We are living in morally depraved times. We are far removed from the Judeo-Christian morality upon which this nation was founded. We have gradually sunk into a cesspool of moral degradation to where as a nation we are drowning in our own filth. There comes a time when a people can become so engrossed in their own vile affections that the Bible says, “For this cause, God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient (proper)” (Romans 1:26-28).
Paul writes there can come a time when a people can reject and suppress God’s revealed truth (Rom. 1:18) until He turns one over to a “reprobate mind” or a depraved mind (Rom 8:28). What is a reprobate mind? Before looking in depth at what it means, a reprobate mind refers to those whom God has rejected for their purposeful rejection of Him and their continual embracing of their godless depravity, and as a result the Lord turns them over to the inevitable destructive consequences of their own vile affections and sin. In other words, those turned over to a reprobate mind will be left alone to eventually be destroyed by their own moral depravity. This can happen to individuals or nations.
Let us examine Romans 1:28 a little more closely and examine Paul’s play upon words in using the word “reprobate.” Though not retained in English, this play of words when understood shines great light upon the text. Again, verse 28 reads, “And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient (proper).” Paul says those who have given themselves over to file affections “did not like to retain God in their knowledge.” The words translated “did not like” comes from the Greek word “dokimazo” which means “to put to the test for the purpose of approving, to put one’s approval upon something or someone, to declare as worthwhile.” The word “dokimazo” was used to speak of testing metals or coins to see if they met the proper specifications and passed the test for approval. Paul says there are those who put the God of the Bible to the test as to whether or not He meets their specifications and meets their approval as to being a god of their liking. Since they would rather embrace their vile affections and depravity, they reject the Moral Law Giver of the Universe as not meeting the specifications which they have laid down for a god who would be of their liking. Since the God of heaven doesn’t meet their approval, they refuse to approve Him as worthy of submission, worship, or to retain Him in their knowledge. Since the Creator of the Universe doesn’t meet their liking, they reject him.
Paul goes on to say in verse 28 that those who determine that the Moral Lawgiver of the Universe doesn’t fit their approval and reject Him, He turns them over to a “reprobate mind.” The word “reprobate” is from the Greek word “adokimos.” In the Greek language when an alpha (a) is put in front of a word it makes it a negative. So, the word adokimos means “unapproved, not meeting the test, not accepted; that is, that which is rejected because it is worthless.” The word adokimos came to be used to speak of that which was literally worthless or morally worthless. “Reprobate” means “tried and found wanting, and therefore cast away as worthless.” The play on words is clearly seen. Those who have given themselves over without restraint to vile affections, and have announced the Moral Law Giver doesn’t meet their approval or meets the test as to being a god of their liking, thus reject Him. As a result, God gives them over to drown in their own moral corruption and are themselves in the end rejected as not meeting the approval of a holy God.
So when Paul begins verse 28 with the words “even as” he is saying just in like proportion you reject God because He doesn’t meet your approval as to be a God to your liking, in the end you will find you are rejected because you don’t meet His approval. The degree of God’s rejection corresponds exactly to the degree of man’s willful rejection of God. It is truly sad when an individual or a nation rejects God to the place they have become hardened in their sin “to do those things which are not convenient (proper)” (Romans 1:28).
It is abundantly clear we are living in such a time when as a nation our leaders have given themselves over “to do those things which are not proper” and are clearly contrary to the moral laws of the Moral Law Giver of the Universe. Our current leaders continue to choose the path of moral depravity in regard to abortion, homosexuality, transgenderism, gender identity, the dismantling of traditional marriage between man and a woman, pushing Equality Act, and moral perversion of every kind. By declaring the God of Judeo-Christian morality as to not meeting their approval as being the kind of god they would like, they are sealing their own fate and the fate of this nation. I wonder if is too late, for is it is not in the DNA of our current leaders to make any decision that favors Judeo-Christian morality, but every decision made results in us as a nation descending lower into the depraved cesspool of moral perversion. The outcome is clear to those paying attention, if we continue on the moral path we are currently on we will be allowed to be washed away in our own flood of moral perversion.
