Dr. King Sermon Outline - "Moral Absolutism"

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Dr. King drafted this handwritten outline entitled "Moral Absolutism." The focus is on judgement and its relation to both good and evil.

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Dr. King Sermon Outline - "Moral Absolutism"
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Moral Absolution To begin with Scripture lays down at its beginning the categories of good and evil: "God saw everything which He had made, and behold it was very good.: (Gen. II:18) There is good and there is not good. So radical is the distinction, that the prophet Isaiah denounces as such to the last stage of perversity those who in his age confounded the two: "Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness..." Right is right and wrong is wrong and never the twain shall meet. All the dialectics of the logician cannot make them lie down together. I. There is an eternal difference between good and evil. II. Ways modern man perverts this truth 1. Psychologically justifying the righ[t]ness of the way. 2. Ethical relativism. 3. Says one "Whatever satisfies me, and whatever I can do and continue to live with my self is right for me." III. God is judgment is forever before us in the sense that he has set an absolute moral law in our midst. Judgment is ultimately the sentence that a a man passes upon himself for refusing to recognize this eternal law. Judgment is not some four off day in the future; but it is forever present. When I refuse to love as to be just I am passing judgment upon myself. See Brightman's Moral Laws for a list of the eternal moral laws. [Inserted at lower left indent beside the last paragraph: At least this is what the writer of the Fourth Gospel me[a]nt.
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