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Yesterday, the Orlando Sentinel reported on a man by the name of Timothy Pilgreen. Timothy is being held on 2 charges of murder and 4 charges of attempted murder after driving over 6 Outlaw Biker gang members on their motorcycles. Later, he blamed his rage on a history of drugs, alcohol and childhood abuse. He said he was abandoned at age 4, had been in and out of juvenile detention by 14 and spent nearly a year in prison for stealing a car when 18. My friends, God will not accept your excuses.

There are many people today who claim they act the way they do because of their environment. They act the way they do because their parents acted that way. They say, “It’s not my fault. I was brought up that way.” Or, “If you knew what my home life was like, then you would understand.

We live in a society where people try to make excuses for the way they act and the decisions they make. They want to say it’s their parents’ fault. They didn’t love me enough, or they pressured me too much, or I was potty-trained too soon, or my parents something.

If you only knew the bad breaks I’ve had, if you only knew the way people have treated me and cheated me. If you’ve been through what I’ve been through, then you would act the same way.

> Ezekiel 18:20 The person who sins will die. The son will not bear the punishment for the father’s iniquity, nor will the father bear the punishment for the son’s iniquity: . . .

My friend, your situation, your background, your environment, does not give you an excuse for rejecting Jesus Christ, and it does not give you an excuse for living in sin.

You cannot blame your laziness in following Jesus on others. You cannot blame the sin in your life on your environment. You cannot blame your bitterness on your spouse. You cannot blame your anger on your boss. You cannot say, “The Devil made me do it.” The Bible says it is your own choice.

> Isaiah 53:6 says, All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. In other words, you are what you have decided to be.

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