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Rescued From Dangerous Rationalizations Part 1

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April 1, 2021 1:00 am

Rescued From Dangerous Rationalizations Part 1

Running to Win / Erwin Lutzer

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April 1, 2021 1:00 am

To some degree, everyone projects an outward appearance that may not square with inner reality. Regarding salvation, it’s easy to make yourself and others believe that all is well when it’s far from well. Even though you might have all the advantages of religion, you’re not necessarily approved by God. So how does God deliver us from our temptations of hypocrisy?

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Looking to Jesus and prevented her to some degree. Everyone projects appearance may not square with inner reality with regard to salvation is easy to make yourself and others believe all is well when it's far from well today how God delivers believers from a high risk mindset from the Moody Church in Chicago. This is running to win with Dr. Erwin Sir was clear teaching helps us get across the line. Tell us about today's teaching being rescued from dangerous rationalizations, Dave. I love that phrase that you used high risk mindset that actually spells deception doesn't and all of us are born as deceivers we lie without having been taught to lie, we tweak things to make ourselves look good in the book of Romans takes us apart piece by piece and shows us that God judges us according to who we really are and that's why this series of messages is so desperately important. It's entitled rescued what God did to save us for a gift of any amount. These messages can be yours so that you can listen to them again and again. Here's what you do go to RTW that's RTW or call us at 1-888-218-9337 now as we listen to God's word. Let us open our hearts and ask ourselves, are we self deceived.

What does God have to say on the subject. The book of Romans helps us to explain who we are and the wonder of God's grace I don't know a diplomatic way to say it but I need to say flat out that Jesus aided hypothesis. The 23rd chapter of Matthew, speaking to the religious leaders we are and amazed at the word that come out of Jesus Christ. He didn't have these words for the common person and certainly not for those who were in moral failure. But for the religious types. For the folks who were the keepers of the law for the people who should've known better. What a stinging rebuke. He gave them.

For example, he said that you are like a cup that is washed on the outside but inside he says you are full of greed and uncleanness you going to the cupboard and you see these beautifully washed cups and you think for sure that they are washed but then you you look at them before you fill them with water and you realize that they are full of hot.

Jesus also said he said you're like Whitewashed tombs, you know, you whitewash the tomb you you painted it looks so good that if you go behind the tomb. What you find it within it. Nothing but dead man's bones and he says all kinds of unclean ass just get behind the fašade, and that's what you find. And then, as if that wasn't bad enough, Jesus went on to say you generation of vipers, you generation of snakes.

How do you expect to be kept from the judgment of hell. While think of what Jesus said is it a problem with the religious leaders was said that they had a persona publicly, but but inside they didn't love God with all of their hearts and minds and souls. They sang the right songs. Jesus said you honor me with their lips, but your hearts are far from me behind in the inner side of their lives they were into read and covetousness and self aggrandizement, and the problem was they were hiding all this under the cloak of religiosity course there's lots of hypotheses in the world.

But the worst kind of hypotheses. The hypoxia see in the name of God, and that's what they were guilty of this outer shell of religiosity, pompous piety, but in the inner core. No real commitment and humility and brokenness before God. That's what their problem was. So today's topic is hypoxia see and we're continuing our series in the book of Romans and there were certain presuppositions, certain beliefs, myths, if you please rationalizations that the people of the day were into to kind of justify who they were and what that introduction would you take your Bibles please and turn to the book of Romans, and it's very important that you follow along. So the Bible in Europe, you and the seat ahead of you would be page 940. I need you to see this for yourself so that you don't only hear it from me. But you see it in the text in context. Romans chapter 1 Paul is talking about the pagans and all of their sin and the Jewish leaders of the time were saying preach of Paul. It's about time somebody told it to them as it should be told. Chapter 2 Jesus begins with the religious people and says that you are the religious ones. And now the first step presuppositions.

The first rationalization that I want us to look at is simply this, there were those who said because we are blessed we therefore are approved by God. After all, where the chosen people were the ones who have the revelation of God, look at what it says in chapter 2 in Romans chapter 2 verse 17 but if you call yourself a Jew and rely on the law and well my day because they were given the law you boast in God, and know his will, and approve what is excellent and they were qualified to do that because you are instructed from the law and if you are sure that you yourself are a guide to the blind, a light to those who in dark this you know enough so that you can be an instructor of the foolish, a teacher of children having in the law of the embodiment of knowledge. Was this a great advantage if you then to teach others. Do you teach yourself while you preach against feeling do you steal etc. Paul goes on to say that but basically here's the problem. You think that because you have the revelation of God that therefore you have the approval of God and somehow you can get by without living the revelation that God gave you just having is enough and so Paul is trying to warn them very clearly and he saying that you are a teacher of others, but are you a teacher of yourself what's going on in the inner part of your being. Are you really living up to what you expect other people to live up there is nobody as obnoxious as a person who is religious, who expects from other people what he himself doesn't live up to that kind of judgmental-ism, God hate, and then in the last part of chapter 2. What Paul is saying is simply this, you think that because you're circumcised you have circumcision, which is a right that shows the fact that you are under the covenant of God, you think that that's enough for you if you read those verses. What you'll discover is false is this that the real circumcision is the circumcision of the heart and then Paul has the nerve to go on to say this, but a person who doesn't have the right of circumcision but has a heart toward God is better than you who have circumcision but you don't live up to what it's supposed to symbolize while let's apply that to ourselves that you know there are people who say well I'm baptized and I participated in the rituals of the church. I take communion. I take Masi volunteer for the choir I'm involved in. In various aspects of Moody Church life and then somehow you think that that's of benefit to you, but God says this without the right hard it isn't. It isn't enough to keep you from the fire of hell.

