The Unregenerate vs. the Regenerate Man (Part 1)
I have titled this paper “The Unregenerate (not a Christian) vs. The Regenerate (a Christian)” because I feel it is of the utmost importance to express the sole differences between the two. So often in our cultures whether American, Ukrainian, Russian, or Chinese, the lines between these two become blurred. But we must be assured that our Lord Jesus Christ and His Holy Spirit were the same yesterday, today, and forever (Heb. 13:8 KJV). Therefore by the previous statement we can conclude that a regenerate person, though possessing different gifts and talents, has the same Spirit of God and therefore in like manner must live their lives by the conviction of the Holy Spirit and a love of Christ Jesus above all. But before we delve into the manner of the regenerate man, I will begin by explaining the very essence of the unregenerate man and all that his world encompasses.
The Unregenerate Man
I will begin by giving a simple definition of the unregenerate man. It is this… The unregenerate man is a man who knows not the personage of God and while having been shown by God the Holy Trinity in all of creation (Rom. 1:19-21) still chooses to forsake all wisdom and knowledge of the one true God, and while “professing themselves to be wise, they became fools” (Rom. 1:22). The bible uses a few single words to sum up the unregenerate man, words like, “wicked (Matt. 13:49), ungodly (Rom. 4:5), unrighteous (1 Cor. 6:9), evildoer (1 Pet. 4:15)…” God goes so far as to say in some cases they are an, “abomination” (Prov. 16:5), and He uses other phrases to describe unregenerate men in various parts of the bible as well, phrases like, “children of wrath (Eph. 2:3), children of the devil (1 John 3:10), servants of sin (Rom. 6:17)… enemies of God” (Rom. 5:10). We can see by these words, that in fact, as we were before salvation, so the unregenerate man still is, and God uses no lack of comfort in His words to describe them, but rather uses very provocative words, that we might not be deceived by the evil that is an unregenerate man’s heart, words that cut to the very core of fallen man’s being. But it is not simply that the unregenerate man does not know God, for God has made Himself known throughout all creation, but rather he hates God. The very word God or biblical Christianity or Jesus provokes in him a hostility towards the gospel. He is provoked by the very morals of God because they stand in direct opposition of all those worldly things he holds so dear. Tell a man you are a simple Christian, a Jew, a muslim, or a catholic and he might not bat a lash. Tell a man you are a slave to the Lord Jesus Christ, the Living Son of God and so the persecution begins.
Right now anyone reading or listening to this is probably dying to say that the unregenerate man does not actually hate God, he may not worship God or be a Christian, but he does not hate God. But our Lord has something very different to say about those people. John 3:19 says, “and this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.” The light is none other than Christ, the darkness none other than the kingdom of satan, the deeds of man wholly evil, and the love of man wholly devoted to that kingdom of darkness. It is further illustrated in John 8:44, “Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it”. And unregenerate men are those, “who changed the truth of God into a lie” (Rom. 1:25), thus making themselves liars and servants to the father of lies. And now we can see that the unregenerate man as a whole has satan as their Lord, and as Christ says, “He that is not with me is against me” (Matt. 12:30), meaning that the unregenerate man is openly set against God, there is a tension, an aggression towards Him, not merely a nonchalant attitude that sees God as an irrelevant deity that may or may not be real. So to quickly sum up, the answer to the question of, “Does the unregenerate man truly hate God?” is yes, he does, “because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so” (Rom. 8:7 NASB). If a man does not subject himself to the law of God then he is rebellious towards it. Rebellions happen because men disdain and hate those in power over them. So whether the unregenerate man wants to acknowledge the truth or not, he is at war and in open rebellion against God. But I think our Lord says it best, “they hated me without a cause” (John 15:25 KJV).
Now before we go any further I would like to give a brief overview of what will be in this paper. In the first part of this paper I have detailed the different aspects of life for the unregenerate man, and in the second part I have done the same with the Christian’s life. I have broken this first part into four main sections; money and charity, morals, the conscience and councils of the unregenerate man, and death.
But first I would like to let you know that although I stand in love of our Righteous God and His just condemnation of the wicked, we must also as Christians always do our best to show the utmost love in every situation.
We are called as Christians to love those unregenerate souls, for how could we not love them that hate God, for when we hated God and were his enemies, “we were reconciled to God by the death of his son” (Rom. 5:10). Yes brethren, although the unregenerate man may take many forms, from the loving old cat lady down the street, to the homeless man eating out of the dumpsters next to your house, to the rich man who’s gate Lazarus was laid at, to the murderers and pedofiles that fill our prisons, love them, love even the most wretched of men, love them with a love so bright even the darkest night could not quench it. Love them with a love that could pull a drowning man from the darkest depths of the ocean. Love them like Christ loves us. Yea brothers and sisters… love them as He who loves us.
