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All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (01/22/2006)
From: Keith Lockwood

Romans 1:18-3:20 has to be one of the most misunderstood and misused sections of scripture of all time! The right wing Christian conservatives use this scripture to condemn sinners and the left wing uses this scripture to condemn religion and to accuse God of hate. Even though this section of scripture completely lays out the sins of humanity, it clearly states that we have no right to judge and/or condemn others because we are sinners ourselves (Romans 2:1). On the other hand, because we are ALL sinners, we should also not endorse our sins or the sins of others (Romans 1:32). This section of scripture condemns ALL of humanity!

""¦both Jews and Gentiles, that they are ALL under sin; as it is written, there is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understand, there is none that seek God. They are ALL gone out of the way"¦ there is none that do good, no, not one (Romans 3:9-12)" and "For ALL have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23).

Because we are all sinners, God is the only righteous judge. The reason that God is considered a hater is not because of what He has declared about sin and His judgment of it; instead it is the vain, human tradition of eternal torment in hell that creates a God of hate. Through the law and God's judgment we are able to recognize sin and our need of a Savior. The fact that all of us are sinners sets the background for God's righteousness "which is by the faith of the Lord Jesus Christ unto all, and on all who believe" (Romans 3:22). Instead of trying to judge who's sins are worse then others, we should all accept that no one is worthy of God's glory and our only salvation is through the Lord Jesus Christ.

While many evangelists are preaching that God is angry at all humanity for their sins, they totally disregard what Paul wrote concerning the evangel of conciliation in 2 Corinthians, how that God is, in Christ, conciliating the world unto Himself, "NOT IMPUTING THEIR TRESSPASSES UNTO THEM" (5:18-19). That is why Paul declares that "Now is a day of salvation" (6:2), God is at peace with the world through Jesus Christ and is not holding our sins against us. Sometime in the future God's "day of just indignation" will arrive and God will righteously judge sin, but now He is at peace with the world through the Lord Jesus Christ and during this time of salvation we are to be declaring, "be reconciled to God" (5:20)! We are to neither judge nor endorse sin, but simply declare the evangel of God's salvation through Jesus Christ. I would like to cap off my letter with one of my favorite Martin Zender quotes, "Somebody said, ‘my daughter is a sinner.' I said ‘Hay, things are working out great, I have a Savior!" 

 

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