by Frank Pollard

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Romans 6:1-23
I tore this from a Reno, Nevada newspaper a little over a year ago.
"Very attractive, loyal Christian lady, 32, seeks very successful,
wealthy gentleman over 40 for immediate marriage. Love casino
gambling." It reminds me of the 1930s ad which stated "farmer
seeking wife with tractor, please send picture of tractor." And also
of the policeman who confiscated a slot machine under a law that says
"a steel trap shall not be employed to ensnare dumb animals." Well,
here is a woman, obviously in love with money, probably addicted to
gambling, willing to sell herself to any wealthy man and she
described herself as a loyal Christian lady. Two questions: If Jesus
Christ saved us by His grace, apart from works, are we are under any
obligation to live by the standards God's Word imposes? Question No.
2: Does our life in Jesus Christ make it possible to live differently
from the people who do not know Him? The first eight chapters of
Romans are doctrinal. They declare the basic truths of the Christian
faith. One through three lay foundation on which the Gospel is
built. We all need, must have Jesus Christ or there is no hope for
eternal life. This is the foundational truth of Christianity. This
is a simple, solid foundation of reinforced concrete and steel. It
is clearly stated that those who have never heard of Christ have been
exposed to God in creation and in their conscience, and having denied
this life, they are without excuse. Remember Jesus coming did not
make anyone lost. Jesus came only to save people who were already
lost. It is further stated that people who tried to do good cannot
cut it. They are without excuse. That those who are deeply
religious are lost and without excuse and those who count on their
heritage to save them are lost and without excuse. The summary
states, "for all have sinned and come short of God's standards." The
next section declares that Jesus Christ i ...

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