Summary: In our witnessing for the Lord, you will hear at least eleven different excuses for not getting saved by those who are still lost in their sin. In the first couple of chapters of the Book of Romans, the apostle Paul refutes every excuse.
(Rom 2:1 KJV) Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things.
“Eleven Excuses that will not fly”
Every child of God has been called upon to “preach the gospel to every creature.” In our witnessing for the Lord, you will hear at least eleven different excuses for not getting saved by those who are still lost in their sin. In the first couple of chapters of the Book of Romans, the apostle Paul refutes every excuse. In today’s introduction verse, Paul says, “Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man!”
Excuse1. Who does God think he is anyway?
There are many who question the authority of God and the deity of Jesus Christ. Consider this verse:
(Rom 1:4 KJV) And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead:
The trump card of Christianity is the resurrection of Christ from the dead. In this resurrection Jesus is “declared to be the Son of God!
Excuse 2. No one ever loved me?
Some people use their past lives to excuse themselves. They, therefore, live angry and embittered. After all, life has been hard on them. Why would God allow them or anyone to be so “unloved.”
Consider these verses:
(Rom 1:8 KJV) First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world.
(Rom 1:9 KJV) For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers;
Christ loved you enough to go to the cross to pay for the penalty of your sins. The apostle Paul loved the people of Rome so much that, as a missionary, he was willing to forsake all and come to Rome to share with them the good news of the gospel.
Even this email by this preacher is a loving attempt to bring you into the family of God. You cannot say that “No one ever loved you!”
Excuse 3. I am too bad to be saved?
Before the apostle Paul came to Christ, he was an unlikely candidate for salvation. His life is a testimony that God is able to save to the uttermost.
Consider this verse of scripture:
(Rom 1:16 KJV) For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
The word “power” in this verse is “dynamite” power. Dynamite was used to build a road through the mountains. The gospel is powerful enough to move upon the stoney heart!
Excuse 4. Hey, I never met the man?
There are those who would say, show me Jesus and I will believe. I cannot do that. God requires a man to come to Christ by faith. Consider this verse:
(Rom 1:20 KJV) 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:
Although I cannot show the physical image of Christ, his handiwork can be evidenced at every turn in life’s journey. A lost man is without excuse.
Just as an orphaned child knows that because he is, he must have an earthly father and mother or he could not exist, a lost man should come to the same conclusion. There is in the heart of every man a knowledge of the eternal. (Eccl. 3:11)
Excuse 5. I have something else that I believe in?
Darwin has his set of books. The lost world has educated God out of their minds. Even those who have a religious persuasion that does not include the cross, feel themselves too educated for the simplicity of the gospel.
Consider these verses:
(Rom 1:22 KJV) Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
(Rom 1:23 KJV) And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.
Before a person will place there faith in Christ, the Holy Spirit through our witness must reveal to them that any other hope for salvation is a lie.
Excuse 6. I am just having too much fun?
There is pleasure in sin for a season. (Heb. 11:25) Many people have not yet come to end of their “season of sin.” They would say that they are having too much fun to be saved. Consider these verses:
(Rom 1:26 KJV) For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: