Chapter # 2 Paragraph # 1 Study # 2
November 9, 2004
Lincolnton, N.C.

<076> Thesis: Man's inexcusability rests upon his ignorant and evil attitude. Introduction: Last week we began to look into the second stage of Paul's presentation of God's case against humanity. It might be well for us to include Romans 3:9 in our consideration as we prepare for the study this evening. In that text, Paul tells us why he wrote 1:18-3:20. He pointedly says it was his intention of bringing every human being "under sin" and, thus, (according to 3:19) "under the judgment of God". Thus, in that light, this "second stage" of Paul's presentation of God's case against humanity is a further pursuit of man's "inexcusableness". In chapter one he levied the final charge that men knew beyond doubt that those who do evil were subject to the judgment of God and, in spite of that knowledge, revel in the performance of that evil that so justly condemns them to Death. Then, last week, as we broke into this second stage argument, we saw that man's inexcusability rests upon his irrationality. His knowledge that men do evil is abundantly witnessed by the fact of his willingness to express his "judgments" against "others". But, his problem is that he does the very things that he criticizes in others. This evening we are going to see more of this "problem".