Reformation Sermon Illustrations

Reformation Sermon Illustrations

Uselessness of Reformation

During a visit in 1904 to a remote part of the Transvaal, I was lodging at a small house on the veldt. On retiring to rest at night, I could not help noticing the extremely dirty state of the bedroom floor. It looked as if it had not been cleaned for months. I determined that the following day I would call the landlady's attention to it, and ask her to have it scrubbed.

The next morning, however, I saw what had escaped my notice the evening before. The floor was of such a nature that no scrubbing could make it any cleaner. It was made of big clods of dirt, dried and hardened in the sun, and trodden down till a solid surface was formed, as level and smooth as any ordinary floor.

Of course I gave up the idea of asking the landlady to scrub it. The more such a floor was scrubbed the worse it would become. No amount of soap and water would do it any good.—Whither Bound

The same kind of floor is found in many houses in India. The floor of many of the houses of the poor is made of mud and cowdung, mixed, and dried hard. Such a floor can be made very even, and many of the laboring class who do not possess beds and sleep on mats on the floor prefer

it to cement or stone floors for comfort and heat in the cool season. The floor can be swept, but scrubbing with soap and water would only make it soft and muddy. The sinner's condition in the sight of God is like this. No amount of reformation can improve it: he must be made anew.

(Isa. 64. 6; John 3. 6, 7; 2 Cor. 5. 17)

Jack Jones wrote: 'Putting a hog in the living room will not change the hog's nature, but it will damage the living room. A lost man's nature will not be changed by placing his name on the church roll, but the church will suffer by his being a member.  Every Christian should be a church member; in fact, there is no place for a true Christian outside of the church. But the church membership has nothing whatever to do with the salvation of the soul. Billy Sunday was right when he said, 'Joining the church does not anymore make one a Christian than entering a garage will change him into an automobile.'"

We should remember and never forget that it would be better for a man never to be born physically than never to be born again spiritually. Yet many are dead spiritually and dead to the fact that they are dead, blind and blind to the fact that they are blind. However gifted, or educated, or intelligent, or refined, the natural man is absolutely blind to spiritual truth. And the natural man is more impotent to enter the kingdom than is a child to pound the Sphinx of Egypt into dust with a toy hammer.

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