Why men are given over to idols (a god of their own making).

Great insights from the Reformed theologian Herman Hoeksema:  “Unregenerate man is not really sorry for his sin. On the contrary, he has his delight in iniquity. If only there were no evil consequences connected with the service of sin, if only he could sin with impunity, he would not worry about sin at all. But he is afraid of the results. He dreads the punishment of sin. He would like to escape death and hell. He likes to feel safe and secure in the service of sin… Man loves sin, but he dreads hell. And so he makes an attempt to escape the one while continuing in the other… However, there is only one conceivable way in which this attempt to sin with impunity could possibly be successful; or rather that one imaginary way is really quite inconceivable: God must be changed! And the sinful heart and mind do indeed make the bold attempt to change the living God. It is thus that the sinner tries to entrench and fortify himself in his sin! He makes a god of his own imagination after his own sinful heart, before whose face he can sin and feel safe. He invents his own god, an idol that is wholly like himself. He deprives God of his sterner attributes of righteousness and justice, and speaks of a god of mercy and love that will wink at sin and make the ungodly the object of his blessing. And thus he tries to quiet the voice of his own conscience, and partly succeeds to create for himself a sense of safety in the way of sin, until he meets the living God in the day of the revelation of his righteous judgment, and discovers that he believed a lie, that he followed after a delusion, and that the eternal God cannot be mocked” (Triple Knowledge, pp. 199-200).

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