In this sermon, our founding pastor, W. Graham Smith, talks about the geography of salvation– what it means to be “dead in sin.” Here are some excerpts:

1. Sin kills innocence.

“No one is ever precisely the same after he has sinned. The psychologists assure us that quite literally we never forget anything. Everything we have ever done, or seen, or heard, has been stored away in our subconscious or unconscious memory. This means that…”

2. Sin kills ideals.

“Wrongdoing triggers off a kind of tragic process. At first a person regards some wrong thing like gossip or bad temper, or some more fleshly sin, with honor. The second stage comes when he is tempted into doing it, but even as he does it, he despises and hates himself. The third stage has arrived when he has done the thing so often that he does it without a qualm. The fatal power of sin is that…”

3. In the end, sin kills the will.

“Once a thing becomes a habit, it is not far from being a necessity. When a person has allowed some habit or indulgence to master him, he becomes its slave. His will is virtually helpless. He is…”

4. Trusting in Christ

“To trust yourself to Christ means that God, though holy and righteous, is pleased nevertheless to forgive us, to blot out our sins, so that in His sight we are reckoned to be as good as Christ Himself… It is our Savior’s work accomplished on our behalf; it is not our good works, or even our faith that saves us; it is…”

5. Receiving Faith…


The Geography Of Salvation. Graham has a lot more to say about this topic. If you would like to learn more, please download and read the attached transcript of the sermon, as the above excerpts do not even scratch the surface. If you would like to do a word search on the transcript, download the file, and then open the file with your web browser after downloading and use your browser’s find feature.


January 8, 1989

Ephesians 2:1, 2:8,9

Rev. W. Graham Smith

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