Summary: There is a point of no return....the point at which one has hardened his/her heart.
In many areas of life, there are points that we reach that
make it impossible to return.
A. Airplanes especially point this problem out.
1. Take-off......point of commitment....either
fly or crash.
2. Long range flights.....point of no return....
don’t have enough fuel to return to starting
B. Many times in business, one becomes committed
for the long haul.....can’t back out without
God’s word speaks of this same kind of principle.
Luke 9:62 - 62. Jesus replied, "No one who puts his hand
to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom
It certainly appears to me that God considers our decision
to become a Christian an irreversible one.
A. Not because God wouldn’t be willing to forgive
one who has strayed (as a lost sheep would)....but
that a person can make it impossible for God to
forgive him because he doesn’t want to return to
the things of God.
1. The yearning for the things left behind can
only indicate that one’s heart has changed in
regard to the things of God.
a. We have to ask ourselves this question...
“If God had not turned Lot’s wife into a
pillar of salt, would she have returned to
1.) In my opinion....my answer would
be, “yes”....because her heart had
turned back to Sodom.
When we become a Christian, according to Romans,
chapter six....we die to sin....to the rule of sin in our lives...
in other words, we turn our back on the world of sin.
Romans 6:6-14 - 6. For we know that our old self was
crucified with him so that the body of sin might be done
away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin--
7. because anyone who has died has been freed from sin.
8. Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will
also live with him.
9. For we know that since Christ was raised from the
dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over
10. The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the
life he lives, he lives to God.
11. In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but
alive to God in Christ Jesus.
12. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so
that you obey its evil desires.
13. Do not offer the parts of your body to sin, as
instruments of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to
God, as those who have been brought from death to life;
and offer the parts of your body to him as instruments of
14. For sin shall not be your master, because you are not
under law, but under grace.
A. If and when we would turn back to the things of
the world that we renounced....is it like starting
over again or is it worse?
II Peter 2:20-22 - 20. If they have escaped the corruption
of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ
and are again entangled in it and overcome, they are worse
off at the end than they were at the beginning. 21 It
would have been better for them not to have known the
way of righteousness, than to have known it and then to
turn their back on the sacred command was passed on to
22. Of them the proverbs are true: "A dog returns to its
vomit," and, "A sow that is washed goes back to her
wallowing in the mud."
Why is it so bad to leave the Lord....can’t we just come
A. Sliding away from God is the most dangerous
thing that any mortal can do.
I. Before we come to God, our sins were done........... in at
least partial ignorance and unbelief.
I Tim. 1:13 - 13. Even though I was once a blasphemer
and a persecutor and a violent man, I was shown mercy
because I acted in ignorance and unbelief.
A. God died for us on the cross while we were yet in
Romans 5:8 - 8. But God demonstrates his own love for
us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
1. His great love for us made His sacrifice.....by
B. The reason that our sins.......as odious as they
were........could still sway God to shed His blood
for them.......was because they were done in
ignorance and unbelief.
1. I think that this is very well illustrated at the
Luke 23:34 - 34. Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, for
they do not know what they are doing." And they divided
up his clothes by casting lots.
a. I would not presume to argue that He was
not speaking of those who were
physically killing Him.....but I also
contend that He was speaking of all