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The Sin We Rationalize Part 2

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May 22, 2020 1:00 am

The Sin We Rationalize Part 2

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May 22, 2020 1:00 am

Prisons are full of people born in sin—people born with a propensity to do wrong. But as Paul says, we are all “by nature the children of wrath.” In our study of key doctrines, we’re coming to grips with “The Sin We Rationalize.”

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Rain forests looking to Jesus. Thunder prisons are full of people. Soon the wrong. As Paul says all by nature children of red in our study of key doctrines coming to grips with the sin we rationalize today we finish this study from the church in Chicago this morning when Sir was clear teaching us make it across the finish line looks or it seems that sin manifests itself early in our lives yesterday. As a matter of fact, as is indicated original sin really means that we are born sinners doesn't mean that we always do bad things, but it does mean that we often times are led into deceit.

Often times we rationalize that which is wrong and that's why this doctrine is so important and I would say to all who are listening this series of messages, contains 10 doctrines of the Christian faith. We could almost call them pillars of the Christian faith. What this series will do. I really do believe it will benefit you in your Christian walk by helping you to understand what we believe and its application to our lives. If you're interested in receiving this series titled what we believe. Go to RTW that's RTW or call us at 1-888-218-9337. Now let's be open and honest as we listen to the sin that we rationalize a doctor in Edinboro said that every child is born is born potential criminal. The nature of bin Laden and the nature of Hitler was no different than your nature when you were born. The only difference is God's grace environment and situation but were all coming into the world as rebels. Why do you think a doctor when a baby is born.

He only spanks the baby twice.

Have you ever noticed once, so that the baby gets air in his lungs. The second time he spanks him is to keep the kid from stealing his wristwatch were all born sinners were all born sinners and the Bible says we are by nature children of wrath disabled don't babies go to heaven when they die. Yet, we believe that they go to heaven when they die. But the reason those babies go to heaven when they die is because God credits them.

It must be this way with the righteousness of Jesus Christ because even that sweet little baby is born and send you Similac can't beat the Bible says very clearly that proof of that is the fact that babies die and one of the effects of the full one of the effects of sin is death. So the reason that babies die is because they aren't as innocent and is cute as you think they are there. Very cute.

You know they all come into the world, thinking that they are really the one you know I mean, I've known babies to be born who are born complaining about the temperature of the delivery room and you don't have to teach a child to steal or the art of self protection of lighting all of that comes very naturally all that you need is a situation to bring it out now.

All of us have a dark side to us. This is what Louis Smedes wrote to listen carefully, our inner lives are not partitioned like day and night with pure light on one side of us in total darkness. On the other mostly our souls are shadowed places we live at the border where our Darkside's block are light and throw a shadow over our interior places we cannot always tell where are light ends and our shadow begins, or where our shadow ends and are dark as begins wow. That's why the Bible says that the heart of man is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked who can know it, and then goes on to say that I the Lord search the heart. Only God knows the potential of evil that resides in any one of us. It's known only to God. Some of you I know have been born to parents who abused you and you see, even though we are born under the condemnation of sin, we ultimately become responsible for our choices. Some of those choices that you made as a child, you may not be responsible for because God is fair in this regard, but eventually, their story ends and your story begin you and I'll become responsible in the sight of God, not just by nature, but also by choice, and God chose to bring proof of that to this auditorium. Right at this moment didn't Augustine sometimes pronounced Augustine lived in 354 24 30 A.D. obviously had a great impact on theology. Some of this impact has been good and some of it has been not so good but the point that he made about sin is right on. It is true to experience and it is also true to the Scriptures.

Augustine in his confessions, which is known as a classic took the time to probe his own experience and show that that experience was totally consistent with what the Bible has to say, completely consistent. If you were thoroughly and completely honest, it's honesty that you and I need. For example, the Bible says that he who is lives in pleasure is dead while he lives. Hugh Hefner is dead while he lives no matter how much he parties because there is deadness not only in this world but imagine having that sin upon your conscience.

For all of eternity for as long as God exists unless he repents he will be guilty while what Augustine said was this, he looked within his own heart, and he knew that he was guilty and polluted. He knew that he could not only steal that was one thing that he did as a boy, but what amazed him was that sometimes he stole things he didn't even need he just enjoyed stealing.