Money and Charity
Let’s first begin with a look at the unregenerate man and his view of currency and wealth. To the unregenerate man, currency and wealth don’t only come in the common forms of paper and metal that we think of today. To the unregenerate man his own prideful thoughts can be just as valuable as the money in his pocket, his logic a vault of monetary treasure, his family an extension of his self-established righteousness, and his paper and metal currency as a means to provide and sustain those things. All of those things to an unregenerate man are an inexhaustible mine of wealth upon which he holds the value of his life. They are a spring of water from which flows the ability to be happy and live a fruitful life, they are “as an high wall in his own conceit” (v. 11). He says unto himself, “Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry” (Luke. 12:19). Without this wealth however, that river dries up and the man is left destitute. He thinks to himself that happiness is the means of being successful by way of a career and a paycheck, a house and a car, a family and the means to provide for them, a spirituality or logical way of thinking that puts himself as a knowledgeable and righteous person.
The paper, credit cards, and thoughts that carry the unregenerate man’s soul are to him as fine as gold, like polished diamonds to be coveted. They give him life and yet at the same time are the bane of his existence. The more money he earns and the more he relies on his own genius and wisdom, and the finer a family he thinks he has, the better a man he feels he has become and subsequently the prouder he is. Yea, I have met many a man who coveted their own wisdom more than the finest gold, and I have met many an unwise man who coveted their money and material as if it were the foundation of their happiness and the granting of royal status in life.
The wealth the unregenerate man has is like a newborn baby, to be cradled and cared for, to be kept in the family, never to line the pockets of another lest something be given in return whether it be material gain or the soothing of his own soul. It is his comfort and his joy, his meaning to life. The unregenerate man lives by the provision of wealth, material gain, and his own logical thought processes. But O how dangerous it is to have a love affair with money! That deceitful paper and metal that corrupts and decays, that carries with it all whims of evil upon its color! And O how foolish it is to look upon earthly treasures as white-washed pearls, when as the lilies of the field they are here today and gone tomorrow! Just look at the men on wallstreet who commit suicide the moment they lose everything, or the men who kill and rob banks… all for paper and metal, what worldly attitudes and what worldly men!
The unregenerate man trusts in his currency and loves his wealth. He stores up riches upon earth, whether in material or emotional satisfaction, and says to himself, “I will pull down my barns, and build greater” (Matt. 12:18), then he lays his heart to rest there, “for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also” (Matt. 6:21). He rests upon his wealth as a bird nestles into a nest high in a tree, never thinking a strong wind might come and blow it away. The unregenerate man lays his heart upon things that fade and decay with time, “where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal” (Matt. 6:19), and yet still he piles on more and more as if by some measure of the weight of his wealth he can gage his own righteousness. Generally, his love only goes so far as to include his immediate family, and at the end of the day he sits back, and with a relaxed breath he congratulates himself on having taught his children well and provided for them all the worldly things he didn’t have as a child, yet never having taught them how to nourish their eternal souls but instead storing up evil for them in the day of wrath to come that is the judgement. Meanwhile in the street men and women are starving, children are homeless and sick, dogs and cats litter the roads with fleas and shriveled stomachs. Far and wide death and destruction devastates populations in third world countries and famine kills by the thousands, and all the while the unregenerate man sits back, thinking to himself that he has done right because he has provided for himself and his family or has achieved a satisfaction with his comfort level in life.
But often the unregenerate spirit does reach out and help others. They may volunteer or donate money to charities, they may hold some type of event to raise money for a specific cause. But there is a difference in the charity of the unregenerate man and the Christian. The unregenerate man seeks to please himself and the world. He seeks to obtain righteousness and justification by charitable deeds, self-approval, and wide-spread validation. He says to himself, “I did something good, therefore I am a good person.” The Christian understands that, “the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life” (Titus 3:4-7). In those previous statements lies the very difference between the unregenerate and regenerate spirit. The unregenerate man does everything including his charitable deeds in the end to benefit himself, he thinks himself good because his good works outweigh the bad. The Christian understands that we are justified by grace and not works and that, “whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ” (Col. 23-24). And there we have it, the unregenerate man serves the kingdom of darkness and self-righteousness, and the regenerate man serves the Lord Christ.
