Chapter # 1 Paragraph # 4 Study # 15
October 12, 2004
Lincolnton, N.C.

<068> Thesis: Man's competition for the central position of "demonic divinity" is intense. Introduction: When Paul began to level his charges against mankind in Romans 1:29-32, he first laid out man's potent aversion toward everything Christ represents: righteousness, a servant's heart/mind, a focus upon people, and an over-arching commitment to Life as it is in God. Then he moved to a description of what man is like because he has been shut out of that Life by God's retributory vengence: because he is filled with envy, he lashes out at everyone who seems to have an experience that is more desireable than his own...but the categories remain fundamentally the same. In the text before us this evening we move into a third stage of the apostle's description of man. In this stage we discover six characterizations that are put together around a common thesis: Man is a powerful competitor for the central position in his world as defined by what I call a "demonic divinity". In a cliche, man wants to be at the center of the universe.