Letter to Christians in Rome: Chapter 3 (pt 4 of 5)

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Paul continues speaking to the Jews:

“But,” some say, “our breaking faith with God is good, our sins serve a good purpose, because people will notice how good God is when they see how bad we are [and people actually believe that]. Is it fair, then, for him to punish us when our sins are helping him?” (I am using a human tit-for-tat argument). God forbid! Then what kind of God would he be, to overlook sin? How could he ever condemn anyone? For he could not judge and condemn me as a sinner if my dishonesty brought him glory by pointing up his honesty in contrast to my lies. If you follow through with that idea, you come to this: the worse we are, the better God likes it! (As a matter of fact, I am reported as urging this very thing, by some slanderously and other quite seriously! But, of course, such an argument is quite properly condemned). —Romans 3:5-8


People were actually saying that Paul was actually teaching that kind of nonsense. Oh, they still misinterpret messengers and teachers of God. I recently had someone say I was teaching that sin doesn’t matter anymore, that they could simply disregard the need to repent and renew our relationship with the Lord. That is not what I said. In one of my recent Morning Messages, I did say that if we acknowledge our sin, and repent, our Lord is faithful and just to forgive our sins. So, if our hearts are open and sincere in our relationship with our Lord, then no, we do not need to continually walk as slaves to our sin or walk with our heads hanging low from our guilt. When we are faithfully walking with our Lord, freely and openly confessing our sins, He will faithfully forgive them—then cleanse us from all unrighteousness!

Paul continued his argument:

Are we Jews then a march ahead of other men? By no means. For I have shown above that all men from Jews to Greeks are under the condemnation of sin. The scriptures endorse this fact plainly enough. ‘There is none righteous, no, not one; there is none who understands; there is none who seeks after God. They have all gone out of the way; they have together become unprofitable; there is none who does good, no, not one’. ‘Their throat is an open tomb; with their tongues they have practised deceit’; ‘the poison of asps is under their lips’, ‘whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness’. ‘Their feet are swift to shed blood; destruction and misery are in their ways; and the way of peace they have not known’. ‘There is no fear of God before their eyes’ —Romans 3:9-18

Ouch!

If interested, you can download the entire study of The Letter to Christians at Rome

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