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Morality Secondary

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Introduction

Greetings...
Began with looking at “God’s Love For Man.”
Then turned our attention to “Man’s Response To God’s Love.”
Last week we then started looking at “Satan’s Lies” in contrast to God’s Love with the over reaching false doctrine of “Once Saved Always Saved.”
Today I would like us to focus our attention to another lie Satan has been able to get so many to think…Morality should be Secondary.
This mindset and “creed” of the world has been around a long time however, it is only in more recent years that...”The world and her evil deeds are seemingly rushing into the blood bought church of our Lord at an alarming rate.” 1.
So how has this lie of Satan manifested itself in the blood bought church?
That is the question we will be answering this morning, and warning against.

Morality

What is morality?

This seems like a simple question to ask and answer and yet so many, even in the church, seem to be misunderstanding it more and more.
The American Heritage Dictionary of 1983 defines it best as “the quality of being moral, a system of conduct based on principles of right and wrong.”
That system of “right and wrong” is that which comes from the Creator of all the universe.
Morality exists because God exists, which is why the psalmist wrote...
Psalm 14:1 ESV
1 The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds; there is none who does good.
Proverbs 14:1 ESV
1 The wisest of women builds her house, but folly with her own hands tears it down.
The “universal moral law” is proof that God exists.
Why is Adolph Hitler considered “wrong” by most people for what he did? Because most people understand stand a “universal moral law” concerning the actions of the Holocaust.”
Even atheist don’t doubt Hitler was “morally wrong” for the most part, at least modern atheists.
Thus if there was no God there would be no “universal moral law” that most of society has held to whether fully or partially.

Summery

Morality is that system and basic understanding of right and wrong that God has created within each person.

Morality Is Secondary?

The battle between morality and immorality.

There is no doubt that there is a constant battle between the flesh and the spirit concerning morality and immorality.
Paul would describe it like this...
Rom 7:15
Romans 7:15 ESV
15 For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate.
Galatians 5:17 ESV
17 For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do.

Satan is winning the battle against morality.

In the world morality has taken a back seat for a very long time.
What was once evil, wrong, and even illegal is now considered right, good, and legal.
Isaiah 5:20 ESV
20 Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!
However, as the world has gone further away from morality more and more children of God are determining that “certain moral standards” are no longer worth heeding against.
I know of some “high profile” preachers and teachers that have taken up the preaching motto “let’s preach more Jesus and less moral issues.”
Many have gone so far as to say we don’t even need preaching on things like homosexuality, social drinking, addictions, and the like.
What they are saying is…morality is secondary to talking about Jesus and salvation.
Is this true? Can one preach Jesus and not preach on moral issues?

Summery

Many have drank the poison cup of Satan and have listened to his lie on morality so long they think it is truth.
We can convince ourselves lies are truth.

Preaching Jesus

What does it mean to preach Jesus?

There can be no doubt God wants His people to “preach Jesus to everyone.”
There can be no doubt God wants His people to “preach Jesus to everyone.”
Acts 8:35 NKJV
35 Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning at this Scripture, preached Jesus to him.
The question is can you preach Jesus without preaching on morality?
Preaching Jesus means preaching the whole counsel of God.
No, preaching Jesus does not mean just preaching on the plan of salvation but on the moral issues sometimes “before” the whole plan of salvation.
1 Corinthians 6:9–11 ESV
9 Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, 10 nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.
1 Cor 6:9-
Acts 2:38–40 ESV
38 And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself.” 40 And with many other words he bore witness and continued to exhort them, saying, “Save yourselves from this crooked generation.”
Ac 2:38-

Summery

Jesus said the “the word that I have spoke will judge him on the last day” ().
As we have seen before in God the Father, Son, and Spirit all speak the same Word and it was written down by inspired men…which means if we want to preach Jesus we must preach the whole counsel of God.

Conclusion

Satan deceives and lies his way to the soul of the individual.
It is up to us to not allow Satan to reach our soul with his lies!!!
Invitation
Isaiah 59:1–2 ESV
1 Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save, or his ear dull, that it cannot hear; 2 but your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden his face from you so that he does not hear.
Philippians 2:6–7 ESV
6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.
Reflections “Morality Matters” by Brant Stubblefield
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