Running To Win

Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer

Rescued from Dangerous Rationalizations, Part 1 of 3

October 22, 2012
Football players call it “putting on their game face” — projecting an air of invincibility whether or not they feel that way. To some degree, everyone projects an outward appearance that may not square with inner reality. With regard to salvation, it’s easy to make yourself and others believe that all is well when it’s not.

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When carpenters renovate a house, it’s common to do some demolition before they can begin the new construction. In the process, they can uncover hidden water damage that has festered for years. Cleaning out the rot must be done first, then the new work can start. In Romans 2, Paul details the hidden rot of sin that infects everyone, and the self-deceptions people use to keep up their outward appearances.
October 19, 2012
When we adopt an aura of religious respectability, it’s amazing what dark secrets lie beneath the surface where no one can see. Many of us do exactly what we accuse others of doing. We deceive ourselves and say God makes an exception for us, but not for them. Paul excoriated the Jewish religious elite for causing God’s name to be blasphemed.
October 18, 2012
Investors like getting a tip from someone on the inside track — someone who can give them an edge. It’s like the religious elite who thought their status gave them a sure shot at God’s favor when it came time for God to judge them. Paul demolishes that kind of self-deception in Romans 2. God does not show favoritism.
October 17, 2012
Religion can prevent people from understanding the truth about themselves. Religion can breed the pride that says “I’m okay.” In Romans 2, Paul addresses the religious elite of his day, and shows them how ceremony had insulated them from God’s analysis of their hearts. Self-deception is especially deep when expressed in religious terms.
October 16, 2012
Those who push the gay lifestyle are successful in making their voices heard loudly in the public media. If you believe sex belongs between a husband and wife, you’re deemed “out of step.” But God’s standard for moral behavior revealed in Romans 1 is in crystal clear detail. Today we’ll discuss the massive moral deception that is gripping society — and what God expects from those who call themselves Christians.
October 15, 2012
You can have your own opinion, but you can’t have your own truth. Truth is absolute and applies to everybody. In Romans 1, Paul reveals that mankind suppresses the truth, darkening their minds and committing moral perversion, all the while believing that they’re more enlightened than those who came before them.
October 12, 2012
When a man rejects God as Creator, he believes that random molecules just happened to turn themselves into life. He frees himself from accountability to God by declaring that he’s nothing but chemicals that, by chance, became a human being. Atheistic Darwinism gives cover for those who want no part of a God who demands moral behavior. This is the condition of man we see in Romans 1.
October 11, 2012
Reading the book of Romans is like shining a light into a dark closet. In its pages we see ourselves as we really are. We find that apart from God’s grace, we are capable of awful things. In fact, we are morally bankrupt compared to the God who created us. Today we’ll probe the darkness of the human heart, and witness the amazing light God sheds into those hearts that come to believe in Jesus.
October 10, 2012
When a man is clinging to a life preserver, his sense of self-sufficiency is severely challenged. He knows he needs help. But in today’s culture, many people get offended if you tell them there is nothing they can do to make themselves look good before a holy God. The gospel tells us how God set out to rescue from spiritual death those that believe in His Son.
October 9, 2012
The word “gospel” simply means “good news.” When a sinner understands his or her condition, that’s good news because it means they realize they need help. God set a rescue plan in motion long before any of us were born — a plan to redeem mankind was built into creation itself. The monumental scale of what the gospel is all about is revealed in the book of Romans.
October 8, 2012
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The end is near. These words can be a wake-up call or a comfort. While acknowledging that what is yet to come for the world is beyond the scope of our finite minds, Pastor Erwin Lutzer reminds us that we have not been left completely in the dark. The King Is Coming has been written precisely to aid your personal examination of Scripture’s prophecies. Saturated with both humility and a sense of urgency, this book not only provides answers for those questioning what happens next, but also empowerment to live accordingly in the here and now. Click below to receive this book for a gift of any amount or call Moody Church Media at 1.800.215.5001.

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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