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.