Man’s dream, God’s curse

‘Course I’m respectable. I’m old. Politicians, ugly buildings, and whores all get respectable if they last long enough.

So says the evil Noah Cross in Chinatown. I think of that classic comment when I come across Hugh Hefner on TV. Once distastefully considered a libertine and pornographer, “Hef” is now just a campy, grandfatherly icon. Little shows the blatant depravity of men than a desire to be like him. How many see his idolatrous life as the American dream, a blessing among blessings? The truth is that such folly (Prov. 6:32-33, Rom. 1:28) proves one far more likely to be under God’s curse:

Prov 22:14 The mouth of forbidden women is a deep pit; he with whom the Lord is angry will fall into it.

He with whom the Lord is angry… How’s that for plain talk? Matthew Henry comments:

Those who abandon themselves to that sin give proof that they are abandoned of God: it is a deep pit, which those fall into that are abhorred of the Lord, who leaves them to themselves to enter into that temptation, and takes off the bridle of his restraining grace, to punish them for other sins. Value not thyself upon thy being in favour with such women, when it proclaims thee under the wrath of God. It is seldom that they recover themselves, for it is a deep pit; it will be hard getting out of it, it so besots the mind and debauches the conscience, by pleasing the flesh.

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