Summary: This sermon deals with the transformation from a lost sinner to one who is saved. The Movie "Regarding Henry" is the illustration point.
Let’s All Be A Henry Turner
9 Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites,
10 nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.
11 And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.
I like to watch movies.
My wife, Pat, thinks I’m just loafing, but that’s not true!
God often uses these movies to speak to me.
The sermon you are about to hear
was inspire to me by the Holy Spirit
as I watched the movie "Regarding Henry"
Regarding Henry is a movie that came out in 1991 starring Harrison Ford and Annette Benning. Henry Turner is a cold, rigid, slick, despicable, ruthless, high-powered, and successful wealthy lawyer willing to spin any falsehood to win a case. He lives in a luxurious New York City apartment with his beautiful wife and sweet 11 year old daughter. Yet, things are strained on the home front between the couple and money goes through their hands like water. Henry also cheats on his wife and treats everyone from the maid to his assistant with cruel selfishness.
Henry has just won a big case. Defending a hospital for negligence against a poverty-stricken diabetic, Henry wins! Its not the first time the little folks have gotten the shaft from Henry. He goes home to lecture his daughter Rachel for touching his stuff, and goes to dinner where he treats his wife Sarah like an accessory.
Would you agree with me that Henry Turner is a bad man?
This guy will do anything to win a case!
This guy is an adulterer!
This guy is a liar and a cheater!
This guy takes things from people that rightful belongs to them!
Would you expect a guy like Henry Turner to make it to heaven?
You were just like Henry Turner!
We were bound for hell, too!
Point #1. WE BEGAN AS SOMETHING LESS THAN DESIRABLE
Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, 10 nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.
The first 5 sins deal with sexual immorality and perversion.
That’s how the people of Corinth acted.
Is our nation is becoming a modern-day Corinth?
Are you concerned about the change in morals in our country?
They say it’s O.K. to pass out condoms to high school kids.
They say it’s acceptable to have many sexual partners.
They say fornication is acceptable.
But, the Bible says, "The sexually immoral will not inherit the kingdom of God."
Then it says: "...nor idolaters."
The word "idolatry" means worshiping something other than God.
But the Corinthian idolatry was the worship of Aphrodite,
the goddess of sexual immorality.
So people who practice sexual immorality
are just like the Corinthians.
They are worshipping the goddess of sexual activity.
Next, the Bible mentions "adultery."
It means sexual activity outside of marriage.
It’s being unfaithful to your spouse.
Many men and women are together at work.
They travel together on business trips.
There are numerous opportunities for unfaithfulness.
That’s one reason why about half of all marriages aren’t making it.
Satan is attacking the institution of marriage & the home.
Next, the Bible mentions "homosexuals and sodomites"
Sodomites were "male prostitutes".
We are constantly hearing about gay rights...
And lesbians and homosexuals.
We’re told that homosexuality is an acceptable lifestyle!
"Whatever happens in your bedroom is your business."
"It has nothing to do with who you are!"
That’s NOT true.
Who we are in our family relationships,
in our homes,
even in our bedroom,
becomes who we are in the outside world.
And that will always affect how we interact with others.
The Bible simply says that no one who practices these sexual sins
immorality, idolatry, adultery, male prostitutes, or homosexuality is not going to be in heaven.
That’s not hard to understand!
Then the Bible mentions some other sins.
No thief will see or inherit the kingdom of God.
Have you ever stolen anything?
Have you ever taken home things from work?
We’re all tempted at times to take things that don’t belong to us.
Then the Bible mentions "the covetous"
That means greedy people!
That Greek word used here refers to the grappling hook