Sin Sermon Illustrations

Sin Sermon Illustrations

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Shall We Change the Label?

Dr. J. Wilbur Chapman tells of a distinguished Methodist minister of Australia who preached on sin. One of his church officers afterward came to see and talk with him in his study. He said to the minister: "Dr. Howard, we don't want you to talk so plainly as you do about sin, because if our boys and girls hear you talking so much about sin they will more easily become sinners. Call it a mistake if you will, but do not speak so plainly about sin." The minister took down a small bottle and showed it to the visitor. It was a bottle of strychnine and was marked, "Poison." He said: "I see what you want me to do. You want me to change the label. Suppose I take off this label of 'Poison' and put on some mild label, such as 'Essence of Pepperment,' don't you see what happens? The milder you make the label, the more dangerous you make the poison."—W. S. Bowden.

In the Coffin

In Waterbury, Conn., a few months ago a Negro evangelist exhorted a wailing audience, with fists milling, to clean living. In front of the platform in the African Methodist Church a casket was piled high with flowers. The evangelist told of the horrors of hell, and there were not a few hysterical cries from his listeners. The newspaper announcement said that the service was to be a funeral. Over the coffin the evangelist chanted no eulogy. The dead man had committed every sin. He was wicked, and therefore he would go into eternal torment. When the sermon was finished, the audience was invited to file past the casket and take one look at this horrible sinner. Each man and woman peered into the casket. The casket was empty. A mirror in the bottom reflected the face of every person who stared.—Defender.

The Apple with a Wormhole

You have many times seen an apple with a wormhole in it. But did you know whether the worm began to bore the hole in the apple from the inside or from the outside? Many would say from the outside; but the scientist will agree with the common observer who declares that the worm began on the inside. As a matter of fact, they tell us that the egg was laid in the blossom and that the worm was hatched in the heart of the apple, whence he bored his way out.

And that is precisely the way the worm of sin starts work in the human life. He begins in the heart and bores his way out. We know it is true that out of the heart are the issues of life. Nor must we ever forget that the heart must be sound or the life will be mutilated.—Selected.

None Guilty

Paul J. Loizeaux said: "Oh, how hard it is to find sinners! If only I could find one, I have a marvelous message for him." Of course he meant sinners whe know themselves to be sinners, and such sinners that there is no hope for them but in the Saviour. To be a sinner is one thing. To know it is another. But whether we know it or not, God knows our sinnership, and knows if we go on without His saving help we must perish. But to deliver us from perishing He gave us His Son. That is the twofold reason then for this gift of gifts, God's great love and man's great need.—Sunday School Times.

What Kind of Sinners

The church of which Mr. Samuel Colgate, the great American business man, was a member, entered into an agreement to make special prayer for the conversion of sinners. For some days they prayed earnestly. One day applicants for church-membership were invited to present themselves. A woman came forward. Heart-broken, she told her story of what a sinner she had been, and how God had forgiven her for Christ's sake, and she wished to slip into a corner of the church and have the fellowship of God's people as she made the start for Heaven. The silence was oppressive. Then a member arose and moved that action on the application be postponed. Mr. Colgate arose and said in substance: "I guess we made a blunder when we asked the Lord to save sinners. We did not specify what kind. I think we had better all ask God to forgive us for not specifying what kind of sinners we want saved. He probably did not understand what we wanted." They all saw the point. The woman was received into fellowship.—The Elim Evangel.

When Danger Approaches

Major Whittle tells of a soldier who was posted in a forest to watch for the approach of Indians. It was a position of peculiar danger, three different men having been surprised and killed at this post without having time to fire a shot. The soldier was left with strict orders to observe the utmost vigilance. In a short time an object moving among the trees at some distance caught his eye. He watched it, with gun ready. As it came a little nearer, he saw it to be a wild hog. Another came in sight. He satisfied himself it was a wild hog rooting under the leaves. Presently in another direction the leaves were rustled, and a third wild hog appeared. Being now used to them, he paid but little attention. The movements of the last animal, however, in which was a slight awkwardness, made him think possibly an Indian might be approaching covered in a hog's skin. If it was an Indian, the safest thing was to shoot; if not, there would be no harm. He raised his rifle and fired. With a bound and a yell, an Indian leaped to his feet and fell back dead. The man had saved his life and prevented the surprise of the garrison by his watchfulness. So the child of God must be ever on the alert against the approaches of the evil one. Draw the Word of God upon every object that approaches you in this dark world of sin.—The Illustrator.

The Secret Working of Sin

Judas was unsuspected to the last. A secret sin works insidiously, but with quiet power. Its hidden ravages are awful, and the outward revelation of their result and existence may be contemporaneous. Until that revelation was made, probably no one ever suspected the presence in the man of anything but a few venial faults which were as mere excrescenses on a robust character, though these growths were something rude. Often a large fungus will start from a tree, and in some mysterious manner will sap the life-power on the spot on which it grows. They were like the fungus. When the fungus falls in the autumn, it leaves scarcely a trace of its presence, the tree being apparently as healthy as before the advent of the parasite. But the whole character of the wood has been changed by the strange power of the fungus, being soft and cork-like to the touch. Perhaps the parasite may fall in the autumn, and the tree may show no symptoms of decay; but at the first tempest it may have to encounter, the trunu snaps off at the spot where the fungus has been, and the extent of the injury is at once disclosed. As long as any portion of that tree retains life, it will continue to throw out these destructive fungi; and even when a mere stump is left in the ground, the fungi will push themselves out in profusion.—Scientific Illustrations and Symbols.


French doctors are trying to find a cure for blushing. According to the Bible, inability to blush, says The Gospel Minister, is an evidence of crime. This is what is written in Jeremiah 8:12, "Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? nay, they were not at all ashamed, neither could they blush: therefore shall they fall among them that fall: in the time of their visitation they shall be cast down."—Gospel Herald.

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