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Does a Reprobate Mind Mean You Cannot Be Saved?

'For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:' Romans 1:20
In Romans Chapter One, the Bible teaches us that the WORLD itself is evidence that God exists.  Where did the world come from?  Where did the UNIVERSE come from? It came from somewhere.  SOMETHING created the world.  SOMETHING created the universe.  We can see that God exists from the fact that the world, that CREATION exists.

People who REJECT the fact that the world has a creator, that the universe is created, despite all the evidence, have a reprobate mind - a rejecting mind, that is a mind which rejects God.

Even thermodynamics tells us that something cannot be created from nothing

The First Law of Thermodynamics states,

The first law, also known as Law of Conservation of Energy, states that energy cannot be created or destroyed in an isolated system. (Source).

There are people in the world who aren't sure if there is a God. They're on the fence, haven't decided.  Of course, only a fool can reject the absolute, at least POSSIBILITY that God exists. Psalm 14:1b, 'The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.'

What is the 'Reprobate'?

The Reprobate is someone who REJECTS the existence of God.  Absolutely REJECTS the POSSIBILITY that God exists.  Of course, let's be honest, there IS NO such thing as an honest thinking atheist.

atheist
ˈeɪθɪɪst/
noun
  1. a person who disbelieves or lacks belief in the existence of God or gods.

No one can REALLY in HONESTY reject the possibility that God exists.  It's obvious that God exists.  Such a person rejects God, they have a rejecting mind.  A reprobate mind.

What are the symptoms of a Reprobate Mind

The symptoms are quite catastrophic, they're listed here:

"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; being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them."  Romans 1:26-32

The symptoms of a mind that completely rejects God are quite severe.  Among them are homosexuality, sleeping around, maliciousness, envy, debate, deceit, haters, proud, murderers, unmerciful.  The list goes on.

Take murder.  Show me an atheist who doesn't believe in abortion!  That is the murder of babies!  And, guess what, it's done without mercy!  Show me an atheist who thinks homosexuality is wrong?  And so forth!

They Reject God

These are the SYMPTOMS of a mind and body which rejects God.  Please note, in NOWHERE in these scriptures does God say He has REJECTED THEM!  NO NO!  It is clearly stated that they have rejected God!
"For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:" Romans 1:20
Again, this passage is about people who reject God. It's obvious that God exists, given the evidence from the creation of the world and the world - the UNIVERSE around us, and the end result of such a mind, is that which is what these people themselves want!
"because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened." 1 Romans 1:21
"... but have pleasure in them that do them." Romans 1:32b
Everyone knows that at least the POSSIBILITY of God existing is REAL.  Truthfully, every atheist makes a choice to reject God.  The Chapter describes the outcome of their CHOICE to reject God.

What this Passage is NOT Saying

This passage is NOT saying that God rejects THEM, it is saying that THEY reject God, and explaining the outcome of their hearts, minds and bodies in so doing this rejection.

It is NOT saying, like some people may say, that they cannot have a change of mind (which is metanoia, ie repent), it is not saying that they cannot finally believe.  It is NOT saying that, as some people would say, that for instance, homosexuals can't be saved.

It is NOT saying that God has rejected them, it is saying that THEY have rejected GOD!
“The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” 2 Peter 3:9
The truth of the matter is, that God wants everyone to repent, that is, to have a change of mind.  For us, our job is to witness to people, and not write people off, to witness to everyone we can, when and if the opportunity presents itself.

Homosexuals, 'Reprobates' Can be Saved

The passage in Romans Chapter 1 refers to people who have decided to reject the existence of God, it does not refer to people who God has chosen to reject!  As shown in 2 Peter 3:9, the Lord is not slack, but is longsuffering, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

Folks, God doesn't write anyone off, and if He somehow did, that's for Him to decide, and not us!  Our job is to witness to people, and if it be, God giveth the increase (1 Cor. 3:6.),

And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be graffed in: for God is able to graff them in again.” Romans 11:23
Let us put aside folly, hatred, and bickering, and instead, shine the glorious light of Christ, His precious Gospel, unto all men and women, regardless of their sins, for the Lord is not willing for any to perish, but to come to Him, to come to a change of mind - to come to repentance, and believe His glorious Gospel, for Salvation.

Let's put aside pet sins and hates, and hope to see as many as we can in Heaven.

Amen.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”  John 3:16
Anyone can change their mind! I myself moved from being almost an atheist .. might even have been one at some point, to being born again.  Amen to the saving power of the Gospel!
"For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth;"  Romans 1:16a

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