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IS MANKIND THE PRODUCT OF THEIR ENVIRONMENT?
Jeremiah 17:9

Jeremiah 17:9- "The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked":

                                                      
Modern psychology and Sociology courses teach that criminals are produced by Socio-economic conditions but God said it was a problem with an ungodly heart! Secular Text Books imply that man kind is a product of his or her environment. They conclude that a murderer is the result of socio-economic conditions; a rapist is a product of being sexually abused, a welfare recipient is the product of having been economically suppressed and I suppose that would also mean that a Terrorist was at some point terrorized!

I had a
brother who was murdered in 1973- after which the Black Man admitted that he murderer him at trial but his likewise Black attorney charged the jury , "You can't convict this poor old uneducated Black man".

My question is-
when did it become a reality that education, race, or economic status excuses sin, [murder in my brother's case]? They sentenced the Black man to six months in the county jail. When the murderer was released, he moved to one of our northern states and committed another murder and finally was murdered himself. God's justice is binding however. The scripture tells us in Galations 6:7- "Whatsoever a man soweth that shall he also reap".


1- The Terrible Problem.

(1)- The heart is naturally wicked.
Jeremiah 17:9- "The heart is deceitful above all things; and desperately wicked: who can know it?"

(2)- The natural man has the devil for his father.
John 8:4 -
"Ye are of your father the devil, and the lust of your father ye will do. He was a MURDERER from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in
him".

2- The AwsomeTruth.
O
nly God can know the heart and he has declared them all desperately wicked !

(1)- Mankind is a sinful by nature.
We inherited sin from Adam and Eve.
Romans 5:12-
"as by one man sin entered into the world, and  death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for all have sinned:"


(2)- Mankind is sinful by choice.
JOSHUA 25:15
-
"Choose you this day whom you will serve".

(3)- Mankind is sinful by practice.
James 4:17- "He that knoweth to do good and doeth it not, to
him it is sin".


3- The RealTragedy.
Sinful man is on a collision course with hell.

Psalms 9:17- The wicked shall be turned into hell and all the nations who forget God".
(1)- Man is not in control of his destiny outside of God's grace as many suppose.
Ecclesiastes 8:8-
"
There is no man, that hath power over the spirit; neither hath he power in the day of death; and there is no discharge in that war; neither shall wickedness deliver those that are given to it."

(2)- Man has an appointment that he must keep.
Hebrews 9:27-
"And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:"

(3)- Sin has pronounced a sentence upon all mankind.
Ecclesiastes 8:13-
"But it shall not be well with the wicked, neither shall he prolong his days, which are as a shadow; because he feareth not the Lord".


4- The God Rejector'sTermination.
Hell is waiting for all those who reject God.

(1)- Hell is an all inclusive place for those who do not know the Lord.
2 Peter 2:4- "
For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment;"
2 Peter 2:9- "The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day od judgment to be punished":

(2)- Hell is a real place where real people go where there is real agony!
Revelation 14:11- "And the smoke of
their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night".


5- The HopefulTurn.
There is hope in Christ.

(1)- No one is saved without repentance.
Acts 3:19-"Repent ye therefore and be converted that your sins might be blotted out".
(2)- No one can be saved without asking for it.
Romans 10:13- "Whosoever shall call upon the Lord shall be saved".

(3)- No one is refused when they come to Jesus for salvation.
Jesus said in John 6:37- "He that cometh unto me I will in no wise cast out".


CONCLUSION:

My conclusion is that a person's character is not a product of their environment but a condition of the heart. I have known some of the best moral people who happened to be economically poor and I have known some wealthy individuals who had everything handed to them on silver platters who turned out to be murderers, rapist, God haters, Terrorist and more. Our schools of higher learning, [those of a secular nature in particular] need to re-evaluate their curriculum and put the Bible back as the only guide line and produce some scholars who know God for who he is and themselves for who they are and just maybe we could begin to see things turn around in America. God can not bless a Godless society and even Church going believers suffer from the consequences of it.

There is a place just outside Anchorage Alaska called, "THE TURN AGAIN ARM", and that is what is needed in our society! We need a TURN AGAIN experience. Even christians need to get back to God's word and make it a basis for our lives. Most of us Christians can quote the chapter and verse but until we obey it; it is worthless unto us!
2 Chronicles 14:12-
"If my people which are called by my name shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and TURN from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land."

(1)- For the unsaved the TURN AGAIN EXPERIENCE IS Repentance- To Turn From Sin Unto God.
Acts 3:9-
"Repent ye therefore and be converted that your sins might be blotted out".

(2)- For salvation a person needs to ask for it. Romans 10:13-" Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved ".

(3)- There are none too far gone for God's grace to forgive them and none too dirty to be cleansed by the blood of the crucified one!
Isaiah 1:18- "Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be white as snow".
Please trust Christ today and make a public confession of what God has done for you. Unite with a good bible preaching congregation where you can grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord.



BY JAMES T. TYSON SR.