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That’s the Way of the World (Pilgrim’s Progress According to the Bible #2)

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Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message #180

TEXT: Romans 8:5-8

Today, we return to the journey of Christian — the main character of Pilgrim’s Progress. When we last saw him, he was worried about the burden of sin in his life and looking for a way to be freed from it. He met a man named Evangelist who told him how to begin his journey to the cross where he would be freed of his burden of sin. Christian began that journey. As he left the city of Destruction, his wife, children, and neighbors begged for him to come back. Two of his friends, Obstinate and Pliable, said they would go with him, but as soon as they got stuck in the Slough of Despond, they abandoned him, and Christian went on alone.

Help comes along and gets Christian out of the Slough of Despond, and sets him on his way again. However, Christian meets with another traveler — Mr. Worldly Wiseman.

In our message last week, we explored the promise of salvation that Christian received from Evangelist. This salvation is only available through Jesus Christ who died on the cross for the sins of all mankind. It is through Jesus Christ that all people can get rid of their burden of sin. However, Mr. Worldly Wiseman tells Christian that there is another way he can get rid of his sin burden. Let’s explore this way and see what the Bible has to say about it.

1. Let’s look at the mindset of the world. Our passage for today vividly describes the mindset of the Worldly Wiseman. Verse 5 says, “For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh…” The Worldy Wiseman is a man who is “after the flesh.” He does not have his mind on spiritual matters. He has his mind on the here and now and how he can satisfy his fleshly desires.

2. Let’s look at the result of a worldly mindset. The Bible states, “For to be carnally minded is death…” Mr. Worldy Wiseman tells Christian a lot of good things about the flesh-focused lifestyle. He tells him that he will go to live in cities with names like Morality and Civility. It all sounds well and good. But, what Mr. Worldly Wiseman doesn’t mention is that it all will come to an end.

3. Let’s look at the alternative to a worldly mindset. Romans 8:5-6 says, “For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.” God offers us something that is far better than the riches of this world. If we follow the wisdom of the world and pursue temporal things, in the end, we will find that it all comes crumbling down. But if we follow Jesus Christ — if we decide to be spiritually-minded — God will give us eternal life and peace.

The way of the world is the way of regret. It is the way of constantly saying, “I wish I had done this…” or “I should not have done that…” You may enjoy it for a while, but soon, you will be reminded of your burden. Your burden of sin, guilt, and an unpeaceful conscience. Nothing this world offers can free you of that burden.

But God can. He can free you of your burden and give you peace and eternal life through His Son Jesus Christ. As we close, I want to give you the opportunity to let Him give you what this world can’t. Yes, your burden of sin can be lifted today. Jesus Christ said, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”

MUSICAL SELECTION: “He’s Able” by the Mighty Clouds of Joy and “Precious Lord, Take My Hand” by Selah