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   Whom Will You Blame?

"He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me was love." --- (SofS 2:4)
Travis Case, Pastor/Teacher          Northgate Baptist Church          F.E.A.S.T Ministries


Jeremiah 13:21-23, "What wilt thou say when he shall punish thee? for thou hast taught them to be captains, and as chief over thee: shall not sorrows take thee, as a woman in travail? 22 And if thou say in thine heart, Wherefore come these things upon me? For the greatness of thine iniquity are thy skirts discovered, and thy heels made bare. 23 Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots? then may ye also do good, that are accustomed to do evil."

Introduction:

A. What will you say when you stand before God in Judgment?

B. What will you say when He shall punish you?

C. Whom Will You Blame for your being in hell?

I. We, As Christians, Should Be Careful That We Will Not Be Blamed!

A. Ezekiel 3:17-18, "Son of man, I have made thee a watchman unto the house of Israel: therefore hear the word at my mouth, and give them warning from me. 18 When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand."

B. Fathers! what about your Son? --- Mothers! what about your Daughters? --- what about your Brothers, your Sisters, your next door Neighbors?

II. Sinner Friend, You Cannot Blame God!

A. 2 Peter 3:9, "The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance."

B. John 3:16, "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."

III. You Cannot Blame Christ!

A. 1 Timothy 1:15, "This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief."

B. John 10:10, "The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly."

C. John 6:37, "All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out."

D. You Cannot Blame Circumstance --- Nothing Can Keep You From Coming To Christ:

John 5:40, "And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life."

IV. You Cannot Say, "I Am Not A Sinner!"

A. Romans 5:12, "Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:"

B. Psalm 51:5, "Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me."

C. Romans 3:9, "What then? are we better than they? No, in no wise: for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin;"

D. Ecclesiastes 7:20, "For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not."

V. You Cannot Say, "I Am Doing The Best I Can!"

A. Matthew 19:16-22, "And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life? 17 And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments. 18 He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, 19 Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 20 The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet? 21 Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me. 22 But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions."

B. Isaiah 64:6, "But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away."

C. Ezekiel 33:12-13, "Therefore, thou son of man, say unto the children of thy people, The righteousness of the righteous shall not deliver him in the day of his transgression: as for the wickedness of the wicked, he shall not fall thereby in the day that he turneth from his wickedness; neither shall the righteous be able to live for his righteousness in the day that he sinneth. 13 When I shall say to the righteous, that he shall surely live; if he trust to his own righteousness, and commit iniquity, all his righteousnesses shall not be remembered; but for his iniquity that he hath committed, he shall die for it."

D. Acts 13:39, "And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses."

VI. You Cannot Say, "I Have Turned Over A New Leaf And Joined The Church!"

A. Titus 3:5, "Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;"

B. Judas Iscariot was even a member of the First Church.

C. Romans 3:24-28, "Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: 25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; 26 To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus. 27 Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith. 28 Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law."

VII. You Cannot Say, "I Have A Good Heart!"

A. Luke 16:15, "And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God."

B. Jeremiah 17:9, "The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?"

C. 1 Samuel 16:7, "But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart."

VIII. You Cannot Say, "I Will Do All I Can And Trust In The Lord For The Rest!"

A. Proverbs 14:12, "There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death."

B. Romans 11:6, "And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work."

C. Ephesians 2:8-9, "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast."

D. Zechariah 4:6, "Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts."

IX. You Cannot Say, "God Is Too Good To Punish Me In Hell!"

A. Romans 6:23, "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."

B. Revelation 20:14, "And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death."

C. God Sends No One To Hell --- You Go There By Your Own Choice!

X. You Cannot Say, "I Have Done Nothing Worthy of Hell!"

A. Hebrews 9:27, "And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:"

B. Have You Failed To Repent?

Luke 13:3, "I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish."

XI. You Cannot Say, "I Have Not Been Warned!"

A. You Are Being Warned Right Now And It May Be Your Last!

B. Genesis 6:3, "And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years."

C. Proverbs 29:1, "He, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy."

D. Job 36:18, "Because there is wrath, beware lest he take thee away with his stroke: then a great ransom cannot deliver thee."

E. John 3:18, "He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God."

XII. You Cannot Say, "There Is Plenty of Time To Settle This Matter!"

A. 2 Corinthians 6:2, "(For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)"

B. Proverbs 1:24-28, "Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded; 25 But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof: 26 I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh; 27 When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you. 28 Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me:"

C. Isaiah 55:6, "Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:"

XIII. You Cannot Say, "I Have Kept The Law!"

A. James 2:10, "For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all."

B. Romans 3:19, "Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God."

C. It Takes The Blood of Jesus Christ To Cleanse Us From Sin!

1 John 1:7, "But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin."

XIV. You May Say, "I Do Not Believe In Hell!"

A. However, two minutes in hell will change your mind --- there are No Unbelievers In Hell!

B. You will realize then that:

1. The Bible is the Word of God,

2. You are a Sinner,

3. Christ died for your sins,

4. You could have been saved by Trust Christ,

5. But, now it is too late.

C. Just because you may not believe something -- does Not Alter The Facts.

D. The Responsibility Is Your And Your Alone .....

XV. You Are Left Without Excuse:

A. Romans 1:20, "For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:"

B. Proverbs 22:3, "A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished."

C. Acts 16:31, "And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house."

D. Your Salvation Is A Personal Matter .....





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