"How will God judge the world?"
Text: Romans 3:6
THE WINDING ROAD OF PERVERSE REASONING
Once a person starts on the road of perverse reasoning, he soon finds that he is on a long and winding road. Let us ponder the following statements.
“But if our unrighteousness demonstrates
the righteousness of God, what shall we say?
Is God unjust who inflicts wrath?
For if the truth of God has increased through my lie to His glory,
why am I also still judged as a sinner?
And why not say, ‘Let us do evil that good may come’?-
as we are slanderously reported and as some affirm that we say:
Their condemnation is just.”
Romans 3:5, 7, 8
We have a series of perverted thoughts, phrased as questions.
1. If our unrighteousness demonstrates the righteousness of God
a) The claimant is suggesting that God cannot inflict wrath, since he stands to gain by man’s unrighteousness.
b) It would appear that the sinner is putting God into a good light, thus God should not judge him!
2. If the truth of God has increased through my lie to His glory
a) The claimant is suggesting that lies can lead to the glory of the Lord.
b) Lies can cause the truth of God to increase (in value).
c) The suggestion is that God should not judge the liar as a sinner worthy of judgment.
3. And why not say, ‘Let us do evil that good may come?’
a) The claimant goes one step further to suggest that the perpetration of evil may result in good
b) If this is the case, then why not pursue evil?
This is the winding road of perverse thinking! Should the genuine believer allow for this line of thought? Paul’s reply was swift and unhesitating!
“Certainly not! For then how will God judge the world?”