He looked at his heart, and not only saw the sin of the covetousness but saw the Senate then they in my goodness envious so much more powerful in ways than covetousness. Covetousness means that I want what you have envy says I don't want you to have what you have cane cane could have had the same blessing is able. God said to them cane if you do good if you bring the right sacrifice. You can be accepted by me, just like your brother Abel. But there was something in cane that said, I don't want my brother Abel wants. I'm not satisfied with that. There is a cauldron that is burning within me and the only thing that will ask English.

It is the blood of my brother. I want to kill him because of the fact that you accepted them ever noticed how we delight in the fall of others. Some of you have a problem with gossip.

I'm tempted to say shame on you. I won't, but I guess I just didn't deny you take delight and you pass gossip around like an hors d'oeuvres at a happy hour wanting to tell others the way others have failed. Where does that evil and sin come from. It arises within the human heart, so Augustine saw that he was guilty and polluted. Now the next point needs a little bit of clarification and you need to think about this for a moment. He also knew that though he send by one kind of necessity because he was a center.

Obviously, he would therefore sin. He also knew that that sin was not absolutely necessary to be a human being. And that's why he felt guilty about it. If we send like a bird grows feathers.

We wouldn't feel guilty about the sin because that is physical necessity. But Augustine said we don't send by physical necessity, but we do sin voluntarily and and that's why we feel this sense of guilt and sin. Strictly speaking, is not necessary to human nature as proved by the fold because prior to the fall of Adam and Eve were fully human, though they did not have a sin nature, nor had they sinned, Augustine said. That's why we feel this sense of shame and this sense of guilt and we all do if were honest then. He also concluded that nobody can change his own nature. He knew that he couldn't change his. He looked around and knew that no one can change his desires at will. You can choose to get up and say I'm not going to do this anymore and not do that, particularly if it's in a an addiction. You can't.

You might be able to curb some things, but your fundamental nature can't be changed by you are who you are. The Bible asks the question its is can a leopard change his spots. Jeremiah said, speaking on behalf of God and God says. Then you who love evil can also begin to love good dancers know if You need God's intervention. Thank God that that's where grace comes in in our predicament.

Let me therefore summarize what I'm trying to say very briefly as we think about bringing this down and making a transforming for all of us first. Calvin was absolutely right when he said we can have no knowledge of who we are until we know who God is, if you don't know who God is, you don't know who you are, will rationalize who you are, you'll excuse who you are, you'll will bungle along taking all the good things that you've done because you probably done a lot of good things and you'll try to balance and with the bad things in the hope that it comes out.

But if you know who God is. You know that that does not work the sin that you have on your conscience today is sin that you have committed. You will be guilty of 10 years from now you will be guilty of that sin.

100 years from now thousand years from now, and a million years from now you'll still be guilty of that same sin unless God takes it away. That's the nature of sin.

Once you begin to fall, you have to continue to fall and you can't write your direction thousand years of suffering will not take away your guilt before God and that's why suffering, incidentally, has to be eternal, unless God intervenes. Secondly, salvation is God's intervention, all praise God for verse four but God, being rich in mercy, and the next message in this series is the salvation the gospel that we proclaim world I'm going to do is continue on in this passage explaining what salvation is, now that we've looked at what sin is. That's the next message in the series that God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he has loved us. He has loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses and sins, even when we were deceived even when we are depraved God who is rich in mercy comes to the graveyard and says arise be connected with me. The barrier of sin is taken away by faith in Jesus and we can be reunited with God and your eternal penalty has been born. Praise be to God. You've heard it before but I was 14 years old on a farm really not into a lot of sins as young people know them today. There was a great opportunity to sin a whole lot but still overwhelmed with such a sense of sin, I knew I needed a Savior, and my parents recognize that they prayed with me and as I mentioned this past summer. It was my privilege to go back to that very room where I received Christ 50 years ago, and I knelt again to thank him for his marvelous mercy is 50 years ago God came to that farmhouse and in effect, though I heard no voice and I didn't recognize it at the time God says or would looser be raised from the dead and God spoke the word overcame my blindness granted me the ability to believe and to trust Jesus as my Savior and I was converted.

Let me tell you another conversion story and that is Augustine himself referred to earlier, Augustine was immoral was living with someone who is not his wife was involved in many sins in his youth and his father was a pagan so his father was totally okay with that. I mean if you're a pagan and the lines of morality are blurred. You're not too worried about a son who follows in your footsteps, but he had a very godly mother by the name of Monica and Monica prayed for her son, and prayed for him that Augustine according to his story. He was in a garden in some way and it seems strange not sure if he was clear on and he seemed to hear a child say take up and read. I don't know what the child was saying.

