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by Dr. Kreighton L. Chan, Deacon

A sermon preached at the Baptist Tabernacle of Los Angeles
Saturday Evening, June 4, 2011

“And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually” (Genesis 6:5).

Last month Harold Camping predicted the day and the hour of Christ’s coming. When the day and hour came and went, it showed that Camping is a false prophet. Christ said,

“But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only” (Matthew 24:36).

But, in the very next verse, Christ said,

“But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be” (Matthew 24:37).

Christ told us that you cannot know the day or the hour of His coming, but you can know the general time. Christ said it would be like the days of Noah.

This generation is strangely similar to Noah’s time. The parallels between the days of Noah and our day are stunning.

What was it like in Noah’s day? I want you to turn in your Bible to Genesis 6:5. This verse gives a graphic picture of what it was like in the days of Noah. Let us stand for the reading of God’s Word.

“And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually” (Genesis 6:5).

You may be seated. There are two things we learn from this text.

I. First, God sees man’s wickedness.

God looked down upon the world in Noah’s day and saw that men were thoroughly wicked. God determined to judge the human race with a catastrophic flood, because mankind was wicked to the core.

How did that happen? When God made the first man, Adam, He made him after His image and after His likeness and made him “very good” (Genesis 1:31). But Adam sinned. That sin passed down from Adam to all mankind. Man became totally corrupt and wicked. The perfect man that God had created became a ruined sinner.

“And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually” (Genesis 6:5).

Most people do not understand why God judged the world. That is because you don’t understand the idea of sin and judgment. You think, “How could mankind be so evil that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually?” You say to yourself, “Can anybody be that bad and worthy of this judgment?” Were the people before the Flood worshipping idols, swearing, killing, committing adultery, stealing, and lying every moment of the day? So why were they seen as continuously wicked in the sight of God?

Their wickedness, like yours, is only partly described by sins that are committed. Your wickedness is more fully explained by what you are, a depraved sinner, a descendant of Adam. Your sins are symptoms of your depraved heart, which is in a state of continuous sin. The root cause of your sin is that you have a corrupt heart bringing forth the corrupted fruit of sin.

“A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit” (Matthew 7:18).

Again, Christ said,

“For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies”
       (Matthew 15:19).

Your corrupted, sinful heart can only produce sinful fruit. You cannot change that no matter what you do! The Bible says, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked” (Jeremiah 17:9). You have deceived yourself when you think you are not that sinful. You have been deceived by your own heart! But God knows your heart, and in His eyes you are just as sinful and no better than the people who were judged by the flood. And God will also judge you.

“For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away” (Matthew 24:38-39).

This was the behavior of man before the Flood. On the surface, it appears that they were only engaged in normal things, marrying, eating and drinking. They were certainly guilty of other sins, but they were guilty of the worst sin of all. They were guilty of breaking the most important commandment. Christ said,

“Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment” (Mark 12:30).

In all their bustling activities they had no time for God. They did not love God. They were not even thinking about Him. They were busy thinking only about themselves, about their own lives, to the exclusion of God.

“And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually” (Genesis 6:5).

Do you love God? Do you? Or is it true that you hardly ever think about God when you are alone? Did you ever feel that this is a sin? Did you ever feel that your heart is wrong? Did you ever feel that God sees things one way and you see them in another?

Are you more concerned about your grades than thinking about God? Are you more concerned about spending time with lost friends than being concerned about the salvation of your soul? Are you more concerned about psychologically analyzing yourself rather than thinking about your sin, and the judgment to come?

God sees this great wickedness in your heart, yet you do not feel guilty or ashamed. Without fearing the wrath of God there can be no feelings of sin, judgment, and Hell, and certainly no feeling of your need for Christ. Any awakening must begin with an awareness of God’s wrath – and an awareness of what God sees when He looks at your wicked heart.

“For the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart”
       (I Samuel 16:7).

When God looks into your heart He sees that it is swarming with sin. You are dead in trespasses and sins and you have no conviction of sin in your heart. And if you never feel the wickedness of your heart, there is no hope for you.

II. Second, God judges man’s wickedness.

When God looks at you He sees that you have the same heart as the wicked people He judged in the Flood. As the people in Noah’s day were judged, so will you be.

You are a natural man of the earth. You are unable to receive anything from the Spirit of God (I Corinthians 2:14). And so you remain unconvinced that you really are a depraved sinner deserving judgment in Hell. You have no real interest in the sermons and you let your mind wander. Any serious impression that you do have is temporary and is soon lost.

You only come to church because you have friends here. You are careful to behave and not to sin in front of others, but you have no fear of sinning in front of God who seeth “in secret.” You fear men, but you have no fear of God because you feel no sin against God. Christ said,

“Fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell”
       (Matthew 10:28).

You feel no fear of God who alone can destroy both your body and soul in Hell.

Your lack of thought about God is sinful. You have deliberately chosen not to think about Him!

“Therefore they say unto God, Depart from us; for we desire not the knowledge of thy ways. What is the Almighty, that we should serve him? and what profit should we have, if we pray unto him?” (Job 21:14-15).

In your view of life you have no room for God. You do not want to be reconciled to God and you do not want His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. That is because you feel no conviction of sin and feel no need for pardon. You do not want your life plans to be interfered with by Christ and the church.

Your willful and sinful choice of ignoring God and not coming to Christ will lead to your damnation in Hell.

“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” (Romans 1:28).

God may have given up on you already. You certainly risk being given over to reprobation if you remain as you are. God judged those in Noah’s day, and He will judge you. Your case is becoming more and more hopeless. Hell awaits you. There is no good thing that you can do to change the mind of God. You cannot dedicate yourself to God. You cannot surrender yourself to Christ. That will not save you.

There is no hope for you until you see yourself the way God sees you – a hopelessly lost and wicked sinner, deserving of Hell. But this will not happen except for the grace of God upon you. You must plead with God in prayer that He will be merciful to you and make you to feel this. You must be made to feel the weight of your sin and have godly sorrow over it. You must feel that it would be right for God to send you to Hell. You must be made to feel that there is no salvation apart from Jesus Christ. You must be made to feel that His Blood alone can cleanse your sin.

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by Dr. Kreighton L. Chan, Deacon

“And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually” (Genesis 6:5).

(Matthew 24:36, 37)

I.   First, God sees man’s wickedness, Genesis 1:31; Matthew 7:18;
Matthew 15:19; Jeremiah 17:9; Matthew 24:38-39;
Mark 12:30; I Samuel 16:7.

II.  Second, God judges man’s wickedness, I Corinthians 2:14;
Matthew 10:28; Job 21:14-15; Romans 1:28.