The Problem With Moralism (Romans 2:1-11)

Romans 2:1-11
Moralism is making personal judgements about someone’s righteousness based on our own rationale and thinking.
Romans 2:1
The moralist can always find a comparison that affirms he/she is good enough to warrant heaven.
Romans 2:2-5
2 Peter 3:9
Romans 2:6-11
Summary: The Problem with moralism is our standards aren’t God’s standards. We don’t judge impartially, and we’re all guilty of not measuring up – even to our own standards.

Question: How do we connect with others who seem to have a moralist mentality?

We have to lovingly help them see they don’t measure up to God’s standards.
We can start by sharing with them how we ourselves have come up short.
1 Timothy 1:12-16
Remember we have a secret weapon: The Holy Spirit.
John 16:8

The Problem with Pagan Thinking (Romans 1:18-32)

Almost all Christians, young and old, prefer peace to war. In particular, most of us don’t like fighting a culture war—but sometimes, if we are to be faithful to biblical teaching, we have no choice. We do have a choice of tactics, and at times Christians have chosen poorly, but we still should not cry “peace, peace, when there is no peace.” ~Wayne Grudem
Title: The Problem with Pagan Thinking

Romans 1:16-17
Salvation comes through righteousness, and righteousness comes through faith.
Romans 1:18-19
“wrath” literally means “settled anger”

Paganism is about worshiping created things, or worshiping creation rather than the creator.

Romans 1:20
Romans 1:21-23
Nothing created can possibly be greater than its creator.
Romans 1:24-25
Romans 1:26-27
When we ignore God, there are no righteous standards. When there are no righteous standards, anything goes.

Romans 1:28-31
Pagan thinking does not lead to righteousness. It actually brings out the worst side of our nature, and so deserves God’s wrath.
Romans 1:32

Ephesians 4:14-15 Paul wants to: “…no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. 15Rather, [speaking the truth in love], we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ…”

Regardless of what the issue is, be sure you are holding to the truth, AND be sure you are living it out in love.

The Key: Righteousness Through Faith (Romans 1:16-17)

Romans 1:16-17
For I am not ashamed of the gospel
1 Corinthians 15:1-5
for it is the power of God for salvation
sótéria (so-tay-ree’-ah): deliverance, salvation
to everyone who believes
to the Jew first and also to the Greek
Romans 1:17
for in it, the righteousness of God
dikaiosuné (dik-ah-yos-oo’-nay): righteousness, justice.
The central dilemma for all of humanity is obtaining righteousness.
is revealed
God has revealed the standard of righteousness through the person of Jesus.
God has revealed the means of attaining righteousness through faith in Jesus.
from faith for faith
“The righteous shall live by faith.”

Salvation comes through righteousness, and righteousness comes through faith.