Mommas, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Moralists

Just wanted to do a little Monday Morning preachering with regards to the sermon on Sunday.

In Galatians 2:15-21 Paul summarizes the argument of the book in saying that no person, even Jews, can keep the law and be justified by God. No amount of good deeds is good enough to satisfy the demand of God’s perfect holiness, which is exhibited in His perfect moral standard, also known as the law. Therefore, being declared right (justified) by God comes by putting our confidence in what Christ accomplished on the cross for the forgiveness of sins.

In light of the truth of justification by faith alone as taught in Galatians 2:15-21, I said that we must be careful not to make moralists out of our children. If we teach our children to be good without the doctrine of justification by faith, then we are teaching them to be moralistic atheist, because a part from the gospel there is no good news. (Galatians 1:6-7) I am not saying we ought not to teach our children what is moral or lawful or good. We must train up our children in the way they should go. (Proverbs 22:6) But if in training them, we stress behavior at the expense of the imperative need to be declared right by God through faith in Jesus as the only way to God, then we will have made them just as much as sons and daughters of hell as the pharisees were in the New Testament. (Matthew 23:15) No one can behave their way into heaven because there is no one who does good. (Romans 3:11-12) Every person must be declared into heaven by God through faith in Jesus and that is why we must always be preeminently stressing the gospel in addressing morals and behavior.

The goal of life is not to raise up good people. As I said Sunday, Oprah is a good person and Gandhi was a good person but their goodness is inadequate in light of God’s perfect moral standard. As much as we would wish it otherwise, goodness apart from Christ is a mirage that leads to eternal death.

The gospel rightly taught will produce in people a desire to live righteously through the power of the Holy Spirit.(1 Peter 2:24-25; 1 John 3:23-24) But let’s not get the cart before the horse. Justification by faith precedes living rightly for the glory of God.

This is incomprehensibly good news and news that is cause for great joy because we are unable to earn a right standing with God.  But God in His mercy has given us a way to Himself in the gift of His Son, Jesus. So I implore you, moms and dads and every person in Christ, don’t teach others to be moralists, teach them to be gospelists who are declared right by faith in Christ alone.

About brentprentice

Brent is the lead pastor and one of the Elders at Eagle Heights in Stillwater, Oklahoma. He has been married to Lacey for 14 years and together they love two sons, Luke and Elijah, and a daughter, Bella.

Posted on October 12, 2009, in Salvific Gospel. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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