Chapter # 2 Paragraph # 2 Study # 6
March 8, 2005
Lincolnton, N.C.

<106> Thesis: Hypocrisy within a performance system is a sufficient basis for condemnation. Introduction: We have been looking into Paul's approach to the blind arrogance of those who have embraced the theology of first century Judaism. We have seen that the problem (blind arrogance) is real: those who are "resting" upon their performance of the demands of their religion as adequate for blessing are not even aware that confidence in their performance is arrogant. This evening we are going to look into a portion of Paul's effort to pull the scab off of that festering sore. Everyone knows how painful it is to pull a scab off of a sore that is not yet healed, but self-righteousness is a festering sore that will never heal unless it is exposed without mercy. This physical/medical analogy will fall apart if we press it too far, but we do need to go into our study this evening understanding that those who are self-righteous will resist exposure tooth and nail. But we also need to understand that such "resistance" is at the very heart of the conflict over the Gospel. None can be saved who refuse to allow the reality of their sin to penetrate their souls.