Running To Win

Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer

Rescued from the Folly of Self-Salvation, Part 1 of 3

October 25, 2012
It’s clear the Apostle Paul knew nothing of “political correctness,” because some of what he wrote was quite unpopular. He catalogs the depth of human depravity in Romans 3, a list many would argue with, but an accurate list nonetheless. As we read it, we see our true condition and why we’re in such desperate need of the grace of God as revealed in Jesus.

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Some people will tell a falsehood, saying to themselves, “it’s only a little white lie.” To God, it’s a sin, and sin is never a good idea, no matter what good we think may come from it. As we continue to journey through Romans 3, we lose the hypocrisy, take off the mask, and become real people — really clean from the inside out.
October 24, 2012
In defending the gospel to his Jewish readers, Paul wrote of their lack of faith, as compared to God’s faithfulness. In Romans, he affirmed that faithfulness in the strongest terms. Some see the promises of God to Israel as having been transferred to the church since Israel was unfaithful. Today: a resounding declaration that God is by no means finished with Israel as a nation.
October 23, 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.
October 22, 2012
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
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Have you ever tried to put a puzzle together without looking at the picture on the box? These messages will help you see the big picture of the puzzle we call the Bible, with the Bible's 66 books being the puzzle's pieces. As we survey key events throughout the Old and New Testaments, we'll better understand the story of redemption as revealed to us in the Scriptures. The series culminates in an overview of the vital but often misunderstood book of Revelation as we together look forward to Christ's return. Click below to receive this CD series 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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