Without Excuse
Rom 1:20

For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. (NAS)

Introduction
I have heard some ridiculous excuses in my life time. One lady said I don't come to church anymore often than I do because it to far to walk and not far enough to get the car out for.

Recently I ask a preacher if he was going to the pastor's breakfast and he said no I have been invited out for lunch today. I have teased him about that and said any excuse will work if you make it.

Today I want to list several excuses and give the Bible's answer to that excuse. See if you find your self in any of these excuses.
 
 

1.    Some Have Said:   "I don't have enough faith"



God's Word Says:
Rom 12:3
3 For through the grace given to me I say to every man among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to each a measure of faith. (NAS)

Eph 2:8   (NAS)
8 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, {it is} the gift of God;
 

Illustration
Do you know how to increase your faith? The Bible tell us in Rom 10:17 So faith {comes} from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ. (NAS)
 

Application

If you want to increase in your faith saturate your self with the word of God.
 
 

2.    Some Have Said:  I Couldn't Hold Out.



God's Word Says:
Ps 37:25
25 I have been young, and now I am old; yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, or his descendants begging bread. (NAS)

Isa 41:10 (NAS)
10 'Do not fear, for I am with you; do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.'

Heb 13:5
5 Let your character be free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for He Himself has said, "I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you," (NAS)
 
 

3.    Some Have Said:   I Can't Forgive Myself.



God's Word Says:
Rom 4:7-8 7 "Blessed are those whose lawless deeds have been forgiven, and whose sins have been covered. 8 "Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord will not take into account." (NAS)

Rom 5:1 Therefore having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, (NAS)

Rom 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. (NAS)
 

Illustration  
On one occasion I went to visit a man who was a member of our church who had to spend some time in the hospital.  He was in a semi-private room and I got into a conversation with the other man in his room.  We seemed to be able to relate well and the man said,  I would like you to come visit me when I get out of the hospital and I get out tomorrow."

I told the man that I would be happy to visit with him.   And I got a call from this man when he got home and once again invited me to come to his house.  I did.  When I got to the home, his wife welcomed me and ushered me back to the bedroom where this man was still recuperating.  I sat on the bed and we talked.  The man began to cry and he said, "I cannot forgive myself of the sins that I have committed."  I began to reason with him and talk with him about forgiveness and then he told me what sins he had committed.

He confessed to me that he had molested some little girls when he was a younger man.  He wept bitterly and said, "I just can't forgive myself."  My first reaction, since I was a father of little girls at that time, my first reaction was to smack him as hard as I could and say, "you don't deserve to be forgiven, go to hell"  and to leave.  But I no sooner got that thought out of my mind that God said to me, "Who are you to judge sin?"  And I realized that if that man desired forgiveness God was at work in his heart and God was willing to forgive him of that sin.

You and I many times place certain sins in a category beneath other sins.  But God says all of sin comes short of the glory of God.  All of us need forgiveness.
 

Application

If you are not forgiving your self you are judging sin and God has not given you that prerogative.
 
 

4.    Some Have Said:  "Nobody really loves me"



God's Word Says:
John 13:34 "A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. (NAS)

Rom 5:8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (NAS)

John 3:16 "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life. (NAS)
 

Illustration
Have you ever thought about how many people love you? I heard a sermon tape by a minister in Florida the other day and he said "you are looking at one loved preacher. My wife loves me My Mom loves me my sisters love me my Children love me, my grand children love me and believe it or not some of the people in my church love me.
 

Illustration Tony Campolo, The Kingdom of God is a Party.
Tony Campolo, professor of sociology at Eastern College, tells the story of his visit to Honolulu for a Christian Conference. On his first night there, he awoke sometime after three (a six hour time difference had confused his sleep pattern) and left the hotel in search of a place to get something to eat. Eventually he found a tiny coffee shop. He walked in and sat down. here is his description of the events:

The fat guy behind the counter came over and asked me, "What do you want?" I told him I wanted a cup of coffee and a donut. As I sat there munching on my donut and sipping my coffee at 3:30 in the morning, the door suddenly opened, swung wide and to my discomfort in marched 8 or 9 provocative and rather boisterous prostitutes. It was a small place and they sat on either side of me.

Their talk was garrulous, loud and crude. I felt completely out of place. I was just about to make my getaway when I heard the woman sitting next to me say, "You know, tomorrow is my birthday. I'm going to be 39." Her friend responded in a rather nasty tone, "So what do you want from me?    A birthday party? What do you want? Do you want me to get a cake, and sing happy birthday to you?" "Come on," the women sitting next to me said, "why do you have to be so mean? I'm just telling you that's all.
Why do you have to put me down? I was just telling you that it is my birthday. I don't want anything from you. I mean, why should I have a birthday party? I've never had a birthday party in my whole life. Why should I have one now?"

Tony Campolo goes on; "When I heard that," he said, "I made a decision. I sat and waited until the woman left and then I called over to the counter to the fat guy and asked him, "Do they come in here every night?" "Yeah," he answered. "The one right next to me", I asked, "does she come in here every night?" "Yeah," he said, "that's Agnes. Yeah, she comes in here every night. Why do you want to know?" "Because," I replied, "I heard her say that tomorrow is her birthday. What do you say we do
something special for her? What do you think about throwing a birthday party for her,  right here in the diner?" A cute kind of smile crept over that fat man's chubby cheeks. He answered with measured delight, "That's a great idea. I like it. That's  great. Agnes is one of those people who is really nice and kind. I don't think anybody has ever done anything nice and kind for her."

