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THE SUFFICENCY OF GENERAL REVELATION TO CONVICT
AND THE INSUFFICENCY TO SAVE FOUND IN ROMANS 1:18-20

IN PARTIAL FULFILLMENT OF THE REQUIREMENTS FOR:
SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY 525

Liberty Seminary DLP

BY
Dan Baker
October 11, 2011

Table of Contents

Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Sufficient to Convict . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Exegesis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Other Scriptures. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Scholarship. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Conclusion. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 Insufficient for Salvation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 What is Necessary?. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 What is Lacking?. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Scholarship . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 Conclusion . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Answering the Fairness Question. .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13

THE SUFFICENCY OF GENERAL REVELATION TO CONVICT
AND THE INSUFFICENCY TO SAVE FOUND IN ROMANS 1:18-20

In today's inclusive and tolerant society, many Christians are confronted with conflicting ideas of fairness and salvation. Many ask the question, "if people do not have the Bible or know about Jesus (special revelation), how can God hold them accountable for their sins?" The need to answer this question from a Biblical perspective is important for two reasons. First, if it is possible that people without special revelation can come to salvation, then what truly is the burning need for missionary evangelism? And second, Christians need to understand God's Biblical position as a righteous judge and man's need for a Savior found only through special revelation concerning Jesus.

Using Paul's writing in Romans 1:18-21, this paper will attempt to demonstrate that general revelation is sufficient to convict someone of their sin before God, but insufficient to bring them to salvation in Christ. It will begin with examining the passage and attempt to present that general revelation gives sufficient knowledge of God to convict mankind of their sin before Him. It will then look at what the Bible says is necessary for Salvation and determine whether general revelation offers a way to meet the requirements. Finally, it will propose an answer to the question of God's fairness and judgment of those without special revelation. Sufficient to Convict

The Apostle Paul wrote in Romans 1:18-21, that mankind will see God's wrath because they refused to acknowledge and worship Him even thought they knew Him through creation (general revelation). To understand the sufficiency of general revelation to convict mankind, the key terms of the passage will be examined (exegesis), other passages in support of general revelation will be presented, and current scholarly works will be reviewed.

Exegesis

When reviewing Romans 1:18-20, there are...
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