THE REPROBATE MIND
“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.”
THEY WANTED IT
The word reprobate means unapproving or undiscerning. In the context of Romans 1:28, since certain people had suppressed the revealed truth of God and refused to retain God in their knowledge, consequently, for the third time in only a few verses in Romans one, it is said that God gave them up (over) to what they wanted all along. The consequences of this mindset were disastrous. The corrupt lifestyle that follows cannot be blamed on God. It is what they wanted. In effect, what God said was:
“If that is what you want, that is what I will let you have.”
AN UNABATED LIST OF SINS
In verses 29 through 32, the list of sinful indulgences is heinous. They are permeated and saturated with unrighteousness, iniquity, perversion, greed, malice, envy, jealousy, murder, strife, deceit, treachery, cruelty, backbiting, slander, hatred, including hatred toward God, insolence, arrogance, boastfulness, inventors of new evils, and un-dutifulness to parents. If one could open the reprobate mindset, you would find a garbage dump of perversion.
KING SAUL AS AN EXAMPLE
The Bible example I shall use for the compulsive-addictive or reprobate mind is King Saul. Doctor Lockyer accurately describes Saul as the
“…man who lost his kingdom.”
EVERY CHANCE TO BE A SUCCESS
No other Biblical figure had so many chances to become successful, and no man ever so missed them as King Saul. He was literally an abuser of his God-given opportunities. He began in splendour and ended in tragedy. His age-old story of pride, egotism and the abuse of power makes Saul the classic example of someone with an addictive-compulsive mindset.
ANOINTED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT
In his early years, Saul was anointed with the Holy Spirit (1 Samuel 10:6) and he expressed humility and self-control (1 Samuel 10:13; 10:22; 10:27). However, self-will restricted his influence (1 Samuel 15:11-23). He became insanely jealous of David (1 Samuel 18:8; 19:1). He outlawed witchcraft and yet became a participant in witchcraft and his tragic life ended in suicide (1Samuel 31:4).
The reprobate mindset is capable of every possible evil.
DR KRIGE AND HOUSE REGENERATION
This adapted content was extracted from A Biblical Approach to Psychotherapy authored by Dr Ado Krige, the Founding Director of House Regeneration, a South African drug rehabilitation centre offering a comprehensive discipleship training program. By applying principles of Biblical Therapy, using the Scriptures to teach, rebuke, correct, and train in righteousness, House Regeneration counsellors show anyone who has suffered from addiction how to fully understand why they do what they do and how to bring their belief systems in line with the Word of God.