THE GREATEST FOOL OF ALL
Today is April Fool’s Day, which some people call National Atheist’s Day; but the greatest fool of all is the Christian who says “No” to God and does the abominable works of the flesh.
“The fool hath said in his heart, [There is] no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, [there is] none that doeth good.” Psalm 14:1
THE WORKS OF THE FLESH - Galatians 5:19
Adultery - Illicit connection with a married person.
Fornication - Illicit connection between single or unmarried persons; yet often signifying adultery also.
Uncleanness - Whatever is opposite to purity; as in Rom_1:24; unnatural practices; sodomy, bestiality. [moral impurity]
Lasciviousness - Whatever is contrary to chastity; all lewdness. [pornography]
Idolatry - Worshipping of idols; frequenting idol festivals; all the rites of Bacchus, Venus, etc., which were common among the Gentiles.
Witchcraft - a drug or poison; because in all spells and enchantments, whether true or false, drugs were employed
Hatred - Aversions and antipathies, when opposed to brotherly love and kindness.
Variance - Contentions, where the principle of hatred proceeds to open acts;
Emulations - Envies or emulations; that is strife to excel at the expense of another; lowering others to set up one’s self.
Wrath - Turbulent passions, disturbing the harmony of the mind, and producing domestic and civil broils and disquietudes.
Strife - Disputations, janglings, or strife about words.
Seditions - Divisions into separate factions; parties,
Heresies - Factions; parties in the Church separating from communion with each other, and setting up altar against altar.
Envyings - “Pain felt, and malignity conceived, at the sight of excellence or happiness.”
Murders - Murder signifies the destruction of human life; and as he who hates his brother in his heart is ready to take away his life, so he is called a murderer.
Drunkenness - Taking more wine or any kind of inebriating liquor than is necessary for health; whatever unfits for public, domestic, or spiritual duties; even the cares of the world, when they intoxicate the mind.
Revellings - Lascivious feastings, with obscene songs, music, etc
And such like - All that proceeds from the evil passions of a fallen spirit, besides those above specified; and all that the law of God specifies and condemns.
of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do (Greek "practice") such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
Adam Clark's Commentary. Edited by Harold Kupp