It is said that ignorance is bliss, but when it comes to the law of the land, the maxim is that ignorance does one an excuse and thus cannot be used in a person’s defense. The same can also be said when it comes to our relationship with God and of His word.

Now, it may seem freeing not knowing that something is sin or sinful, but, unfortunately, ignorance of God and of His word doesn’t save a person come time of judgement. No one can say to the Lord, “I never knew!”

Catch what the Apostle Paul says.

“For as many as have sinned without law will also perish without law, and as many as have sinned in the law will be judged by the law… (they all) show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and between themselves their thoughts accusing or else excusing them” (Romans 2:12-15).

And so, while not knowing the law they still know deep down within themselves when something is wrong, and that is a law unto itself that will judge them in the end.

The Apostle Paul later says, “I was alive once without the law, but when the commandment came, sin revived and I died. And the commandment, which was to bring life, I found to bring death.” (Romans 7:9-10)

The problem with the law is that it’s deceiving. Men think that by keeping the law they can earn acceptance with God and thus work their way to heaven. But the purpose of the law (and the conscience) is to bring us to the reality that we cannot be right with God on our own; therefore, we need a Savior to save us.

And so, the reality of judgment is evident within everyone, whether they want to believe it or not. Everyone is acutely aware of his or her need to be right with God.

And so, ignorance of the law is no excuse, and while the law does bring the knowledge of sin, it also brings the knowledge of the Savior, the Messiah, the one who would suffer and die so that we can be set free from the bondage of sin and death.

In Galatians 3:24-26, Paul said, “Therefore the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor. For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.”

Therefore, ignorance isn’t bliss, neither is it freeing. Instead come to Christ and be set free from the law of sin and death.

Dennis Lee is the Senior Pastor of Living Waters Fellowship located at 211 West First South, Mesquite, NV., behind ACE Hardware.

Sunday Morning Service is at 10 a.m. The message is entitled, “The Balm of Gilead.” Sunday Evening at 6 p.m. we’ll be looking at “A Dynamic Church” from 1 Thessalonians 1.

Wednesday Evening Men’s and Women’s Bible Studies begin at 6 p.m. The Women’s Bible Study is looking at the letters of John, and the Men’s Bible study is looking at Gene Getz, “The Measure of a Man.” 

Our services can be watched live or at a time best suited for your needs on our YouTube Channel “Mesquite NV Living Waters Fellowship.”

 

 

Dennis Lee is the Senior Pastor of Living Waters Fellowship located at 211 West First South, Mesquite, NV., behind ACE Hardware. 

Sunday Morning Service is at 10 a.m. The message is entitled, “A Warning Given.” Sunday Evening service begins at 6 p.m.   

Wednesday Evening Men’s and Women’s Bible Studies begin at 6 p.m. The Women’s Bible Study is looking at the letters of John, and the Men’s Bible study is looking at Gene Getz’s, “The Measure of a Man.”

Our services can be watched live or at a time best suited for your needs on our YouTube Channel “Mesquite NV Living Waters Fellowship.”

6 thoughts on “Ignorance isn’t Bliss

    1. Wes, thanks for the feedback. I hope your keeping warm up there in North country. Take care and God bless

  1. I have used that scripture in Romans 2:12-15 to help people understand that I’m ministering to who ask, “what about those people who have never heard, especially in third world countries”. I then use that as an offspring to let them know that the purpose of the law is to lead us to Christ, as seen in Galatians 3:24-26 mentioned here, ““Therefore the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor. For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.” Until one recognizes their sinful condition, they are not going to recognize their need for a Savior and that it comes by faith in Christ alone, and not of their own merits. Ephesians 2:8-9, “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.”

    1. Debbie, It neat to see how we can apply God’s word to the various individuals that we come across who wonder about why the gospel is important to them. Have a great rest of your day. God bless

  2. Pastor Dennis
    Thanks for the message, it is so helpful in a world that does not acknowledge God, and His Love and Mercy for us.
    We should not be ignorant of the TRUTH

    Thanks
    James

    1. Thanks James, in the end we aren’t going to be able to plead ignorance, so it’s best to know Who God is now, and what His word tells us. Take care and have a great rest of your day and weekend.

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