The choice is open to us all. Either we retain God in our knowledge and commit ourselves to His will and ways, or we put Him out of our minds and are given over by Him to our depravity, and receiving divine disapproval, allowed to drown in our sin. We cannot be neutral. The sands in the hourglass are running out quickly
9 thoughts on “WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE GIVEN OVER TO A REPROBATE MIND?”
The Lord has really blessed you Danny. Thank you for every reflection I have read!
Thank you. Your words are most kind. And the Lord has truly blessed me beyond any words I could express
Thank you for pointing out that play on words; I had never heard or noticed it before, but it really sheds light on the passage. Would you say that, at least in this passage, God’s action of giving these people over to a reprobate mind is IN RESPONSE to their rejection of Him? Thanks again. This is the first time I’ve visited your blog.
I always wonder how I can see what is going on in the world and others just seem to just plod along like nothing is amiss. It’s very frustrating. If you speak out, you are labeled a conspiracy nut or worse. Thank you for posting this, I plan on sharing it.
A great thought, dear sister Kelly. Scripture holds the answer for you, of course. God’s inspired Word in our KJV Bible clearly teaches us that, “…the natural man receiveth (refuses to receive continuously) NOT the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: NEITHER CAN HE KNOW THEM, because they are Spiritually discerned.” (1 Corinthians 2:14)
It should really thrill and encourage your dear soul, sister, that you can see these things clearly, while so many others seem blind to the issues. Only the regenerate (born again) soul/mind are blessed of God with such sharp discernment and wisdom.
Every blessing in Christ Jesus,
Dr Cornelius K. McClinton
Well, said, Sir. The doctrine of Reprobation is one which the natural man would blot out of Scripture and condemn as being ‘too hard to believe’. As a full 5 Point Calvinist Christian believer, I encounter continual oppositions, many from professing Pastors and ‘Christians’. Many have become perpetual ‘babes in Christ’, and can only stomach the ‘…milk of the Word…’; thus, they don’t understand Scriptural ‘meat’, and toss the baby out with the bath-water to their own detriment. Sad.
Keep right on preaching/teaching God’s truth, dear brother Dan.
Dr Cornelius K. McClinton
I THANK GOD FOR MEN THAT STILL SPEAK THE TRUTH. THE TRUTH WILL JUDGE US ALL AND IN THE END TRUTH WILL WIN OUT. THE LORD IS SO VERY PRECIOUS AND PRICELESS AND SWEET AND I AM THANKFUL FOR EACH AND EVERY ONE BOTH ALIVE AND PASSED ON THAT LOVE HIM. HE IS OUR BLESSED HOPE, ALL THE HOPE WE HAVE IN A DYING WORLD. HE IS THE FATHER OF ALL OF US AND IT IS HEARTBREAKING HOW SOME OF HIS CHILDREN TREAT HIM. HE IS OUR PARENT AND DESERVES ALL THE LOVE AND RESPECT AND WORSHIP THAT IS IN THIS WORLD.
Amen, sister Shirley! “The Truth will judge us all and in the end the Truth will win out.”
And WHO is this Truth, dear friend? “Jesus saith unto him (Thomas), I am the way, THE TRUTH, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me.” (John 14:6)
Bless this thought to your regenerate heart, dear sister, and hold fast to Bible truth at all times, the days of opposition to Bible-believing Christianity are increasing daily, my friend Victory in Christ’s Blood! Amen.
Every blessing in Him, sister,
Dr Cornelius K. McClinton
Brother No Doubt that the Lord has blessed you with great interpretations. I thank God that I stumbled upon your blog for you have only confirmed and further defined the evilness of worldly people in our times. Thank you for adding to my Ministry as I teach and preach on the platform of Boom Boom Room officially at all media platforms may the Lord’s blessings rest upon you according to the will of the father peace