The View From 1776
Monday, April 26, 2010
God Condemns The Natural Man
The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities
Verse 18 above (“The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth…”) contrasts with verse 17 (For in the gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.”)
In his continuing exposition of the foundational Christian doctrine in the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Romans, Pastor Dan Gardner (Assembly of God Church, Cohocton, New York) used the term “natural man” to describe secularists who steadfastly deny our Creator God.
The natural man looks into the mirror and sees his god: himself, the egotist for whom there is no higher power than his own mind. The natural man is he who, like Protagoras (quoted in Plato’s Theaetetus), declared, “Man is the measure of all things,” meaning that there are no independent, transcendent standards of right and wrong, that every person is free to make his own rules.
Natural man found great comfort in the 1920s and afterwards in the mind manipulation hypotheses of Sigmund Freud. In Civilization and Its Discontents (1930), Freud wrote that the problems of western civilization arose from conflict between morality and deep-seated sexual desires. The result was debilitating guilt; the solution was to junk morality and come to terms with one