This short, yet convicting commentary is taken from the Life in the Spirit study Bible concerning Romans 1:32.
First let us review the Biblical text, then the commentary.
"Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them." Romans 1:32 1:32
HAVE PLEASURE IN THEM THAT DO THEM. Paul's last word on
general human sinfulness is God's condemnation of a condition even more damning than the practice, i.e., supporting , approving, and encouraging evil by taking pleasure in the immoral actions of others. This disposition is the ultimate in depravity-vicarious enjoyment of lust and evil. Sin becomes entertainment. (1) The word "have pleasure" (Gk. suneudokeo) means "are pleased with," "delight in," or "give approval to," and points to the casual enjoyment of the sins of others that prevails in human society.(2) Today we know that great harm is produced by the portrayal of immorality that dominates the entertainment media; yet many consent to it and derive pleasure from it. Being entertained by watching other people sin and engage in ungodly actions, even while you yourself abstain, brings you under the same condemnation of God as those engaging in such evil practices. Iniquity is intensified in an society where sin meets with no inhibition from the disapproval of others and where people enjoy watching it.(3) Hence, those (and especially those who profess faith in Christ) who use the immoral actions of others for entertainment and enjoyment are directly contributing to public opinion favorable to immorality and, therefore, to the corruption and eternal damnation of an indefinite number of other people. This sin is worthy of death and will be exposed and judged at the final day of judgment (2 Thess. 2:12).
"I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me." Psalms 101:3
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