Sermon Text: Romans 2:14-16

Scriptures Referenced: Exodus 20:2-3, Matthew 5:20, Matthew 5:43–45, Matthew 22:36–40, Matthew 5:48, James 2:10–11, Psalm 51:4, John 3:19–20, Galatians 3:10, James 2:10, Luke 18:13–14


  1. Do you live up to your own law?
  2. Do you live up to God’s law?
  3. Who is responsible?
  4. What will you do with your debt?


Eichmann asked the Israeli president, Yitzhak Ben-Zvi, for a pardon, arguing, “I was not a responsible leader, and as such do not feel myself guilty.”

In the letter, Eichmann repeated the defense offered at his four-month trial in 1961: that he was a low-level functionary following orders and that he should not be held accountable for the crimes of his superiors. He wrote that the judges who convicted him were “not able to empathize with the time and situation in which I found myself during the war years.”
— Pardon Plea by Adolf Eichmann, Nazi War Criminal, Is Made Public, ISABEL KERSHNER, NY Times, January 28, 2016
They love truth when it enlightens them, they hate truth when it accuses them…They hate truth when it reveals itself, they hate truth when it reveals them.
— St. Augustine, Confessions
In no way does the complexity and gravity of our situation absolve us of responsibility. To blame our reactivity on the devil or on our parents or on anyone or anything else is to doom ourselves to relational failure with God and others. If we want to change, we must own our reality before God. 
— Rich Plass and Jim Cofield, The Relational Soul
We cannot understand God’s grace without first understanding God’s law... If we cheat on law, we are cheated on grace…A big view of God’s grace depends on a big view of God’s law.
— Paul Zahl, Grace in Practice



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