In this sermon, our founding pastor, W. Graham Smith, talks about man’s guilt before God and answers the question– is there any hope? Here are some excerpts:
Is there any hope? Thank God there is! Look at 1 Corinthians 6:9-11. “Don’t you know that the wicked [that is, those who live without any rules] will not inherit the Kingdom of God? Don’t be deceived; neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the Kingdom of God.” If you stop there it would be pretty depressing. But look at the next verse: “And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.” Now, that’s good news!
No person is hopeless. It doesn’t say, “God gave them up”; it says, “God gave them over.” He allowed them to reap the results of their own sin. But when you get so low that you have to reach up to touch bottom, then sometimes you get wise, and like the Prodigal, you think, “Hey, this isn’t the way to live. I will arise and go to my father!” There are lots of Christians today who weren’t saved until they hit bottom. And that’s why we sing “Amazing Grace”!
Now, how do you become a Christian in an ungodly world? The good news keeps getting better even as the bad news keeps getting worse.
(a) It’s not imitation. You don’t imitate the world and follow the world’s standards.
(b) It’s not isolation. You don’t say, “Let’s not work with or talk to non-Christians in case we become contaminated.” We were not saved and then sent to live in a monastery. This isn’t the answer.
(c) It’s insulation. God can insulate you so that you remain pure even in the impure world in which God created you to live.
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.