by Rick Ferguson

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A Solid Place to Stand: A Doctrinal Survey Of The Book Of Romans (42 of 42)
The Guiding Principle of Love: Love vs. Judgementalism
Rick Ferguson
Romans 14:3-13

Introduction: One of my great fears as a Preacher and as a Pastor is that I would make the hypocritical error of preaching beyond where I am living.

The scripture we are going to study today is one that has riveted my own attention and caused me to do a great deal of personal reflection about my own life and disposition.

I want us to come again to the Book of Romans, chapter 14 where the Apostle Paul deals with the issue of Christians becoming "JUDGMENTAL." And gives a strong warning against Christians becoming self-righteous and judgmental toward each other.

As Christians, we believe the Bible is the Word of God, and we believe strongly in moral absolutes, based on the teaching of God's word. But I fear the great danger we all face is the danger of becoming "self-righteous" and judgmental in our hearts . . . I KNOW THIS IS A REAL ISSUE IN MY LIFE . . . And I fear that as I search my own heart and disposition, I find myself becoming judgmental toward other people who don't live up to my expectations.

I find myself sometimes having expectations of other people that I can't live up to myself. And it is easy to become condescending and judgmental toward other people who are not living up to my superficial standards of righteousness, and my personal preferences of spirituality.

Maybe the message I believe God has given me to preach today is for no one else but me . . . But the Holy Spirit would not let me move any further through the Book of Romans until I dealt with the issue of
JUDMENTALISM that is addressed in chapter 14.

As you are locating the 14th chapter of Romans in your Bibles, let me comment on the broader context of the verses we are about to read together.

The church at Rome was evidently experiencing some division and disharmony in their fellowship.

The pe ...

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