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Sermon #5235

Dead Religion

A Sermon on Psalm 50:1-23


Psalms 50:1-23 ESV KJV
A Psalm of Asaph. The Mighty One, God the LORD, speaks and summons the earth from the rising of the sun to its setting. Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God shines forth. Our God comes; he does not keep silence; before him is a devouring fire, around him …

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Sermon Description

The sinner thinks God is like a human. They believes God will simply forget their sin. They assume God will forget it and not deal with it. But does God overlook sin? Is He not the solemn judge of the heavens and earth? The atheist outright rejects this God and their life is lived accordingly with no contradiction. The atheist believes there is no God and their actions mirror those beliefs. In this sermon on Psalm 50:1–23 titled “Dead Religion,” Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones sets forth to express how there is a human worse than the atheist: they claim to believe in God yet lives their life as if there is no God. Exploring Psalm 50:1–23, Dr. Lloyd-Jones explains that this person believes that God is like themselves. They believe that God will not deal with sin and they ignore God’s wrath. They deny God’s judgement, assuming there is no hell. They minimize their own sin. This error is not simply doctrinal deficiency, but they have made a god in their own image. On the contrary, God wants people to know who He truly is. Listen as Dr. Lloyd-Jones calls the hearer to rightly know God and see His salvation so that Christians may live lives praising and glorifying His name.

Sermon Breakdown

  1. People substitute their own ideas of God for the true idea of God. They make God in their own image according to their own thoughts and opinions.
  2. People take only a theoretical interest in God and religion. They declare God's statutes and take his covenant in their mouth but they hate instruction and cast God's words behind them. Their interest is purely intellectual and academic, not influencing their lives.
  3. People have a completely false and wrong view of sacrifice and offerings. They do it in a purely formal, external and mechanical manner. They think they gain merit from it and are even conferring a benefit on God.
  4. People fail to realize who and what God is. They would realize they are sinners if they knew God. They can't believe in the atonement because they don't know God. The root of all problems is failing to know God.
  5. People fail to obey God and keep his laws. They are called wicked because they declare God's statutes but don't keep them. The laws are to be kept, not just discussed.
  6. People fail to realize God is the judge. Because God is silent they think he is like them and won't judge. But God will reprove and set sins in order. There is a day of judgment coming.
  7. People fail to worship and praise God. God wants our hearts, not just outward actions. He wants praise, thanksgiving and worship.
  8. The real failure is failing to surrender to God. God wants us to realize we are utterly dependent on him. He wants us to call on him for salvation.

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Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) was a Welsh evangelical minister who preached and taught in the Reformed tradition. His principal ministry was at Westminster Chapel, in central London, from 1939-1968, where he delivered multi-year expositions on books of the bible such as Romans, Ephesians and the Gospel of John. In addition to the MLJ Trust’s collection of 1,600 of these sermons in audio format, most of these great sermon series are available in book form (including a 14 volume collection of the Romans sermons), as are other series such as "Spiritual Depression", "Studies in the Sermon on the Mount" and "Great Biblical Doctrines". He is considered by many evangelical leaders today to be an authority on biblical truth and the sufficiency of Scripture.