Why Are People So Judgy?
I’m convinced that we not only need to be set free from sin, we also need to be set free from self-righteousness. When righteousness is defined as “being good” or “doing good,” the result is legalism. We commend ourselves for our efforts, while condemning others for their faults. We grew ourselves according to our intentions, while we judge others by their actions. Self-righteousness always results in judgmentalism toward others. Legalism and self-righteousness are two of our greatest enemies. While we stand on the ramparts and watch for enemy intrusions from the outside,… Read More
What Makes a Person Righteous?
Today’s reading is Romans 2. Being good does not make a person righteous, yet that is exactly how we often live. We weigh out our actions, dividing them into categories of “good” and “bad,” concluding that, because our good actions outweigh the bad, we are essentially good people. Further, we justify our bad actions, claiming that our motivations were right, even if our actions weren’t. Paul cuts through that self-righteousness, reminding his Jewish readers that, even if they are devout, religious, law-abiding Jews, people are not righteous because of their outward works,… Read More
The Book of Romans
The apostle Paul wrote at least 13 of the 27 books in the New Testament, including the book of Romans. Paul is believed to have written this letter while he was in the city of Corinth, receiving financial gifts from the believers which he would then take to those in need in Jerusalem. Once he delivered the gifts and ministered to those in Jerusalem, his plan was to visit Rome, a city to which he had not yet visited, but had heard much of the faith of the believers there. Our church… Read More
Scoffers, Skeptics, and Sincere Seekers
The accusations against God are increasing in volume and intensity in the last days. How could your God of love allow such suffering? How could your God allow such injustice? Who are you to say that your religion (Christianity) is right, and others are wrong? There is a cavernous difference between those who are lost and searching for God and those who reject and refuse God. The bible refers to the latter as “scoffers.” Scoffers are in attack mode, accusatory and angry. They crassly degrade God and those who identify with Him…. Read More