Personal anecdote: I once saw a specific charitable organization in Ukraine, I won’t mention who or what it was. But when I saw all the wonderful things being done at this organization I thought to myself that the people in charge must be Christians, with that kind of giving and charity, they must love Christ. But When I spoke to the person in charge and asked them why it is they do all these great and noble things, they replied to me that it just made them feel good about themselves. They said that when they do those things it just makes them feel good inside. And there we have the unregenerate mindframe, “I will do good, so long as it has a benefit to myself.” We can see that the unregenerate man’s statement is a direct contradiction of what is shown as true Christian charity:
By this verse we know that in fact any charity not done on these terms or that is done simply to benefit oneself is not charity at all. It is evil. It seeks its own and not the salvation of others. To be quite honest it is pure evil. It is deceitful to help others while secretly doing it only to gain something yourself. The Lord did not die so we could rage and imagine vain things.
We also see that Paul says that charity, “is not puffed up” (v. 4). This word used here “puffed” comes from the greek word “physioō (fü-sē-o’-ō)”, meaning to be inflated or blown up. The word we use most often to describe this is pride. The unregenerate man prides himself on his good works. As the ship sinks he throws a line to one man while thousands around him drown. He then rows his lifeboat to safety and lets men praise him and takes delight in it while dead bodies float lifelessly in the sea behind him. The unregenerate man thinks that one good deed amidst a life of evil will somehow save his soul. His first priority is always… himself.
The unregenerate man often reminds me of a wolf, and the more I learn about wolves the more I liken them to the unregenerate man. A wolf is driven by a primal instinct for self preservation. A dog on the other hand has a master. The dog loves his master and there are many many breeds out there that will not only protect, but happily lay down their lives for their masters as a Christian would for his Lord. The wolf on the other hand will by any means necessary, save himself. Caught in a bear trap he will chew his own leg off to get out. When food is scarce often wolves will feed upon the oldest and weakest of the pack to survive. I watch farmers who must put spiked collars around their livestock guardian dogs. Even-know these dogs are twice the size of a wolf, farmers say that self preservation with wolves is so great, they will rip and tear a dog’s throat out, they will fight by any means necessary to survive. As the unregenerate, the wolf’s first priority is always… himself.
There is only one person that can save our souls my dear friends, and that is the Lord Jesus Christ and the belief in Him. The belief that He is the living image of the Father. That all the prophets who foretold of Him were true. To believe that He died and rose the third day and now sits on high clothed in majesty at the right hand of God Almighty. This is where redemption lies. Brothers and sisters, seek it out and take it if you don’t have it. Let not another day of unregenerate living come and go without crying out to the Lord of the Living.
The next bit I wish to speak about is the morals of an unregenerate man. But before I dive into the blasphemies that are the morals of the modern world, I would like to take a look at some very descriptive words God uses to describe the unregenerate man.
I know sometimes these words are hard to hear. Often we say to ourselves, “well I know a couple people who aren’t Christians but they are really good people. They’re not at all what Paul describes here in his letter to the Romans.” But God is not merely describing a portion of unrighteous men, he is describing the whole lot of them. I’m sure in Noah’s day there were some men and women who “seemed” to have a decent heart, yet they were not spared. And we should not want it any other way. In fact, we should bless God for the very fact that He is a Righteous Judge. How could the Judge and Creator of the world have mercy on them who reject His Holy Sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross, and how shall the Judge of the world not recompense those who spend a lifetime never once glorifying God but instead seek self-righteousness unto death through a set of worldly morals conceived by worldly men who take stock in worldly things and justify themselves through worldly means. Carnal men beget carnal men and God’s mercy and longsuffering kindness endureth, His hands stay outstretched towards those evil men. But on the day of judgement those hands will be taken back and He will do exactly what scripture says He will do. He will judge them according to their deeds (Rom. 2:6). The very fact that God keeps His judgement back and lets the unregenerate live in their ungodly ways is the very testament to His good nature. Therefore it is our duty as Christians to shine a light to those unregenerate men through our faith and the overcoming of the world, “for therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith as it is written, the just shall live by faith” (Rom. 1:17).
