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Romans 1 and the search for God

October 15, 2009 Leave a comment

I had an algebra teacher in high school who liked to encourage students to solve the problems on their own. Each time I’d ask her how to do an equation, she’d say, “Richard, the answer is in your notes.”

I have to imagine many will face God someday in the Great White Throne Judgment. Some might have been atheists, others agnostics and others apatheists (those who are indifferent towards the idea of God). Perhaps the conversation will go like this:

God: Why did you choose to reject Me and My Son?

Person: Lord, I didn’t know you existed!

God: What more evidence could you have possibly needed? Romans 1:18-25, tells you there’s more than enough evidence to prove My Existence. But you chose to ignore it.

Romans 1 gets a lot of attention as the chapter in the Bible that talks about God’s condemnation of homosexuality, and while I believe it does, I think people don’t realize the chapter specifically talks also about how God gives us the evidence we need to prove He exists. Those who reject it are left to their own twisted, irrational¬†ways of thinking.

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Vanity and Romans 1

October 8, 2009 Leave a comment

When I think of vanity, I think of the ending to the 1997 thriller The Devil’s Advocate. Keanu Reeves played a lawyer who never loses, works for a New York City law firm and learns that the head of the law firm is not only his father, but he’s also the devil (played brilliantly by Al Pacino). At the end of the movie, Pacino’s character says this: “Vanity. Definitely my favorite sin.”

I’m convinced more and more that vanity will keep many people out of heaven. How many people will tell God at the Great White Throne Judgment that there was no evidence of His existence or of His Son being the Messiah, only for God to tell them, “How can you possibly say that? I gave you more than enough evidence. There is so much evidence of My existence and of My Son’s Divinity, a child could understand it.”

Romans 1:18-25 tells us of all the evidence that God gives us, and that man in his stubbornness, or in his vanity, willingly rejects it and goes his own way.

For some, the vanity stems from not wanting to admit they sin. For others, it’s from a belief that man, through enough evolution, can reach a godlike state. For others, humbling themselves before God is far too humiliating to do.

If you have vanity in your life that keeps you from seeking God, please do anything you can to get rid of it and get right with God.

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Keeping the faith by following the ‘wedge principle’

October 1, 2009 Leave a comment

When I attended Pensacola Christian College, I remember something taught in social ethics class:¬†“wedge principle”. Scripture tells us in Ephesians 4:27 to “Neither give place to the devil.”

A floorleader my junior year explained it this way: he chased his sister into a room when they were younger and she refused to come out. He coaxed her to open the door just a crack since he wanted to talk to her. She did. He then used his foot to wedge open the door and from there, overpower her and open it the rest of the way.

If you give the devil an inch, he’ll gladly take a mile–and that’s just for starters.

Looking back, it disturbes me the number of students who would roll their eyes at the discussion of the wedge principle and think of how we had to hear the same or similar sermon from last year. Such thinking makes me wonder if complacency prevents the average Christian from being truly aware of just how hard or skillfully the devil works to try to ruin their lives and ministries.

It’s something to think about in daily living. I thought recently of a Christian I knew of years ago who seemed so on fire for the Lord. He has since divorced and now sees nothing wrong with some activities many Christians would find deplorable. A person who knows him told me it started with a sin problem that just escalated and grew out of control.

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