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Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer

A Bad Man Made Good, Part 4 of 4 (Why Good People Do Bad Things)

July 15, 2013

Some philosophers see both good and evil in human nature. For them, the side that wins is determined by our environment. As much as we’d like to take credit for being basically nice people, only the new life implanted by God in the new birth can take a bad man and make him good.

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If you think your sins are too big or too many, think about the Apostle Paul. He persecuted Christians—even to their deaths. But God changed his heart and his desires, and he became the author of a good chunk of the New Testament. His love for God, for Christ, and for God’s Word is on every page he wrote.
July 12, 2013
We are all sinners, yet we can be made good. Our desires can change, but they can only be changed by God. You need a love for Him, His word, and a love for others. You need a sense of brokenness and humility. These can only be implanted into your heart by God.
July 11, 2013
Can a bad man be made good? First, we need to define who is “bad.” According to the Bible, we are all bad. When it comes to sin, we all have a pre-existing condition. We’re all desire driven and accustomed to evil.
July 10, 2013
In order to come clean and walk in the true light, confession and restoration must be as wide as the offense—both with God and with others. Are you going to receive God’s full blessing or not?
July 9, 2013
If you want to walk in the true light, you have to agree with God on everything. You have to come clean not just with God, but with others as well.
July 8, 2013
We like to think of ourselves as basically good people who make mistakes, not as sinners desperately needing the grace of God. But if you don’t see yourself as a sinner, you don’t see a need for redemption.
July 5, 2013
Throughout the Bible we see the contrast of darkness and light—darkness is sin, and light is God. Those who walk in darkness rationalize their sin, learn to manage their guilt, and even believe that they’re walking in the light. They not only lie to others, they are deceiving themselves and even lying to God. 
July 4, 2013
Pastor Lutzer shows us that we have our own kingdoms—career, money, even our giftedness —and how we can easily fall into the same snare as Saul did. By comparing David’s reaction to Saul’s attacks, we also learn what we can do to keep from sinning.
July 3, 2013
Trying to hold on to his kingdom by destroying those around him, King Saul gives us a good example of how an obsession with control can become evil.
July 2, 2013
Control lies at the heart of sin. We’re all born controllers. But when does wanting to control something become, not just a sin, but evil?
July 1, 2013
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About Running To Win

Running the race of life is hard. But with the Bible front and center and a heart to encourage, Pastor Erwin Lutzer presents clear Bible teaching, helping you make it across the finish line. Since 2011, this 25-minute program has provided a Godward focus and features listeners’ questions.

About Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer

Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer is Pastor Emeritus of The Moody Church where he served as the Senior Pastor for 36 years (1980-2016). He earned a B.Th. from Winnipeg Bible College, a Th.M. from Dallas Theological Seminary, a M.A. in Philosophy from Loyola University, and an honorary LL.D. from the Simon Greenleaf School of Law (Now Trinity Law School).

A clear expositor of the Bible, he is the featured speaker on two radio programs: Running to Win—a daily Bible-teaching broadcast and Songs in the Night—an evening program that’s been airing since 1943. Running To Win broadcasts on a thousand outlets in the U.S. and across more than fifty countries in seven languages. His speaking engagements include Bible conferences and seminars, both domestically and internationally, including Russia, the Republic of Belarus, Germany, Scotland, Guatemala, and Japan. He has led tours to Israel and to the cities of the Protestant Reformation in Europe.

Pastor Lutzer is also a prolific author of over seventy books, including the bestselling We Will Not Be Silenced, One Minute After You Die, and the Gold Medallion Award winner, Hitler’s Cross. Pastor Lutzer and Rebecca live in the Chicago area and have three grown children and eight grandchildren. Connect with Pastor Lutzer on X (@ErwinLutzer) or moodymedia.org.

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