The just shall live by faith (the Christian shall live by faith and a belief in Christ Jesus), and everything they do shall be done in faith. As Paul says, “whatsoever is not of faith is sin” (Rom. 14:23). The man who lives by faith and belief in the Lord Jesus Christ shall be justified. The atheist with a good heart and a perfect moral compass will not be justified. The muslim who never hurt a Christian will not be justified. The Jew who believeth not on the Messiah Christ Jesus will not be justified. Your kind neighbor who puts food out for the stray dogs every night will not be justified. Nay, only those who follow the Lord with all their heart, mind, body, and strength shall be justified. Therefore we see that the unregenerate man has no justification in the sight of the Lord and his only means of salvation is Jesus Christ. But I begin to digress.
Now I shall return to the morals of the unregenerate man. The English Oxford Dictionary has two definitions for the word “moral.” The first is, “to be concerned with the principles of right and wrong behavior” (“Moral” 2021). Well, this sounds ok. It sounds decent, people trying to be good. But then it follows with the second part of the definition, “based on your own sense of what is right and fair, not on legal rights or duties” (Ibid). And there we have a very unregenerate definition of the word moral given to us in the most widespread language by the defining Oxford Dictionary which holds precedence as one of the world’s foremost and prestigious English dictionaries.
But what else can we expect from the unregenerate world? If I were to liken the morals of unregenerate men to an analogy, I would have to consult my bible. I would tell you that the morals of men are like the waves of an ocean, delivered to and from, from shore to shore, wheresoever the wind bloweth. They change like the tides, and as the waters pull back and recede, so the ocean floor and all that lays beneath it is seen until that wave of moral tide comes back and covers it again.
Like those tides that recede and show the ocean floor, a man’s morals show the inner workings of his heart. Tear away his flesh and bones and see that his morals are nothing more than the dead bodies and corpses of fish and sealife rotting beneath waves on the ocean floor. His morals are a facade, seeking to deceive, seeking to show he is something he is not. Does he seek to justify himself while condemning others thus making himself a hypocrite? Does he seek to show that he is slow to tongue while in his mind speaking leasing of others, thus making him a liar? Just turn on the television and watch proud politicians parading a set of morals and ideas, sometimes those that even coincide with God’s law, then backbiting those words the very moment the majority thought in the population changes. Abortion is evil so the moral man says, but when the mojority persecute him for his belief, he quickly recants the former and his morals change. Homosexuality and fornication is unatrual and displeasing to the Lord, but let the persecution come and those very unrighteous acts become nothing more than acts of love and not of burning lusts.
A man’s morals seek to please. He seeks an audience to show the world that he is just, that by the means of thought and his brain’s processing capabilities he has thus conceived the be all end all way to righteous living. And then a year later he changes, never once considering a price has already been paid in full for his soul, and should he desire with his heart to finish the race to a perfect system of morality he need look no further than Christ crucified.
A man in prosperity will wear his morals as does a knight in armor, but take away that prosperity and he sheds his morals like a slithering snake sheds his skin, seeking his next meal at whatever cost, by whatever means necessary. An unregenerate man’s morals only go so far, but still as seen before, self-preservation takes the crown in his life and ultimately his morals are nothing, they are as clouds without water.
The unregenerate man wears his morals like a broadsword at his side, looking for any chance to unsheathe it and let the light reflect from its metallic surface onto others. In this modern world that sword is sometimes the morality of a vegetarian that commands others to abstain from meats (1 Tim. 4:3), not knowing it was their own sin that brought those animals unto death and that the wages of sin is death. Sometimes it’s a social justice activist that calls bible believing Christians backwards and immoral. Sometimes it’s the general populace disrupting the godly institution of marriage (ibid). Sometimes that moral sword unsheathes and slashes at the men of God, laying cutting blows of bigotry and intolerability upon them, declaring them foolish and old-fashioned, traditionalists who are too racist or homophobic to open their eyes to a modern world of love and peace and the moral obligation to tolerate the very abominable sins God has deemed worthy of hell.
The morals of men decay, sometimes slowly, sometimes fast, but in a perpetual state of decay they remain. Men may learn the morals of God from Christian family members, or from traditional grandparents, but without the Holy Spirit maneuvering their ship through those waves and keeping them from being washed ashore by the those bothersome tides those morals will decay until the smell is nothing but a putrid petri dish, emitting the foulest stench that will have its end in fire.
When the country of the United states started we saw a precedence put upon Judeo-Christian values. We had many issues to fight along the way, but Christian morals were seen as virtuous and seemingly without persecution. Those morals were slowly worn away as weak-willed men gave into the popular thought. Now America is the foremost advocate of same-sex marraige, transgenderism, drug-culture, abortion, atheism, every abominable act of sin or herisy you can think of now begins in my beloved country and spreads like wildfire across the globe.
