Moralism is Self Deception…eschatology pt 10

Therefore you are inexcusable, O man, whoever you are who judge, for in whatever you judge another you condemn yourself; for you who judge practice the same things. But we know that the judgment of God is according to truth against those who practice such things. And do you think this, O man, you who judge those practicing such things, and doing the same, that you will escape the judgment of God? Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance? (Romans 2;1-4)

The godless are going to be without excuse ,when they stand before the Throne of the Righteous Judge of the Universe, because they suppress the truth that God has revealed to them, in their conscience and in creation. Truly the Heavens declare the Glory of God…

But Romans 2 shows us that the moral and religious also, who trust in their own morality and who rightly abhor the effects of godlessness on individuals and societies, they too are liable to judgment and are without excuse!

Paul charges the moralist with doing the same thing as the godless. It’s not that they participate in the degraded excesses that godlessness always leads to, they don’t necessarily become moral relativists, or sexual libertines.

What Paul means when he charges them with doing the same thing as the people they judge, is that they too reject God in their thoughts, but it manifests itself in a different way.

Moralism, “do-goodism” and even religion itself can become a substitute for true spirituality, which is only possible by coming to God as a sinner in need of the God appointed Saviour, the crucified Jesus ,and on the terms set by the LORD, through faith and repentance.

But our text reveals that there is a two-fold self deception that such moralistic people engage in.

1)- And do you think this, O man, you who judge those practicing such things, and doing the same, that you will escape the judgment of God?

The first deception : Because there are people so degraded and debased by the culture of godlessness; reprobates, homosexuals,Atheists, terrorists,etc., by contrast there are the “moral majority”, who play by the rules, pay the bills, hold old fashioned, sound stable values , the deception is that the Judgment is for them, not for us.

Moralism, having “family values”, being a conservative, holding the Protestant work ethic et al ,all are extremely beneficial for this life. These habits tend toward greater prosperity, they are in line with the world as God made it to be, and they tend towards a much happier life than godlessness has to offer. But they are no substitute for salvation! Not even the most moral moralist is able to stand in the day of judgment.

Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance? (Romans 2;1-4)

The second self-deception is an outgrowth of the first-Because the Moralist has these habits that tend towards more temporal happiness, (monogamy, no divorce, belief and reverence for Creator, thrift, hard work, merit) his temporal life generally tends to be better lived. The self-deception is that this is God’s approval, we must be doing something right,unlike those godless heathen!

But Paul is telling is that those blessings of our lives are the very kindness of God. They aren’t given by Him because we are doing everything right, they are designed to bring us also, to repentance. The kindness is wrongly taken as approval, when in reality it is mercy, and space to turn to God in humble gratitude.

Perhaps even more than the utterly godless, the moralist ignores the urgency to repent, to turn to God and be saved. Because they are “Not as bad as the others”- moralists are oblivious to the fact that every single day is borrowed time, and every breath taken is credit also, for they too are liable to judgment.

But in accordance with your hardness and your 1impenitent heart you are treasuring up for yourself wrath in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God, who “will render to each one according to his deeds” (Romans 2:5-6)

If God’s judgement will be according to truth, and we know it will be ,(see Romans 2:2), than the standard of it is perfection, nothing less than absolute righteousness.God, we are told, will render to each one according to his deeds. Not even the best, the greatest humanitarian, the most Noble among us would be able to stand in the judgment of the Righteous and Holy God!

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6 Responses to Moralism is Self Deception…eschatology pt 10

  1. Stan says:

    These moralist can never truly love God,they cannot know the depths of His love and mercy,it reminds me of the words of Jesus to Simon the Pharisee as the sinful woman washed Jesus feet with her hair and her tears,”he who is forgiven much , loveth much”

    • Mellany McKenzie says:

      I like that story in the Bible.
      also the one with Father Abraham and Lazarus.
      It always brings tears to my eyes.
      Just like amazing grace.
      Who saved a wretch like me.
      Or like Mary who was just able to sit at Jesus’s feet and listen and He did not push her away.
      He let her sit there.
      I love that story.
      O how I love Jesus b/c He first loved me.
      His love startles me sometimes.
      It catches me unawares
      I simply cannot believe his love some days but do I ever need Christ’s love.
      Christ Jesus is so faithful
      His love and mercy and grace and compassion are so desperately needed.
      along with repentance of sinners but it is His love that draws us and makes us realize that we need Him so much!
      That we cannot live w/o Him.
      the world needs Him
      All of creation is groaning
      Please come today LORD
      No more debates just we need you Jesus
      Especially pray for New Brunswick today where murder happened yet again
      O how we need Jesus
      For peace and righteousness to fill the earth.
      We need His majestic authority and purity.
      Isaiah said it much better than me.
      In Christ

  2. Thank you beloved brother. I enjoyed reading this timely admonition. Please tell me, is this only speaking to the moralist who is unsaved or also the person who has come to Christ but is wrongly taking Grace as a license to sin. I ask this sincerely knowing that all Christians struggle with the world flesh and devil but also that no one born of God makes a practice of sinning. One thing that lends itself to it speaking mainly to the moralist is the progressive structure of the Romans epistle. He is working his way towards the righteousness that comes by faith alone and providing defence for the true Gospel against, license, legalism and other distortions. On the other hand he speaks to God’s mercy and goodness, which in my mind implies a believer who has the mercy and kindness of God, tho I know In this case you take that to refer to the general grace of God to us.

  3. “longsuffering” makes me think of 2 Peter 3:9!


  4. Maureen Leigh says:

    No one born of God MAKES A PRACTICE OF SINNING.
    I think that is the whole point. We do sin, and we absolutely hate it, but it’s not our usual practice, whereas the unregenerate sin and never think twice, it’s normal to them.
    How great is our God. We are made new in Christ Jesus !

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