 "Well, look" I told him, "if it is OK with you, I'll be back here tomorrow morning at 2:30. I'll decorate the place. I'll even get a birthday cake for her." "No way," he retorted, "the birthday
cake, that's my thing. I'll bake the birthday cake."

Two-thirty the next morning, Tony Campolo reports, I was back at that diner. I picked up some crepe paper and other decorations at the store, and made a sign of big pieces of cardboard that read, "Happy Birthday,  Agnes!" I decorated that diner from one end to the other. I had that diner really looking great. The word must have gotten out on the street because by 3:15 that next morning every prostitute in Honolulu was in that place. There was wall-to- wall prostitutes - and me.

At 3:30 on the dot the door of the diner swung open and in came Agnes and her friend. I had everybody ready; after all, I was sort of the informal master of ceremonies of this whole affair. It was my idea, so when they came in we all jumped up and screamed and we sang, "Happy birthday, Agnes!" And you know, I've never seen a person so flabbergasted, so stunned, so shaken. Her mouth fell open, her knees started to buckle, her friend had to offer her arm to steady her, and I noticed she had started to cry.

When the birthday cake with all the candles was carried out, that's when she just lost it. She started sobbing. Harry, the fat guy, behind the counter he gruffly mumbled, "Blow out the candles, Agnes, blow out the candles." Then he handed her a knife, and he ordered, "Cut the cake, Agnes,the cake." Agnes looked down at that cake, and then without taking her eyes off it, she slowly and softly said, "Look, Harry, is it all right with you if I, I mean,   if I don't, what I want to ask, is it OK if I keep the cake a little while? Is it all right if we don't eat it right away?"

Harry shrugged and answered, "Sure, Agnes,  that's fine, you want to keep the cake, keep the cake, take it home if you want."  "Oh, could I?" she asked. Looking at me she said, "I live just down the street a couple doors; I want to take the cake home, is that OK? I'll be right back, honest." She got off her stool, she picked up that cake,  and she carried it out of that diner like it was the Holy Grail. She walked slowly toward the door, and we all stood there just speechless. When the door closed behind her, there was stunned silence in the place.

Not knowing what else to do, I broke the silence by saying, "What do you say we pray together?" Looking back on it now, it seems more than a little strange that a sociologist from eastern PA would be leading a prayer meeting with a bunch of prostitutes in a diner in Honolulu at 3:30 in the morning. But I prayed. I prayed for Agnes. I prayed for her salvation. I prayed that her life would be changed, and that God would be good to her. And when I finished, Harry leaned over, and with a trace of hostility in his voice he said, "Hey, you never told me you were a preacher. What kind of preacher are you anyway? What church do you belong to?"

Just the right words came to me,   and I answered him quietly, "I belong to a church that throws birthday parties for prostitutes at 3:30 in the morning." Harry thought a moment, and then sneered as he answered, "No you don't; there is no church like that. In fact," he concluded, "if there was, I'd join it."

Application

How many people are like that cook.   They do not know about a caring church.

We have had children in Vacation Bible School who have said "No one Loves Me"

We need to make sure no one points a finger at us or our church with those accusing words.

Is our church that kind of a church?    Do people know we love them?    Do we love enough to tell them about Jesus?
 
 

5.    Some Have Said:   "God Wouldn't Forgive Me"



God's Word Says:
Eph 1:7 In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace, (NAS)

Titus 3:4-6 4 But when the kindness of God our Savior and {His} love for mankind appeared, 5 He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit, 6 whom He poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, (NAS)
 
 

6.    Some Have Said:    "I Can't Do It"



God's Word Says:
Phil 4:13
I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. (NAS)
 
 
 

7.    Some Have Said:  "I Am Not Smart Enough"



God's Word Says:
Ps 121:2 (NAS)
2 My help {comes} from the LORD, who made heaven and earth.

Illustration
I heard a very good black preacher say one time "Some Doctor Degrees are called Ph.D..   Do you know why? It stands for Papers Handed In Daily.

Conclusion

I quit high school in my second year. I had no desire to study and didn't have any purposes to go on for college. My mom and dad had separated and I thought well, I can just go make some money and add to the financial situation of our home.

When I was twenty years of age, I realized that I really was not a Christian and I gave my life to the Lord. Almost immediately I thought about the call to preach. But I said to the Lord, I can't be a preacher because I haven't got college and I have to go to seminary. All the preachers I knew had seminary education's so I realized that meant four years of college and three years of seminary and I did not really want to go to school.

I could not get away from the fact that God was calling me and so I surrendered to the ministry. I passed a GED test and went to college and seminary. There were several times along the way that I just wanted to quit school and just go ahead without any schooling but I remembered that story about the black preacher.

I remembered the statement  "The degree called by the letters Ph.D.. is papers handed in daily."  And so I handed in a paper and handed in a paper and handed in a paper and I had a little prodding from my wife but eventually I accomplished the goal of getting the education and the degrees.

But it was a matter of being persistent and saying "I can do all things for Christ who strengthens me," and "My help {comes} from the LORD, who made heaven and earth. "
 
 

Have You been using an excuse? What Excuse?

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