Simple And Elaborate Excuses
Romans 8:7: Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.
Colossians 1:21: And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled
The human mind (the flesh) is able to concoct simple AND elaborate excuses to reject Christ. It continues to function in carnal Christians, finding them simple and elaborate ways to avoid serving the Lord. Some excuses I have heard in the past, some of which were my own: I don*t know enough of the Bible. That person is too evil to respond to the gospel. Let somebody else do it. That church is not perfect. I might fail. That person might reject me. I*m not good enough. I*m not sure I am saved. (When I lacked assurance early on I did not serve the Lord. I believe that particular problem keeps multitudes of believers from serving Him.) I*ll do it later. I am too tired. I have tried to witness to that person in the past. I am unprepared. I don*t have time. The Lord has not given me what I want so I*ll not give Him what He wants. The Lord cannot use me, etc. etc. There are a multitude excuses we all might use.
Isaiah 53:6a: All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; . . .
I may have encountered an elaborate excuse that I had not thought of before. A delightful man told me that he wanted to be saved, believed that he was not and felt that he was beyond God*s reach. I don*t know if he is a Christian who has an elaborate excuse for not serving the Lord or he is truly unsaved. I prefer to believe He is a saved excuse-maker. Regardless of his present spiritual condition, I pray that he will be given plenty of powerful reasons to serve the Lord. Strange as it seems, even to me, communicating with him was a blessing.
Care to discuss Simple And Elaborate Excuses with Ron?