The Myth of Neutrality
Sermon shared by Jerry Falwell
Summary: How to not take the road of "Easy Christianity", and ask the question, "What can I sacrifice for Christ?" not "What can Christ do for me?"
Audience: General adults
7. Shrinking pool of Christian discipleship
8. Waning influence of Christian institutions such as Salvation Army, YMCA, Christian charity, etc.
5. Today there is no middle ground.
Those who leave the church cannot end up neutral, i.e. "Iím not for the Church . . . Iím not against the Church:"
a. Secularization is a demanding god. It wants your complete devotion.
b. Pleasure is a consummate goal, to get it you must seek it with all your heart.
c. Lust is a divisive trap, what you think is satisfying may be tormenting to the possessor.
C. THERE NEVER HAS BEEN NEUTRAL GROUND BECAUSE CHRISTIANITY DEMANDED TOTAL ALLEGIANCE.
(Even though some in America thought our Christian culture was safe ground).
1. Total Devotion. "Thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thy heart, with all they soul, and with all thy mind" (Matt. 23:37).
2. Total Repentance. In comparison to anyone or anything else, we must totally love Jesus Christ. "If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple, and whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple" (Luke 14:26-27).
3. Total Discipleship. "If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me" (Luke 9:23).
4. Total Separation. Jesus said, "He that is not with me, is against me" (Matt. 12:30).
5. Total Submission. Jesus said, "You cannot serve God and mammon" (Luke 16:13).
D. PEOPLE WHO CROSS FROM ONE KINGDOM TO THE OTHER.
1. Those who deny Christianity. "Some . . . concerning faith have made shipwrecks, of whom Hymenaeus and Alexander, who I have delivered unto Satan" (I Tim. 1:20).
2. Those who were never Christian. "They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us" (I John 2:19).
3. Those who backslide. "But it is happened unto them (backsliders) . . . the dog is turned to his own vomit again" (II Peter 2:22).
4. Those who embrace false doctrine. "Some have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam" (II Peter 2:15).
5. Those who sell out to the flesh and the world. "If after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein . . . the latter end is worst than the beginning (II Peter 2:20).
E. PEOPLE WHO THINK THEY CAN DEPART
CHRISTIANITY AND LIVE IN THE MIDDLE.
1. Depart by neglect. Some wrongly stop giving attention to basic Christian discipline, i.e. prayer, Bible study, church attendance, etc. "Forsake not the assembling of yourselves together, as the manner of some" (Heb. 10:25).
2. Drawn off by temptation. Some wrongly stop following Christ because they have started following the world. "Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica" (II Tim. 4:10).
3. Default by neglect. Some wrongly think they can be neutral so they neglect Christianity.
4. Departure because they are busy. When we
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