Summary: There are none so blind as those that refuse to see. Mental and spiriutal blindness is a terrible disease that can thrive within the church. Lord open our eyes!
DOOMED TO FAILURE BECAUSE OF SPIRITUAL BLINDNESS #3
By Wade Martin Hughes, Sr. Kyfingers@aol.com
This is a two part lesson.
THERE ARE NONE SO BLIND AS THOSE THAT REFUSE TO SEE!
I. ASK THE QUESTION: WHY DID GOD CREATE THE SABBATH DAY? MOST SPIRITUALLY BLIND PEOPLE WILL ANSWER TO REST?
Can we see the disease of spiritual blindness in public worship?
A. WHAT DO SPIRITUAL BLIND PEOPLE CONTRIBUTE TO WORSHIP SERVICES?
Is my responsibility to God one hour a week?
Have we developed the attitude that we love to ride in the worship wagon, but we don’t want to push?
B. Has spiritual blindness or spiritual leprosy caused us to undervalue church attendance and spiritual participation?
I am talking more than just blindness that we will not go to church, --- we will go play golf?
I am exposing when we go to church we do not raise holy hands, we do not sing with fervor, we do not testify, we do not say AMEN to the word?
We leave like we came?
Has worship become no more than a spectator sport?
C. We live in a day where there are professional --- polished ministries.
It is their job to perform a good entertaining, up lifting service that will make us leave this place laughing and feeling good.
D. Well, we are to rest on the Sabbath day, that is true, but the whole duty of man and the purpose of the day is worship!
E. Have we seen? Have we heard what God’s Word says?
Exodus 20:8 Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9 Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:
F. HAVE YOU SEEN THE RECENT POLL?
60% OF WOMEN SURVEYED --- FIND OPRAH WINDREY’S SHOW MORE INSPIRING THAN THEIR LOCAL WORSHIP SERVICE? WHY?
Psalm 122:1 A Song of degrees of David. I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the Lord.
G. DO YOU HAVE A PERSONAL RESPONSIBILIITY IN A WORSHIP SERVICE?
We think that Sunday School teachers need to prepare their lessons, EVEN IF I AM NOT GOING TO BE THERE?
We know the preacher better have a good sermon?
We know the musicians better have some good sounding music?
H. Can we not see the second coming of the Lord is near?
Hebrews 10:25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
I. DON’T BE BLIND!
DO NOT PROFANE THAT WHICH IS HOLY UNTO THE LORD.
SUNDAY IS A HOLY DAY AND WE SHOULD WORSHIP THE MOST HIGH AND HOLY GOD IN SPIRIT AND IN TRUTH.
J. Let me ask you again:
What kind of church would this church be,
If every member were just like me?
K. BLIND CHRISTIANS CAN NOT SEE HOW IMPORTANT GOD’S HOUSE IS.
The society today is blind.
Kids miss church for baseball, football, dance, and recreation.
Why??? --- Is it more important than God?
II. WHAT YOU LOVE YOU WILL FIND TIME TO DO! That is a fact. CAN WE SEE WHAT IS GOING ON HERE?
A. Pretend with me?
I was drafted into the army?
I had to leave my sweet new bride and go to military training?
I sent her money every month?
B. After military training, I came home for a month and then received orders I was being shipped out for Viet Nam? (Draft era conflict)
I hugged my precious new wife and left for combat duty?
C. I wrote home often but my dear wife never wrote me one letter?
She cashed every check, but she never wrote me a love letter?
After a year of duty, I wrote her and told her I would be coming home on a certain date?
D. She was not at the airport to welcome me home?
E. WHAT IS GOING ON HERE?
It is easy to tell:
#1. She has been unfaithful to me while I was away?
#2 She never loved me in the first place.
III. SPIRITUAL BLINDNESS CANNOT ACCEPT THE ROLE OF THE INDIVIDUAL IN WORSHIP!
SOMETHING IS WRONG IN THE ATTITUDE AND THE HEART OF GOD’S PEOPLE THAT DO NOT LOVE HIS CHURCH AND ARE NOT FAITHFUL TO THEIR POST OF DUTY.
A. THERE GOES A SPIRIT OF INDEPENDENECE IN THE CHURCH.
I DON’T NEED YOU! I WILL DO MY OWN THING!
B. I REFUSE TO BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE!
There is great safety to the body and the individual where people of God are held accountable.
C. AARON HAD A ROLE AS AN INDIVIDUAL AND HE HAD TO DO AS COMMANDED, OR ELSE THERE WOULD HAVE BEEN MANY MORE DIED.
D. Who will run for the people? Who will stand in the gap for the lost and dying?