Who is to Blame?

TEXTGen. 3:1-21; Ex. 32:1-6, 15-24, 35;  1 Sam. 15:1-23

INTRODUCTION:

A.      EACH STORY - SINNERS NOT WILLING TO SHOULDER BLAME.

                                                                             Who did Adam, then Eve blame?  Aaron?  Saul?

B.      WHO'S TO BLAME IF I'M LOST?

I.      SOME ARE INDEED LOST.

A.      Mat. 7:13-14. JESUS TAUGHT MANY WOULD BE LOST.

B.      Matt. 25:46. ETERNAL PUNISHMENT.

II.     THE TERRORS OF BEING LOST, WHAT'S IT LIKE?

A.      Rom. 2:7-9; 2 Thes. 1:7-9. PAUL'S DESCRIPTION BAD ENOUGH!

B.      Mat. 25:30. OUTER DARKNESS & ETERNAL SORROW.

C.      Rev. 20:15. A LAKE OF FIRE.

D.      Mark 9:48. NO END TO THE MISERY.

III.    WHO IS TO BLAME IF I GO THERE?

A.      NOT GOD.

          1.       He desires that ALL be saved( 1 Tim.2:3-4;  2 Pet. 3:9 ).

          2.       He has invested his Son( John 3:26;  Rom. 5:8 ).

          3.       All we need to know is given by God( 2 Pet. 1:3;  Tim. 2:11 )

B.      NOT JESUS.

          1.       He died for all( Heb. 2:9;  2 Cor. 5:14-15 ).

          2.       Look what he gave up( Phil. 2:5-8 ).

          3.       He left a perfect pattern to follow( 1 Pet. 2:21-24 ).

          4.       He invites all to come( Matt. 11:28;  Rev. 3:20 ).

C.      NOT THE HOLY SPIRIT.

          1.       He has guided the apostles in their preaching( 1 Cor. 2:12-13;  1 Pet. 1:12 ).

          2.       The Spirit also invites all( Rev. 22:17 ).

D.      WE HAVE ONLY OURSELVES TO BLAME.

          1.       All men everywhere have an individual obligation to repent( Acts 17:30 ).

          2.       In a way, man must save himself( Acts 2:40; Phil. 2:12 )

          3.       We will all be judged by to our works( 2 Cor. 5:10 ).

          4.       Can anyone here plead ignorance( Rom. 1:20 ).

CONCLUSIONWHAT IS YOUR CONDITION?  WHO IS TO BLAME?