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Sunday 27 November 2022 Sermon “The greatness of our redemption”
Speaker: Phil Griffiths
Sunday 4 December 2022 Morning Service at 10.30am Speaker: Trevor Rimes
Are you going to be saved?
Someone asked Jesus “Lord, are only a few people going to be saved?” He said to them, “Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because I tell you, many will try to enter and won’t be able.” Luke 13:23-24 (Bible)
What do people generally think about the spiritual state of their relatives and friends, neighbours and acquaintances? They know that all around them are going to die. What they might not know is that they will also be judged. Do they realise that they have souls to be lost or saved? And what do they consider their end is likely to be?
Do they think those around them are in danger of hell? There is nothing whatever to show they think so. They eat and drink together; they laugh, talk, live and work together. They seldom or never speak to one another about God and eternity, of heaven and hell.
Will they let it be said that any of their friends are wicked or ungodly? Never, whatever may be his way of life. He may neglect the Bible; he may be utterly without evidence of true religion. Yet his friends will often tell you, “It doesn’t matter! He has a good heart, he is not a wicked man.”
And what do people generally think about the spiritual state of others after they are dead?
It is usual to speak well of those who have departed this life, however he has behaved while he lived. Yet, as soon as this man is dead, people will dare to say that he is “happier now than ever he was in his life.” They will tell you complacently, that “he has gone to a better world.” They will attend his funeral without fear and trembling, and speak of his death afterwards as “a happy change for him.” They may have disliked him, and thought him a bad man while he was alive, but the moment he is dead, they turn around in their opinions, and say that he has gone to heaven!
And what does all this prove? It proves that people flatter themselves there is no great difficulty in getting to heaven. It proves plainly that people are of the opinion that most people will be saved.
Now what solid reason can people show us for these common opinions? Upon what Scripture do they build this idea, that salvation is an easy business, and that most people will be saved?
They have no reasons, literally none at all. They have not a text of Scripture which backs up their views. They have not a shred of evidence which will bear examination. They speak smooth things about one another’s spiritual state, just because they do not like to admit that there is danger. They build up one another into an easy, self-satisfied state of mind, in order to soothe their consciences and make things pleasant. They cry “Peace, peace,” over one another’s graves, because they want it to be so, and would gladly persuade themselves that it is so. Surely against such hollow, foundationless opinions as these, a Christian may well protest.
Whether we like to believe it or not, hell is filling fast. Many are in the broad way that leads to destruction! Few are in the narrow way that leads to life! Many, many will be lost. Few, few will be saved.
“Enter in by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and many are those who enter in by it. How narrow is the gate, and restricted is the way that leads to life! Few are those who find it.” Matthew 7:13-14 (Bible)
Based on an article written in 1977 by J. C. Ryle, First Bishop of Liverpool.
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