Corruption is simply defined as rottenness and depravity.
Speaking through His word, He makes it clear that corruption is descriptive of physical blemishes, physical decay, moral decay and external ruin.
Physical blemishes are well covered in Malachi 1:14 and James 5:1-6 “Cursed is the cheat who has an acceptable male in his flock and vows to give it, but then sacrifices a blemished animal to the Lord. For I am a great King” says the Lord Almighty and my name is to be feared among the nations! Also, James 5:1-6 says “Come now, you rich, weep and howl for your miseries that are coming upon you! Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are moth-eaten. Your gold and silver are corroded, and their corrosion will be a witness against you and will eat your flesh like fire. You have heaped up treasure in the last days. Indeed the wages of the laborers who mowed your fields, which you kept back by fraud, cry out; and the cries of the reapers have reached the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth. You have lived on the earth in pleasure and luxury; you have fattened your hearts as in a day of slaughter. You have condemned, you have murdered the just; he does not resist you.”
Physical decay is explained in the word of God in Mathew 6:19-20 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal”.
And the word of God entreats us to command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is eternal life” – 1 Timothy 6:17-19.
Moral decay encompasses, all that wickedness which engulfed every life in Sodom and Gomorrah and God looked upon the earth, and behold, it was corrupt for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth” – Genesis 6:12. The judgment which followed this moral decadence is no secret “then the Lord rained down burning sulfur on Sodom and Gomorrah from the Lord out of the heavens. Thus, He overthrew those cities and the entire plain, including all those living in the cities and also the vegetation in the land” – Genesis 19:24-25.
Corruption is also descriptive of eternal ruin “Do not be deceived; God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit from the Spirit will reap eternal life” – Galatians 6:7-8.
CAUTION:-Let it be noted here and now that like Sodom and Gomorrah, the Lord has caused His team to issue a Spiritual Legislation against the wicked of the nations. Indeed all the nations of the world. If wickedness persists, this Legislation will be released upon the wicked.
Corruption is characteristic of the unregenerate men and the apostates.
- Unregenerate – To understand unregenerate it is better to explain what it is not, that is to say the process of regeneration. Regeneration has as its basic idea “to be born again or to be restored”. It is a spiritual change wrought in people’s heart by an act of God in which their inherently sinful nature is changed and by which they are enabled to respond to God in faith.
Regeneration is therefore an act of God through the immediate agency of the Holy Spirit’s operation in man (Colossians 2:13), originating in him a new dimension of moral life, a resurrection to new life in Christ. This new life is not merely a mental state arising out of forgiveness of sin, but a positive implantation of Christ’s righteousness in man, by which he is quickened – John 5:21, begotten according to 1 John 5:1 made a new creation according to 2 Corinthians 5:17 and given a new life according to Romans 6:4.
It involves an illumination of the mind, a change in the will, and a renewed nature. It extends to the total nature of man, irrevocably altering his governing disposition and restoring him to a true experiential knowledge in Christ.
It is those who have not gone through this spiritual transformation of their moral life who are the unregenerate. It is this class of people who could be corrupt. It is a cardinal responsibility of the regenerate to lead the unregenerate unto this new life of transformation so that they could also shun corruption in all its shades and ramifications.
In actual fact, corruption is not supposed to be heard of in the Church or among believers. The church and the believers, pastors, ministers of the gospel of Christ should be hard on corruption in the nations of the world.
- The Apostate – Another class of people who could indulge in corruption is those who have wandered away from the truth – 2 Timothy 2:18. These are people who rebel against God and His righteousness.
In all cases it behooves on the Church to preach integrity and pray it into the hearts and minds of the people of the whole world to do away with corruption. Most compelling is that in line with 1 Peter 1:18, 23 – the believer has been born again not of corruptible seed but incorruptible seed. No one can give what he/she does not have. We – the church have the incorruptible so we can deal with the corruptible.