O how the morals of man fade away with time like memories of old! like the bread that sits on the counter, becoming stale and moldy with every passing minute, like the milk of a cow souring in the sun, destitute of any real constitution or practice in what’s real, nothing but a bee without a hive, a lantern without a light, a man without Jesus Christ!
If I were to take all the morals of unregenerate men from across the world and pile them together and examine them I would have nothing but a universe in chaos, without form and void, needing the Holy Spirit Himself to hover above and form something righteous and meaningful, something lasting and perpetual… To form a Christian.
Conscience and Councils
Now let’s take a look, one more examination if you will of the conscience of the unregenerate man and the councils he so abides in. When it comes to a man’s conscience, he searches not for truth, but for the backing of his own preconceived notions. He asks questions seeking to reassure himself in an answer he has already created in his own mind, thus soothing his already condemned soul. An unregenerate man’s conscience is only as good as the flesh around it for it is still bound to it. It has not yet died to it. If the flesh is weak so is the conscience, and everything that happens to the conscience is a result of weak and sinful flesh.
The flesh of an unregenerate man is a glass vial that holds poison, and that poison is death, and nought but the Lord Jesus Christ can change that black, foul liquid into rivers of living water, to morals founded on a godly precipice. Without the Lord Almighty a man’s conscience is seared by a hot iron into his lustful flesh, unable to be ripped from it except by grace, mercy, and the Word of God.
Now let an unregenerate man answer this: What council can a man bound for death and the fires of gehenna give unto the sluggard and slothful? Who are they to seek wisdom from below when He who hath created them unto His purpose stands above in heaven. They are but ants upon the earth, mindless drones whose council is the devil himself. For every man that has not the Son has not the Father, and he who has neither Father nor the Son is a child of he who will burn, therefore the family of council the unregenerate so resides in is of his father, that serpent of old, the devil himself. Be not mistaken nor take wise words without heed from a man who is not a child of your heavenly Father, for his wisdom comes from his own demonic family.
I once listened to a very interesting debate on the existence of God held at Oxford University in England. One of the main speakers opposing the existence of God came to the stage and began by telling the crowd that he had previously been an ordained evangelical preacher for nineteen years, that he had always felt the presence of God and the power of the Holy Spirit during that time. He then went on to say that after reviewing the evidence of God and Jesus Christ he was led through a process of deconversion. He looked to his own logic, took his own council, and proceeded to follow the council of men and was thus led to “truth”, the truth of evolution and atheism.
We can see that the unregenerate man looks upon creation and sees the things created, and while knowing God and the power thereof, he chooses to worship the creature rather than the creator (Rom. 1:25). As men of old chose to worship birds and beetles, statues and stones, the modern man worships the creature of evolution and the councils of men who serve the religion of atheism. They gather at wonderful balls and ceremonies and congratulate each other on achievements in their field. But what are they really congratulating each other on? They act as though by their own logic they have warred against and defeated a God who was never really there.
They are as the fool who “hath said in his heart, There is no God” (Ps. 14:1), not knowing it is the goodness of God that lets them utter each blasphemous word they speak against Him. They promote their false doctrines of science and act as though they are the keepers of true wisdom and knowledge and that they are the council of counsels, the scientific sanhedrin of the modern world by which all knowledge of God will fall short of traversing their walls. They act as though Christianity is nothing but a feeble wooden ladder that men try to climb to eternity so as to soothe their worried hearts from an inescapable death and the nonexistence that comes after said death. They act as though their own truths they have come to in their brief moment upon earth, in their blink of an eye existence, are a stone monument with which can never be moved even by wind and sea, and that by somehow teaching you this knowledge, by counciling you in these doctrines of devils they are saving you from the religious stupidity of believing in God.
The unregenerate man seeks truth in places untruthful, he looks for an answer that will satisfy his belly but not his soul. He opens his ears to other men with knowledge who pass that knowledge from person to person through books and articles, histories and genealogies, sciences and mathematics. He looks to the elders of science and worships their wisdom as if every word that came from their lips was a proverb lettered in gold and etched on a silver platter. He looks to history books as if the men who wrote them spectated the events in them and chronicled them without any bias or ulterior motives. He looks to the learned men of times past, ancient men of old, men of renown whose works are kept as shriveled and worn papers in museums and whose bodies are decrepit corpses rotting in tombs, the same men who burned in lust and sin until their end, whose works will pass away and whose souls will burn forever. The unregenerate man nourishes himself in all the false promises of worldly wisdom and knowledge and in the end he does nothing but store up wrath for himself for the day of wrath that is the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ (Rom. 2:5).
