The Road to Hell

TEXTMatt. 7:13-14

INTRODUCTION:

A.      SOCIETY GETTING FARTHER AWAY FROM GOD.

B.      SIMILAR TO PROGRESSION DESCRIBED IN Romans 1:18-22.

C.      ARE WE FOLLOWING CLOSELY BEHIND?

I.      STEP ONE:  "GLORIFIED HIM NOT AS GOD."

A.      FAILED TO RESPECT HIM IN PROPER WAY( Matt. 10:28;  Heb. 10:31 ).

          -Gen. 1:1Acts 12:28.  God put us here, he can take us out.

B.      WE MUST GLORIFY GOD IN OUR LIVES( Matt. 5:16 ).

II.     STEP TWO:  "NEITHER GAVE THANKS."

A.      WE MUST RECOGNIZE WHAT GOD HAS DONE( Eph. 5:20 ).

          1.       God created us( Acts 17:28 ).

          2.       God showers us with blessing( James 1:17;  Matt. 5:45 ).

          3.       Victory over sin and death( 1 Cor. 15:55-57 ).

B.      DO WE SOMETIMES FORGET?( Luke 17:11-19Rom. 2:4 ).

III.    STEP THREE:  "BECAME VAIN IN THEIR REASONINGS."

A.      WHEN MAN REJECTS GOD'S WISDOM, HE FOLLOWS HIS OWN.

          1.       God's ways are belittled( 1 Cor. 1:23 ).

          2.       Humanism - Man has the answer( Eph. 4:17-19 ).

          3.       They became fools( Rom. 1:33 ).  How?  Look at 'em!

B.      GOD'S WISDOM OPPOSED TO MAN'S( Col. 2:8 ).

          1.       God planned it that way( 1 Cor. 1:21 ).

          2.       Where has human wisdom led us?( Prov. 14:12, 34 ).

          3.       Our warning( 1 Cor. 10:12 ).

C.      TRUE WISDOM( Prov. 1:7;  1 Cor. 3:18 ).

IV.   STEP FOURTHEY TURNED TO IDOLATRY.

A.      ALL HAVE AN OBJECT OF WORSHIP - PRIORITIES, COMMITMENTS.

          1.       The ancients worshipped things in nature - pleasure and profit.

          2.       Their lifeless mystical gods were created from this mind-set.

          3        We, too, can be idolatrous.

                   a.       Riches( 1 Tim. 6:17 ).

                   b.       Pleasure( Phil. 3:18-19 ).

                   c.       Paganism, spiritualism, mysticism, Pentecostalism.

B.      WHO DO WE SERVE?  WHAT IS MOST IMPORTANT TO US?( Matt. 6:24 ).

V.    STEP FIVEIMMORALITY.

A.      MEN MAKE THEIR OWN GOD SON THEY CAN MAKE THEIR OWN RULES

          ( Psa. 50:21 )

B.      THE RESULT?( Rom. 1:14-32 ).

CONCLUSION:

A.      THE JEWS FOLLOWED THIS SAME ROAD.

B.      WHAT ABOUT US?

          1.       As a nation?

          2.       As a church?

          3.       As individuals?