Summary: Using a true story as the illustration, this sermon deals with getting into heaven.
What Will Keep You Out Of Heaven?
22 And He went through the cities and villages, teaching, and journeying toward Jerusalem.
23Then one said to Him, "Lord, are there few who are saved?" And He said to them,
24"Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I say to you, will seek to enter and will not be able.
25When once the Master of the house has risen up and shut the door, and you begin to stand outside and knock at the door, saying, ’Lord, Lord, open for us,’ and He will answer and say to you, ’I do not know you, where you are from,’
26then you will begin to say, ’We ate and drank in Your presence, and You taught in our streets.’
27But He will say, ’I tell you I do not know you, where you are from. Depart from Me, all you workers of iniquity.’
Last week’s sermon on "temperance" and "obesity"
generated several comments.
On his way out last week, Steve Shaw asked me a question:
"Is over eating a sin?"
I said that it is.
Then Steve asked me if a fat person could go to heaven.
Well, how would you have answered those questions?
Let’s deal with the first question: Is over eating a sin?
James 4:17 says: Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.
Most people know that over eating is not good!
We know that being over weight is harmful to the body!
Therefore, it must be sinful to eat too much and get fat!
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 says:
Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? 20 For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.
God expects us to take good care of our bodies!
The Bible tells us to be "temperate" or "self-controlled".
However, the question remains:
"Will Obesity Keep You Out Of Heaven?"
In our Bible passage for today..
Jesus was asked if there were few who are saved.
Jesus said many will strive to enter through the narrow gate
and few will get in!
Some who thought they would easily get in...
will be turned away!
So today’s sermon is about getting into heaven.
Today’s true story is about Alexandra Flynn of Fremont, Nebraska. She attended Fremont High School. With 1,350 students, Fremont High was one of the largest schools in Nebraska. Alexandra was looking forward to the 2002 Homecoming Dance. On the night of the big event, she got all dressed up and left home in high spirits. This promised to be an evening to remember for a long time for Alexandra.
More of that true story a little later!
There are sins worthy of hell.
Galatians 5:19-21 Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, 21 envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
Notice that word "practice" in Verse 21.
It’s referring to people who make a habit of committing those sins.
Now some of those sins do indicate
a lack of self-control or temperance!
But over eating is not mentioned!
Romans 1:28-32 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; 29 being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, 30 backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 31 undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, (How many church people do you know who refuse to forgive somebody?) unmerciful; 32 who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.
Again, over eating is not mentioned!
1 Cor. 6:9-10 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.
Drunkards and revilers have no self-control or temperance,
but over eating is not mentioned!
Ephesians 5:5 For this you know, that no fornicator, unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.