Sermon Illustrations

Illustration of our responsibility: April 19, 1995 at 9:02 a.m., the Federal Building in Oklahoma City was bombed resulting in the death of 168 people. Three men were ultimately arrested and tried in what was at the time the worst attack ever on United States soil, Timothy McVeigh, Terry Nichols, and Michael Fortier. Timothy McVeigh was found guilty and sentenced to death, Terry Nichols was found guilty as a coconspirator and sentenced to life in prison.

The third defendant, Michael Fortier, was found guilty and sentenced to pay a $200,000 fine and serve 12 years in prison. He was not found guilty of developing, deploying, or detonating the bomb. His crime was that he knew about the bombing before it occurred and failed to inform anyone.

Are we guilty of knowing the reality of hell and the opportunity of heaven and failing to warn others of the coming judgment?