But Augustine had been given a New Testament which he had avoided and ignored, and he decided to open it somewhat arbitrarily, usually a bad idea, but actually better than not opening it at all and he opened the Bible and it fell on these words. The night is far gone. The day is at hand.

So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light. Let us walk properly as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and sensuality, not in quarreling and jealousy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires. He read that and the light broke and he knew that he needed a Savior and he trusted Christ right there in Augustine was converted so I've a question to ask you today before I and you may be in the sanctuary at the Moody Church in Chicago.

You may be listening by way of Internet radio. Whatever other method you've picked up this message and so I have a question for you. Are you converted has a light come to your soul that you need Jesus to connect you to God, the way in which you're going is the wrong way. You need to trust Christ as Savior and entrusting him. Your sin is taken away your penalty is canceled and you have the prospect of living in the presence of Jesus forever. That is the gospel that I'll explain in more detail next week, but you've heard enough right now deceivingly believes so if you will let us pray father who can speak to the dead and say be alive who can speak to the deaf and say here who can say to the blind see that your work, however imperfectly, the gospel may have been preached today. I pray that many right now may believe and trust Christ as Savior and the sanctuary, and others who are listening and I'm speaking to you now you as people wherever you are. If you've never believed on Jesus. Would you do that right now.

If you're in the balcony lower floor. This is your moment to be brought out of the graveyard of God is talk to you. He wants to beget life and you you talk to God.

Now you trust Christ father whatever work you're doing in the human heart, bring it to completion. May those who are struggling to overcome father their resistance to those who do not understand bring them understanding, but right now, may they trust your mercy and your grace is given to us in Jesus pray in his blessed name. Amen this is Pastor Luther and I certainly hope that you have come to saving faith in Jesus Christ. And if you have trusted him. As a result of this ministry would like to know about it so that we can encourage you and help you in your Christian walk. Here's what you can do you can call us at 1-888-218-9337. I'll be giving you that phone number again.

But just know that we exist to help you as we frequently say make it all the way to the finish line. Recently Rebecca and I were interviewed about our 50 years of marriage. The interview is titled the story of our marriage. 50 years of God's faithfulness. Now this can be yours as a CD or a DVD your preference for a gift of any amount thank you so much for standing with us as we share the gospel of Jesus Christ in more than 20 countries of the world. Here's what you do go to RTW it's RTW or you can call us and there's that same phone number again where you can connect with us 1-888-218-9337. The story of our marriage.

50 years of God's faithfulness 1-888-218-9337.

Feel free to connect with us and God bless you it's time again for you to ask Pastor Luther a question you may have about the Bible or the Christian life. Today's question Dr. Luther comes to us from Sylvia and she lives in Georgia. My husband is extremely angry with our teenage granddaughter was gotten pregnant.

He wants to ignore the matter and does not give her any attention.

She is a born-again Christian. She's confessed before the church congregation in my heart I forgiven her and I know God has forgiven her. She knows this as well.

How do I get past wanting to convict my husband of his anger and so love and care for our granddaughter at this time will my friend Sylvia, I hope that your husband gets on his knees and repents of his attitude.

Here's a granddaughter who undoubtedly was involved in a sinful relationship she's willing to acknowledge it. She's confessed it before the church.

Your husband should be grateful that this young woman has turned to God, Inc., of the thousands of others in her predicament that have turned away from God at a moment like this.

Second, your husband has to realize that the child that this young woman is bearing may someday be mightily used by God fact sometime I'd like to preach a sermon that include the stories of people that I know about who were conceived out of wedlock whom God is greatly used. I mean I'm thinking of Erasmus, the great Greek scholar.

I'm thinking of Felix Monson was a great martyr in the city of Zrich during the time of the Reformation. Let's remember that God's providence and God's forgiveness is great enough to encompass yes to encompass all of the sins and the failures of human beings your granddaughter at this moment needs her grandfather's love and acceptance and I hope it when that baby is born. He or she will receive very special attention and love because that child is a child created in God's image, and I hope that God will use him or her to his glory. Thank you Dr. Luther for that compassionate answer if you'd like to hear your question answered. You can go to our website.

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