Summary: Using the popular TV program Gilligan's Island, this sermon deals with the temptations of sin.
The Gilligan Zone
It happened in the spring of the year, at the time when kings go out to battle, that David sent Joab and his servants with him, and all Israel; and they destroyed the people of Ammon and besieged Rabbah. But David remained at Jerusalem.
 Then it happened one evening that David arose from his bed and walked on the roof of the king's house. And from the roof he saw a woman bathing, and the woman was very beautiful to behold.
 So David sent and inquired about the woman. And someone said, "Is this not Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?"
 Then David sent messengers, and took her; and she came to him, and he lay with her, for she was cleansed from her impurity; and she returned to her house.
 And the woman conceived; so she sent and told David, and said, "I am with child."
(Play the Gilligan’s Island Theme Song)
How many remember that TV program?
The Skipper, Jonas Grumby, and his first mate, Gilligan,
had been running an excursion boat, the S.S. Minnow
from Honolulu, Hawaii, offering a 3- hour tour.
On a Tuesday in September 1964,
the Minnow left the Honolulu harbor carrying 5 passengers.
The day the Minnow set sail,
the radio operator issued weather information
from the previous day,
making no mention of the approaching tropical storm.
When the Minnow got out to sea,
the storm flared up, and the tiny ship was tossed.
As the Minnow neared a reef,
the Skipper ordered Gilligan to throw the anchor overboard,
which Gilligan did--neglecting to make sure
it was securely tied to the ship.
The crew and passengers of the Minnow
would have otherwise endured the storm
and returned to Honolulu.
Instead the Skipper lost control of the ship.
Gilligan then threw the blowtorch overboard
and the ship's compass broke.
In fact, Gilligan fell overboard
and the Skipper fished him out.
After drifting at sea for 3 days,
the Minnow finally picked up a current
and drifted to the shore of an uncharted island
that couldn't be found on any of the Skipper's navy maps.
The Cast Included:
Bob Denver Gilligan
Alan Hale Jr. Skipper Jonas Grumby
Russell Johnson Professor Roy Hinkley
Tina Louise Ginger Grant
Jim Backus Thurston Howell III
Natalie Schafer Lovey Wentworth Howell
Dawn Wells Mary Ann Summer
Little did they know that a storm would come up,
they would end up shipwrecked on a deserted island,
and they would have to stay there, trapped.
When they boarded the Minnow that day,
they had no idea how far they were going to go.
They didn’t know how long they were going to stay.
A 3-hour tour ended up being a disaster!
Today’s message is entitled: THE GILLIGAN ZONE.
Gilligan's Island is, of course, just a TV show,
but 3-hour tours that take you too far
and keep you too long
are very much real life.
King David is a good example.
His story is found in 2 Samuel Chapter 11.
With one short-sighted decision,
David entered what I call the Gilligan Zone.
He decided to do something
that would feel good for a while.
David thought it would only be a brief pleasure trip
with his beautiful neighbor Bathsheba,
but David end up in the Gilligan Zone.
A few hours of pleasure
with the beautiful Bathsheba
trapped him into years of heartache and misery.
Could it happen to you?
Could you go farther than you ever wanted to go,
staying longer than you ever wanted to stay?
It all starts when we do a David.
We do something because it will bring us pleasure now,
but we will hurt from it for years to come.
That is the ugly secret about sin --
it looks like it will be enjoyable for us.
Like, David, maybe our bad choice
gives us some short-term enjoyment.
That cheating on someone...
that giving in to the pressure,
that sexual sin,
that compromise to get ahead or get accepted,
that corner-cutting on your integrity.
Something appears in front of you that looks good.
It will meet a need
or relieve the pain
or help you get ahead.
You only mean for it to be just a little while...
maybe just this once.
Just a 3-hour tour, right?
But sin does not let you go once you let it out of the box.
It will take you farther!
It will keep you longer than you ever bargained for.
In the words of James chapter 1
 Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.
 Let no one say when he is tempted, "I am tempted by God"; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone.