Divine Judgement and the Meaning of Reprobate Mind

In a recent interview, Brannon House of Worldview Weekend asked Dr. John McArthur, pastor of Grace Valley Community Church in Sun Valley, California to share his thoughts about the declared goal of the New Apostolic Reformation to retake America's culture. It's nonsense, said McArthur, who explained that he believes America is under Divine Judgement, which means that its' spiritual sickness is beyond the abilities of men to heal and restore: “I believe America is under Divine judgment, and I’m not saying that just as a whim....Romans 1:18 says, the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all unrighteousness of men who hold the truth in unrighteousness. Okay, if we took America and asked, did we have the truth? We had the truth, yes. But we have held the truth in unrighteousness, getting increasingly unrighteous. So what is the wrath of God against us? Well, it defines it in verses 24, 26 and 28. “He gave them over,” “He gave them over,” “He gave them over.” This is not eschatalogical wrath, this is not eternal wrath, this is not sort of consequential wrath (sowing and reaping), this is not cataclysmic wrath, like the flood or like a tidal wave, this is the wrath of abandonment. God gave them over...And you see a sequence. When this wrath acts – and according to Acts 14 He allows all the nations to go their own way, so this is the cycle of human history – when this wrath is in action, the first thing he says is, God gave them over to fornication. The first thing that happens, you will notice a sexual revolution, you will notice that sexual behavior will begin to be accepted outside of marriage. Then he says in verse 26, He gave them over to homosexuality, women with women doing that which is unacceptable, men with men, and it even talks about getting the due results of their sin, which would be something like AIDS. So you can tell when a society has been turned over by God, abandoned: first, there’s the sexual revolution, that’s the 60′s, the whole Playboy sexual deal, the hippie culture, then you get a homosexual revolution. Then verse 28, God gives them over to a reprobate mind. Now nobody can think straight, and all the stuff that follows out of that. I think that’s what we’re seeing in America. You’re not gonna overpower God’s judgment on this country at that level.”

(Dr. John McArthur: I Believe America is Under Divine Judgement, http://patriotsandliberty.com/?p=17746 )

McArthur briefly describes a sequence of downward-spiraling events more completely described by early Church Father Athanasius in "Against the Heathen." Athansius describes these events as not occurring one after the other but rather concomitantly, that is, in company with one another but beginning with pride:

"A haughty spirit led them to make light of higher things, and deliberately disregarding what they knew to be true they began to seek in preference things in the lower or natural dimension. Thus they fell into worship of self, sexual pleasures and acquisition of status and things to the living God and higher things."

Pride goes before a fall and a haughty spirit (heart, mind) before destruction, meaning reprobate mind. The downward progression is into ever more evil, and the truth as to evil said Athanasius,

"....is that it originates, and resides, in the perverted choice of the darkened soul" which, "materialized by forgetting God" and engrossed in lower things, "makes them into gods," and thereby "descends into a hopeless depth of delusion and superstition," whereby "they ceased to think that anything existed beyond what is seen, or that anything was good save things temporal and bodily; so turning away and forgetting that she was in the image of the good God, she no longer... sees God the Word after whose likeness she is made; but having departed from herself, imagines and feigns what is not (and then) advancing further in evil, they came to celebrate as gods the elements and the principles of which bodies are composed...." (Against the Heathen, New Advent)

So men---whose spirits (minds) were darkened and souls materialized---fell into naturalism, or as it is called today, scientific materialism. Naturalism is the delusional belief that there is neither living God nor heavenly realm. It is of the worldview of monism which is held in common by materialism, pantheism and spiritualism and dates back to pagan antiquity and was or is taught by all non-biblical thought systems.

A necessary companion of naturalism is the abandonment of belief in the transcendent God and Higher Truth, which means there is no source of truth higher than and independent of spiritually-darkened man. This means there is no escape from the relativism of man and his inflated pride, disordered feelings, lust, covetousness, envy, hatred, paranoia, and delusion, as the measure of all things.

During the Enlightenment the darkened mind of man led to the following evils: the conceptual murder of the living God, the sealing off of the supernatural dimension and the elevation of mindless Nature to the supreme reality. The doctrine of original sin was abandoned and replaced by the notion that whatever man does, whether he kills or saves, hates or loves, is promiscuous or chaste is controlled by forces of nature.

With only the natural realm of the senses held to be real, supernatural Christian theism declined, the reprobate but omniscient mind of human-gods arose, and pagan materialistic science and evolutionary thinking declared that man was descended from the ape. With knowledge limited to the sensory realm, man's spiritual attributes — soul, mind, conscience and volition — were soon lost in an endless cycle of reductionism and determinism. Man, created in the spiritual likeness of his supernatural Creator was lost. In his place stood the soulless human ape, an accidental emergent product of evolution and earth material.

Since evolution implies continuous change then immutable (unchanging) truths do not, and cannot exist, therefore there is nothing immutable in the Bible or the Church....or for that matter in Americas' Declaration of Independence, Constitution, Bill of Rights and Rule of Law. All are subject to change, for in that naturalistic monism conceptually dissolves the living, transcendent Christ into nature, everything becomes imaginatively infused with impersonal divine spirit, power, intent, determinism (fate), and motion. Hence the Bible and Christian theism are also alive and in process of evolutionary change, and must in fact be changed.

Concomitant to this is the insane notion that all religions and belief systems are true because a divine-force of nature suffuses and energizes all things. By extension of this perverse reasoning, Gaia (Mother Earth) is alive, and Gnosticism, Satanism, Wicca, Theosophy, Vedanta Monism, and Sharia are true. This is syncretism (moral relativism), the uniting of good and evil, truth and lie, the holy and the unholy.

The consequences of moral relativism are catastrophic, as R.J. Rushdoony makes clear:

"Now syncretism is destructive of the human mind, of rationality...(A) man who wants to unite good and evil...has lost the capacity for clear thinking. His mind is darkened, clouded, fuzzed over, and incompetent....Man, by presuming to be god, has by that act destroyed the possibility of true thinking; from so radically false a premise, no valid conclusion can follow." (Rushdoony quoted by Lee Duigon, "Why Is Rick Warren Waffling?" Chalcedon)

Syncretism---the final redoubt of the reprobate mind, the completely darkened mind of Gollom, of which Samwise said:

"There's not but lies left in him, Mr. Frodo."

The reprobate mind---source of the spirit of madness that is turning America upside-down.

@Linda Kimball