10 Things You Should Know about Christian Ethics,  by a respected theologian – Wayne Grudem


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Wayne Grudem
July 24, 2018


Wayne Grudem (PhD, University of Cambridge) is Distinguished Research Professor of Theology and Biblical Studies at Phoenix Seminary.


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Joaquim Cardoso MSc.
Christian Spirituality Institute

August 27, 2022


This article is part of the 10 Things You Should Know series.


  • 1. Christian ethics teaches us how to live.
  • 2. The ultimate basis for Christian ethics is the moral character of God. 
  • 3. Christian ethics is based on the Bible 
  • 4. Christian ethics is essential to the proclamation of the gospel 
  • 5. Christian ethics teaches us how to live for the glory of God. 
  • 6. Obeying God brings numerous blessings to our daily lives. 
  • 7. Willful sin brings several harmful consequences to our daily lives.
  • 8. Christian ethics teaches us to consider four dimensions of any action, and nine possible sources of information. 
  • 9. We should never think that God wants us to choose a “lesser sin.”
  • 10. Using the Old Testament for ethical guidance requires an understanding of the history of redemption.



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1. Christian ethics teaches us how to live.


Christian ethics asks what the whole Bible teaches us about which acts, attitudes, and personal character traits receive God’s approval and which ones do not.


This means that Christian ethics teaches us how to live. 

It is important to study Christian ethics so that we can better know God’s will, and so that each day we can “walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him” (Col. 1:10).


It is important to study Christian ethics so that (1) we can better know God’s will, (2) and so that each day we can “walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him” (Col. 1:10).



2. The ultimate basis for Christian ethics is the moral character of God.


God delights in his own moral character, which is supremely good, unchanging, and eternal. 


His moral standards for human beings flow from his moral character, and t