In this sermon, our founding pastor, W. Graham Smith, preaches on the topic of sloth and laziness and what we should do to combat it. Here is an excerpt:

“…[T]hose old preachers were on to something. Social scientists today tell us that laziness is a major cause of evil, a primary cause of psychological illness, and the main reason why Americans are failing increasingly at human relationships…”

1. Laziness in relationship to love

“Did you ever realize that laziness is the major cause for the failure of marriages? Love is not something that just happens. You have to work at it…”

“My prescription for creating love is so simple that those to whom I give it don’t always take it seriously. Here’s what I tell them…”

2. Laziness in relationship to the Christian nurture of the family.

“…Most of the problems related to rearing children in our modern world are caused by parental sloth. Children grow up to be undisciplined and insufferable because parents are too lazy to do the hard work associated with nurturing them properly in the ways of responsible living. For example, many parents have given up on trying to get their children to make their beds and straighten their rooms. Why? Because…”

“So, the final question remains — “How can I get rid of sloth in my life?” And the answer is…”

 And all of us who believe in what Jesus did for us then, on Calvary, are able to invite the Holy Spirit to effect changes in our lives here and now…”


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.


March 19, 1989

Proverbs 24:30 and Romans 12:11

Rev. W. Graham Smith

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