Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message #180
TEXT: Romans 8:5-8
Today, we return to the journey of Christian -- the main character of Pilgrim's Progress. When we last saw him, he was worried about the burden of sin in his life and looking for a way to be freed from it. He met a man named Evangelist who told him how to begin his journey to the cross where he would be freed of his burden of sin. Christian began that journey. As he left the city of Destruction, his wife, children, and neighbors begged for him to come back. Two of his friends, Obstinate and Pliable, said they would go with him, but as soon as they got stuck in the Slough of Despond, they abandoned him, and Christian went on alone.
Help comes along and gets Christian out of the Slough of Despond, and sets him on his way again. However, Christian meets with another traveler -- Mr. Worldly Wiseman.
In our message last week, we explored the promise of salvation that Christian received from Evangelist. This salvation is only available through Jesus Christ who died on the cross for the sins of all mankind. It is through Jesus Christ that all people can get rid of their burden of sin. However, Mr. Worldly Wiseman tells Christian that there is another way he can get rid of his sin burden. Let's explore this way and see what the Bible has to say about it.
1. Let's look at the mindset of the world.
2. Let's look at the result of a worldly mindset.
3. Let's look at the alternative to a worldly mindset.
The way of the world is the way of regret. It is the way of constantly saying, "I wish I had done this..." or "I should not have done that..." You may enjoy it for a while, but soon, you will be reminded of your burden. Your burden of sin, guilt, and an unpeaceful conscience. Nothing this world offers can free you of that burden.
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