral perversion was calling evil good and good evil, putting darkness for light and light for darkness, putting bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.
  3. The message was for Israel at that time, but the principles apply today. Sin has degrees, and sometimes becomes exceptionally sinful, leading to calamity.
  4. Moral perversion is worse than amorality. It is a complete denial and reversal of moral standards.
  5. Moral perversion can be seen in individuals, nations, and the world. It was seen in Israel, leading to their captivity. It was seen in the Roman Empire, leading to its fall.
  6. The "new morality" is not new. It is as old as the pre-flood world and Sodom and Gomorrah. The Bible predicts it will happen again before Christ's return.
  7. Sin never satisfies, so people turn to greater perversions. The perversions are unintelligent and contradictory. They show the power of sin and an uneasy conscience.
  8. The main causes are a failure to understand human nature, life's meaning, frustration, and aimlessness. People don't know they are made in God's image.
  9. This leads to disaster, judgment, and hell. But there is hope in the gospel, which provides forgiveness, a new heart, and new life.
  10. The gospel transformed the Corinthians and can transform anyone. It provides a holy, happy life of joy, peace, and purity.

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Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) was a Welsh evangelical minister who preached and taught in the Reformed tradition. His principal ministry was at Westminster Chapel, in central London, from 1939-1968, where he delivered multi-year expositions on books of the bible such as Romans, Ephesians and the Gospel of John. In addition to the MLJ Trust’s collection of 1,600 of these sermons in audio format, most of these great sermon series are available in book form (including a 14 volume collection of the Romans sermons), as are other series such as "Spiritual Depression", "Studies in the Sermon on the Mount" and "Great Biblical Doctrines". He is considered by many evangelical leaders today to be an authority on biblical truth and the sufficiency of Scripture.