The last thing I wish to speak upon is the unregenerate man and his view of death. Where the Christian has only one idea of death, the idea of death in the unregenerate man takes the form of the hydra, when one idea falls short two more pop up. They conceive of death as a complex riddle to be solved, yet at the same time they recognize bodily death and the death of consciousness. They understand that there is something separate from the flesh living inside each and every one of us. To the atheist it is a mixture of chemicals and signals inside the brain, to the other religions it is a soul, but nonetheless they see the difference in the two and still they war against death as if by understanding it they can defeat it, as if by knowing what the end is it will somehow make it more peaceful. Some think life is nothing more than an inescapable ride towards nonexistence, the absence of anything… darkness. They are right, into outer darkness they shall go. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth (Matt. 25:30). There they will drown in sorrows and sin and all the while they will cry out at God and blaspheme His holy name never looking to their own foolishness at having denied the presence of God in all of creation.
At the end some unregenerate men may die in a calm peaceful bliss, having left behind what they think is some sort of lasting legacy. They may die with peace at having known they are leaving behind a fortune for their children. Some may die triumphantly on the battlefield in glory and honor for their country. The atheist may die with the thought that he has defeated those foolish Christians in all his papers and books and crafty speeches. But look to the unregenerate man dying on his deathbed and I will tell you a different story. Look deep inside his mind as he takes his last few breaths. Look into his mind as he gapes for air and wheezes out what life he has left. Look into his eyes as he understands he is at the doorstep of death and he realizes something must await him on the other side. See how his eyes strain as the knowledge of truth comes closer and closer. If you were to project his mind onto a wall you would probably see something of a circus, so many different thoughts and feelings racing around. Fear, pain, suffering. That endless thought of, “What if I was wrong? What if God is real?” I hear many stories of unregenerate men calling priests and pastors to their side as they die. They think it like an insurance policy in case they were wrong. But the fact they must take out that insurance policy shows they were never truly convicted in their own thoughts and practices but lived their lives for their own selfish purposes, and at the end they seek to take the crown of eternal life, as if by some words a priest utters over them they will obtain it. Perhaps some will if they truly have the heart and mouth of repentance and reformation. Or perhaps they are only crying out for their own selfish reasons. Even still, let God be the judge.
I conclude this paper now with the reiteration of a few thoughts. One, the unregenerate man is selfish (2 Tim 3:2). He is self-willed. His life existence is a means to complete his own selfish will against his own selfish morals. Two, the unregenerate man is prideful and vain (Ps. 39:5) “verily every man at his best state is altogether vanity”. Whether he shows the vanity outwardly or keeps it buried within, the vanity is the glue that keeps his flesh together. Thirdly, he loves himself, he is covetous and proud, he is without natural affection, unholy, and he is a lover of pleasures more than of God (2 Tim. 3:2). Once again I must reiterate this very important point… the unregenerate man is in love with himself and only self-willed. And lastly, the unregenerate man is a fool and all of his worldly wisdom considered foolishness with God (Ps. 14:1; 1 Cor. 3:19). All the wisdom and counsel he has gained without God can be blown away with the slightest breath. His wisdom and knowledge shall be stomped and trampled upon as he meets his Maker. The unregenerate man is nothing but a compass that no matter where he aims, the needle always points back at himself. He is as the snake in the garden… He is the enemy of God.
- The hearts of men are vile and wicked, wretched and rotten,
- Show a man an unwanted thing, and thoughts swirl as to how he might cast it out,
- His heart is like an hungering wolf, seeking flocks from the farm,
- A man’s outside enticeth like a golden chalice, yet does poison pour forth from his cup,
- Be wary of the man who confesseth promises and deeds to be done by future means, for it is he that shall backbite those words unto treachery,
- Be cautious of the hearts of men, for they devise wicked plans unknowingly, they sit with scorn and jealousy in their hearts and a broad smile across their face,
- With blood on their hands they mock and grin, eyes brazen with lust and a mouth full of venom,
- Their house hath no foundation, its timbers are rotted and the brick unheated,
- They are a snake in the grass, slithering forth towards death.
Blessed be our Lord Jesus Christ forever and ever whose mercy can save even the most evil of men… Amen.
“Moral.” moral_1 adjective – Definition, pictures, pronunciation and usage notes | Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary at OxfordLearnersDictionaries.com. Accessed February 15, 2021. https://www.oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com/definition/english/moral_1?q=Moral.
By: Benjamin Jackson
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