Willful Unrighteousness

In his letter to the Romans, Paul declares the following concerning the state of unrighteousness in humanity: 

“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them.  For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened.”[1]

In essence, he is saying that “what may be known of God is manifest” in all men, “for God has shown it to them.”[2]  When applying this truth to our evangelism efforts, we simply reinforce and build upon what God has already shown everyone, knowing that they suppress this truth through their unrighteous self-will.

In addition, all people inherently understand the attributes of God, but those unrighteous ones willfully choose not to glorify or thank Him, thus allowing their hearts to be darkened in their futile, self-focused thoughts rooted in fallible human wisdom.  Either way you slice it, this choice is one of willful unrighteousness. 


  1. Romans 1:18-21, NKJV.
  2. Romans 1:19, NKJV.

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