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Wednesday 24 April 2019



The mind is that faculty of man by which he is able to distinguish between good and evil. It is that faculty of man by which he can distinguish between truth and lie, between righteousness and unrighteousness. Not only does the mind distinguish, but it also has the faculty that counsels the will. We might say that the mind is our moral attorney. It tells us what we should do and what we should not do. This is the function of the mind. But a reprobate mind is sold out. It refers to a mind that has been put to the test and has failed. It is a mind that has been condemned and rejected. It is a mind that does not function properly. The proper function of the mind would be to distinguish between what is good and what is evil. Having distinguished between what is good and what is evil, it is the function of the mind to persuade the will to determine that which is good. The function of the mind is not only to distinguish between good and evil, it is also to persuade the will to determine what is according to the will of God.

A reprobate mind functions perversely. Supposed that one must give testimony in a certain case. A reprobate mind distinguishes between what is the truth and what is the lie concerning this case. But at the same time this mind compiles all kinds of lies and persuades the will to tell that which is the lie. That is a reprobate mind. A reprobate mind is a mind that distinguishes between good and evil, but persuades one to determine that which is evil. Of this mind the apostle is speaking.

I could not imagine what was promised to Rotimi Amaechi that would make him kill fathers, mothers, brothers and sisters in the name of election
He killed his own blood for APC to win. You will be more surprised to know that the Nigerian Army which supposed to be the first law keeper is the one supervising the dastardly killings. Since he thought it foolish to acknowledge God, He abandoned him to his foolish thinking and let him do things that should never be done. His life became full of every kind of wickedness, sin, greed, hate, envy, murder, quarreling, deception, maliciousness and gossip. He is a backstabber, hater of God, insolent, proud, and boastful. They invent new ways of sinning, and they disobey their parents. They refuse to understand, they break their promises, are heartless, and have no mercy.

A reprobate, debase or foolish mind does not only include a sexually perverted mind or a mind without God but also a mind with the following attributes: wickedness, sin, greed, hate, envy, murder, quarrelling, deception, malicious behaviour, gossip, backstabbers, haters of God, insolent, proud, boastful, disobedience to parents, Refusing to understand the truth of Gods word, breaking promises, heartless or lack of conscience, merciless, one who is ruined; one who has made moral shipwreck.

But it would not be a surprise to see Amaechi behaving this way, when a full grown man woke up one day and decided to change his name to look more original, yes, I know Rotimi was never an Igbo name but he added it to his name to make him more of Yoruba than Igbo, because as for him Igbo is not worthy to be his clan.

To this reprobate mind, God gave him over. This “giving over” is not meant in a passive sense. The word does not mean, “to let go.” God cannot let things go. A God who lets things go, we do not fear. But the word means that God takes the sinner and delivers him up to corruption, or to change the figure, pushes him down from corruption to corruption.

God is the doom of the sinner.

When they say that God gave man over to a reprobate mind, that is, when God gave him over to such moral judgment, the meaning is not that God made his judgment corrupt. His judgment is already corrupt. The mind is already corrupt, when man refuses to glorify and thank God. It is already the judgment of a reprobate mind that changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image of corruptible man and of beasts. God had already given him over, when he fell into all kinds of bestiality. But the text means that God gave man over to bear the fruit of sin to its fullest extent in every relation of life.

There is a working of God in man’s soul, in his mind, in his will, in his desires. This working is a working of wrath. God works in his mind in wrath. In what way? He causes his mind to bear all the possible fruits of sin. Just as the scripture said, God gave man over to a reprobate mind. The result is that he begins to bear every possible fruit of corruption, so that he becomes filled with every possible unrighteousness. He does not become totally corrupt. The result is what we saw at Igweocha during some weeks back, Igweocha people were being killed like fowls for no reason. But he bears every possible fruit of unrighteousness.

Rotimi Amaechi fought with all his strength to win Igweocha for APC but God totally disgraced and disregarded him, he even lost in his own pooling to tell him he is a disgrace to his people. When God influences the thistle, it bears fruit. When God influences the good tree, it brings forth good fruit. When He influences the corrupt tree, it brings forth corrupt fruit. When God influences the sinner, he becomes filled with every form of unrighteousness.

May God help!

Written by Obulose Chidiebere

Edited by Emilia Domendu
For Family Writers Press

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