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TITLE: Legislating Morality
TEXT: 1 Timothy 1:8-11
PROPOSITION: We must seek to live by the moral code of
KEY WORD: Reasons
SCRIPTURE READING: Same
of the thoughts are quotes are from Legislating Morality, by Norman
Geisler and Frank Turek, Bethany House, 1998
values on the decline in last 3 decades.
turn to the government for help.
– Religious Right "Moral Majority" began seeking to control congress
– "You can't legislate morality."
– Food stamp bill (1995) – lost the fight and said
Rep. La Garza (TX) "We have a responsibility – a moral responsibility to
Others called the Republican bill "Immoral and mean-spirited."
can't have it both ways.
Biblical – Examine the text
The law is good.
8 – The law is good – use it lawfully (properly).
were not made for good, decent, law-abiding citizens.
are passed when there is unfairness, cheating.
Define the terms.
– not subject to laws, insubordinate – not obey commands
– irreverent, sinners – law breaker
– wicked, profane – cross threshold, leave the house of God
– willful taking of human life
– Unfaithful to their spouse
– Homosexual acts
– (Slave-traders) profit in human flesh
– speak what you know to be false
– not keep your promise or oath
to sound doctrine – And such like (Galatians 5:21)
Logical – Think about it
All laws ARE MORAL in nature.
at the list above
laws – speed, stop, no passing
Rights laws, Abortion,
– IRS Code – adjusting to keep it fair
Marriage penalty, adjust deductions for inflation
you see something that is immoral – "There ought to be a law."
morality is not only constitutional, but unavoidable and necessary.
The only question is "Whose morality should be legislated?"
Democrats, Reform party, Green party?
yours, OR God's morality?
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