That's what the Scripture says the apostle Paul is warning tremendously of reliance on any kind of an ordinance or a ritual or some deed that you perform.

Let me give you an example of contrast in the New Testament.

You have a man like Callaghan mail Yolanda. You also have a man like he was the person who condemned Christ Caiaphas let's take him.

Caiaphas was a man who obviously was circumcised. He was a high priest, but he sided with Pilate against Jesus and then you have a man in the book of acts like Cornelius. Cornelius was a Gentile. He wasn't circumcised, and yet there he was seeking God humbling himself wondering how he could be right with God. Think of the contrast of those two. And what is very clearly is said here is that just because you have all the advantages of religion does not mean that you are approved by God. It's a matter of the heart is a matter of fact, Paul is going to argue that the fact that you have the revelation of God only put you under more responsibility because I do much is given much is required.

What a solemn plot. Maybe I can visualize it this way. Here you will have all these people on an island and it is dark at night and they need to get off the island because judgment is coming and that most of the people have we little pin lights and just enough to see around themselves. They have no way there's no light that can guide them off the island.

Even though there is a bridge that they could escape from, but they can't find it.

Then you have a group of people and they have they have a spotlight that's powerful. It goes and that it actually shines for a couple of hundred yards and they could point the way for themselves and they could point the way for others but they don't they. They use the spotlight and they analyze it and they spent all of their time talking about it in how much light and how many batteries it hasn't. And so they miss the bridge and they don't give it to anyone else either. That's the Jewish nation. Yes, they are favored.

Yes, they are blessed of God.

Yes, they receive the revelation of God. But what they did with it is keep it to themselves. They were not a light to the Gentiles and in their religiosity they missed a personal relationship with him so the first thing that we must recognize is that there is the rationalization that having the truth means that we are approved by God.

God's as if you haven't, you have to live it.

There's a second rationalization.

Now, if you follow the argument so far and Paul here is arguing very logically. He is pretending that he's having a discussion here with a rabbi. In chapter 3 it opens that he can imagine someone saying what what advantage that has the Jew. If circumcision is not automatically a proof of God's blessing will what's the advantage or what value is there in circumcision. If it doesn't save Paul answers and says much in every way. To begin with, the Jews were entrusted with the oracles of God course there was an advantage to be that you, of course, the Jews received the law. They are the people of the covenant, but what we must recognize is that they took it for granted and they missed the heart of it, but yes, there is an advantage. Paul is saying, and then he goes on to say he discusses an issue another rationalization and it was this well if some of us have been unfaithful. Does that reflect unfavorably on God. In other words, if we have been unfaithful in our believing God does not nullify God's promises and call into question his in a gritty, let me put it that way and Paul answers that objection now. He says that in verse three and he can imagine that here's a question. What if some were unfaithful.

Does their faithlessness nullify the faithfulness of God by no means let God be true though everyone were a liar, as it is written that you may be justified in your words, and prevailed when you are judged.

So there's a second rationalization. We don't keep the law.

This really proves the unfaithfulness of God.

Our unbelief nullifies the promises of God and calls into question his integrity pulses absolutely no way whether you believe or whether you not believe God's faithfulness and God's covenant and God's promises are secure and will be filled. What I'm going to use this opportunity to get in the middle of a controversy that obviously has taken place in church history, and is still very much alive today and the controversy is simply this. Does God still have a place for Israel for the Jews in his program or did their unbelief and their rejection of Jesus nullify the covenant. There many people today who love Jesus Christ very much you say that all of the promises that God made to Abraham, to Isaac to Jacob and to David now are being fulfilled to us spiritually as the church here at the Moody church. We disagree with that.

Let me read you a passage of Scripture from the book of Psalms sexually. Psalm 89. Don't turn to it, but I just want you to hear it. Psalm 89 faces squarely, the question of whether or not what God promised today. Did you ever God's is David I'm going to give you a kingdom, and I'm going to give you a king was going to reign over your territory forever.

