Chapter 4 - This knowledge is either smothered or corrupted,
partly by ignorance, partly by malice
Section 1 - Superstition
Ignorant superstition doesn't excuse, for it is mixed with pride.
They decide what God should be by their own standard.
They worship their own made-up god.
They make up stuff, pridefully wanting to know more than is given.
Section 2 - conscious turning away from God
They say there is no God (Ps 14:1; 53:1).
They do this to "lust unpunished," not because they deny he's there
They are denying His authority over them
Section 3 - we are not to fashion God according to our own whim
Zeal can't mask the error of superstition.
When you worship an idol, you just worship your own desires.
Section 4 - Hypocrisy
Unbelievers fear God and his judgment, with a craven, dread fear.
Believers fear, but also welcome, God's judgment.
The hypocrite wants to appear religious, but trusts himself.
In trouble, the hypocrite seeks God with "perfunctory prayers."