What Real Good Are They?


September, 1996

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“Wherefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things.”  --Romans 2:1


A man is not excused because he has good intentions.  Good intentions are better than bad intentions, but if we do what we condemn in others, we condemn ourselves.


It won't help us to say, "Well, I won't condemn it in others, then.  Didn't Jesus say, 'Let him that is without sin cast the first stone'?" 


But we do not justify ourselves by denying that we are in the image of God.    This is like cutting your throat to cure a cold.  The problem is not that we have the ability to make moral judgments, for this is essential to the image of God.  One of the problems of the modern day is that we cast man in the image of the beasts of the field, and are amazed when he is as morally insensitive as they.


We do not cure irresponsibility by more irresponsibility, in spite of the spirit of the modern age.  The cure is found in David's great prayer of repentance:  "Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom" (Ps. 51:6) It means facing, acknowledging sin and the wickedness of unbelief and selfishness, accessing by faith the perfect righteousness of Christ, and embracing Him for life and salvation.  This is the cure, not good [pretended] intentions.

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Pastor C. W. Powell

Trinity Covenant RCUS

Colorado Springs, CO.