Question is, is that still true today or isn't. Here's what God says in Psalm 89 regarding David. I will establish his offspring forever, and his throne as the days of the heavens.

If his children forsake my law and do not walk according to my rules.

If they violate my statute and do not keep my commandments out punish their transgression, but I will not remove from him. My steadfast love or be false to my faithfulness, nor will I violate my covenant or alter the word that went forth from my lips. Once I have sworn by my holiness I will not lie to David his offspring shall endure forever, and his throne as long as the sun like the moon, it shall be established forever a faithful witness in the sky. Could God, thank you for that.

A man by the way I could've used three). Could God say it any more clearly he made promises to the Jewish people and we believe that the fact that the kingdom has been delayed does not mean that the kingdom has been canceled. It will still happen and Jesus will still rule on the throne of David in Jerusalem and fulfill the promises that God made to David so the apostle Paul says that no he says. Actually, our unbelief does not nullify God's promises. In fact if you look at the text a little more deeply what he says actually is, in fact, when we disbelieve God were calling God a liar and that can be applied to all of us. If we look at one of the promises in the Bible that applies to us and we say it isn't true, we are saying that God is a liar.

And Paul says, rather than saying that God is alive, let every man be a liar and let God be truthful because at the end of the day God's truth and faithfulness and promises are there for us.

Let's look at another rationalization and this when I think brings it home to all of us, the rationalization is simply this, that Tim, the grace of God is somehow nullifies the judgment of God. This isn't even very subtle.

It's here in the text and it is being lived out in our society every day.

Look at what it says verse five. Chapter 3 of Romans.

If our unrighteousness serves to show the righteousness of God. What shall we say that God is unrighteous to inflict wrath on us. I'm speaking in a human way by no means for how then could God judge the world, but if through my lie God's truth abounds to his glory, why am I still being condemned as a sinner and why not do evil that good may come as some people slanderously charge us as saying Paul doesn't even answer releases. Their condemnation is just well my friend, I can tell you how critical this message is when I stop to think of all the deceptions out there now that the grace of God oftentimes is used to justify sin. Will that will be explained in the next message but I need to tell you that the ministry of running to win continues and it is your ministry. It's because of people like you who stand with his regularly with their prayers and their gifts. Did you know that running to win recently is now in Nigeria were so thankful for the continued expansion of this ministry, would you consider becoming an endurance partner that someone who stands with his regularly with their prayers and their gifts want to know more.

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Go to RTW Click on the endurance partner button or if you prefer, call us at 1-888-218-9337 it's time once again for you to ask has dilutes her a question about the Bible or the Christian life. When is it wise to come clean and when is it wiser to keep quiet. Here's the story of one anonymous man who listens to running to win. I became a Christian.

About two years ago before I was married to my wife and before we were engaged. I had sexual relationships with other women. One part of me feels as though I should tell her, but the other part tells me that if I do tell her she will leave me or resent me for my wrongdoing. My wife is also the Christian I know what I did was wrong and now want to do the right thing.

What should I tell her I want to thank you so much for writing to us and I hope that I can give you some light on your predicament. Even if I don't specifically answer your question. Couple of things.

First of all, you say that you became a Christian.

Two years ago.

I assume that you are not a Christian. Before you are married and you are having these sexual relationships and so I'm glad that the Holy Spirit is pointed out to you the fact that you sinned greatly before you are married and having those relationships. The other thing that immediately comes to mind, however, is I'm surprised that these issues weren't dealt with before you married seems to me that a couple who is interested in marriage. They should know one another's sexual history so that after marriage, there aren't these surprises and the skeletons in their closets that they need to deal with. Now the question of whether or not you should tell your wife I suggest that you go for counsel and discuss that with a wise person because there's a part of me that says yes I think that you owe it to her on the other hand, because she might not be prepared for that. There may be issues that are between you that things will not fare well I suggest then that you go to a counselor who knows the both of you who can adjudicate that issue because the answer is sometimes the answer is yes, indeed you should tell are also circumstances in which perhaps it's best not to because the past is past and this was before you were saved before you were married, but you need some wisdom so that you might be able to determine the best course of action. Remember, the issue is what will bring about the best reconciliation. Is it merely to alleviate your guilt or is it indeed intended to build that relationship stronger as she accepts you and forgives you for your past is a question that I can't answer for your circumstance. I hope that your pastor, someone who knows the both of you are able to do that. And God will be with you through this and even your wife who has been so grievously hurt almost certainly would forgive you with the proper counseling in the proper relationship. Thanks so much for asking. My heart goes out to you today with a prayer that your marriage may be strong for his glory. Some wise counsel from Dr. Erwin dilutes her.

Thank you once again Dr. Luther if you'd like to hear your question answered.

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