Damage Control

Text: 2 Chronicles 7:14 “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

Introduction: Many of the sins of the world have found their way into the local Christian church. If we are no different than the non-believer, what do we have to offer them? Paul basically said that we were not saved by grace so that we were free to break the laws of God. We are not fire insurance salesmen that say if you join the church that you can continue in sin and not pay the consequences at judgment day. Worldly repentance is being sorry that you were caught in sin. Godly repentance is sorrow with a change of direction away from sin.

We are their hope: 1 Peter 4:18 “And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?” Jesus has the words of eternal life. If we hide that hope by our own actions, where can the sinner go to find salvation? Do you think that God will be pleased? What wrath will the church bring upon its self if it changes what God has said that we must do?

Ichabod: Ichabod means that the glory has departed. 2 Timothy 3:5 “Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.” Even the lost can detect the powerless church. When I was growing up, there was one type of preacher “Hellfire and Brimstone!” They preached that Hell was hot and Heaven was sweet. They preached the whole counsel of God, from Genesis to Revelation.

They preached to please God and not men. The whole truth and nothing but the truth!

Obedience:  John 14:15 “If ye love me, keep my commandments.” All that Christ and God desire is that their people love them and obey the Word. We Christians are the hope of the world and eternity. We have the words of eternal life through Jesus Christ. Do not damage the cause of Christ.

Conclusion: Jesus is pure love and forgiveness. He is the way the truth and the life. The whole mission of the Church is to tell people about Jesus. The Holy Spirit will do the rest so that you can have a complete life. A friend that you can go to anytime day or night. May Jesus touch your heart and change your life.