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Saturday, July 18, 2009

Paul's Letter to the Romans

Often, it is the sin of self-righteousness, not lust that keeps a person unloving, unforgiving and impatient with others in their weaknesses. It is frequently this sinful condition that keeps us from relating to the poor, the homeless, the addict and the abandoned. In Romans chapter 2, the Apostle Paul provides us with strong insights into the dilemma of the sin of self-righteousness. Paul says, “You, then, who teach others, do you not teach yourself? You who preach against stealing, do you steal? You who say that people should not commit adultery, do you commit adultery?” Romans 2:21-22 If Paul were alive today, possibly he would add ... "You who condemn others that take drugs or alcohol, are you yourself a workaholic or shopaholic or do you have another drug of choice that you keep hidden?"

Earlier in Romans chapter 2, this type of hypocrisy and self-righteousness among church members comes at a cost and it comes with a warning from Paul. “You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge the other, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things. Now we know that God's judgment against those who do such things is based on truth. So when you, a mere man, pass judgment on them and yet do the same things, do you think you will escape God's judgment?” Romans 2: 1-4

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