Summary: The Scriptures are filled with illustrations of people who learned the hard way and oftentimes too late that sinful actions carry a high price and prove to be of no advantage to anyone. What, then, is your excuse?

The Bible has never been shy or unapologetic when it comes to exposing the sins, deceit, and wickedness of fallen humanity and our war against the righteousness and holiness of God. The Bible is open and blunt about the penalty for sin, but has also shown that the Lord God is not willing that any of us should die in our sins and end up in hell, although we deserve it. He has offered us the ONLY way out of our sinful predicament and that is through the work and person of the Lord Jesus Christ (Isaiah 45:22; Ezekiel 18:23; John 3:16, 14:6; Acts 4:12; Romans 5:6-11; 2 Peter 3:9). This present generation has settled on watering down the seriousness of sin and evil and the church has made reprobates comfortable in the pews sipping their lattes and hearing messages that tickle ears and dare not offend sensitive souls for fear of losing members or being seen by society and the world as some kind of "hate group" for even suggesting that we are accountable before a Holy, Omnipotent, Sovereign God for our actions and words when we take our last breath (2 Timothy 4:1-5; Hebrews 9:27; James 4:15-17). Spineless, jellyfish preachers who fear people more than the Prince of Peace will have accumulated spiritual junk that will burn instead of jewels that will shine when placed in the fire of Christ's righteous judgment (1 Corinthians 3:11-15; 2 Corinthians 5:10). Their woes are even more fearsome to ponder since their lifestyles, sermons, and teachings will be the evidence that the LORD uses to place the millstone around their necks and told as they descend into the depths of eternal darkness that He never knew them in the first place (Matthew 7:21-23, 18:6).

Time is running out, ladies and gentlemen (no other genders need apply or exist, thank you), and you have no control whatsoever when it comes to the events of this day and their outcome (Luke 12:13-21). If you are reading this sermon and turn away and laugh at what is being presented here, or curse Christ and go check out porn sites or the words of political pundits while deliberately ignoring or ridiculing the Gospel message, then leave with the knowledge that you have been warned. Your blood is no longer on my hands (Ezekiel 3:18). Your soul is in danger of judgment and eternal punishment in hell for rejecting the ONLY way to escape the coming wrath and terror that is about to come upon this world (Revelation 20:11-15). I beg of you to not turn away from the loving arms of the Savior this day (Matthew 11:28-30; John 10:28-30). Please continue to read what is being presented here and ask yourself if you are truly ready to face the fact that you will be pushing up the daisies one of these days, and then what ? I love you enough as a minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to be honest with you if no one else will when it comes to the matter of your behavior, actions, and words in the light of eternity.

The Bible shows us that the people within its pages did not walk around with haloes or traits that somehow kept them invulnerable from the worldviews and wickedness that we have wallowed in since the time after Eden. Look at these notable characters:

We start with King Saul, whose life and rule is presented in the book of 1 Samuel in the Old Testament. At first he was humble before the LORD. However, his ego and self-exaltation drove him far from God, and came to the point where most of his rule was devoted to hunting down and murdering the man whom God had anointed to be the next king of Israel, the shepherd-warrior David. Towards the end of his rule, Saul sought not the counsel of the LORD but the advice of a psychic, and ended up losing his life and that of his son Jonathan in a battle with the traditional enemy of Israel, the Philistines. His sins cost him his crown, his life, and possibly his soul.

There was Samson (Judges 13-16), called to the service of God even before he was born, growing up to be one of the judges (deliverers) of Israel. He wavered between devotion to God and the desires of the flesh in chasing after prostitutes and other vices. It culminated with his downfall at the hands of the Philistine seductress Delilah, with his eyes being put out and imprisoned. He died between the pillars of the temple of Dagon, the Philistine god as he brought it down with a final act of strength given to him by the living God. How would Israel have fared if he maintained a life devoted solely to the things of God?

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