Ignorance; Prejudice and Fog in the Mind
A Sermon on 1 Timothy 1:12-13
Christ Jesus Came to Save Sinners
I thank him who has given me strength, Christ Jesus our Lord, because he judged me faithful, appointing me to his service, though formerly I was a blasphemer, persecutor, and insolent opponent. But I received mercy because I had acted ignorantly in unbelief, (ESV)
Why do some people reject Christ? The truth of the Gospel seems so sure, and yet many still turn from it. Why? In this sermon, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones takes us to Scripture to explain why people reject the Gospel. One of the greatest missionaries of all time was the apostle Paul. Yet in 1 Timothy 1:12-13, he makes a startling admission— that he had at one point been a great blasphemer of God and persecutor of Christians. And yet, God eventually saved him. People today say that they are not Christians because of their high intellect— they say that Christianity is for the weak-minded, and that they do not need it since they have a high intellectual understanding. Yet, many great Christians throughout history have shown this to be false simply because they were men of towering intellect themselves! Augustine and Paul himself are just two out of a vast number of those who are brilliant and yet follow Jesus. Paul writes that the real reason for rejection is unbelief and ignorance that bring prejudice against the Gospel and blind people to its truths. What exactly is this unbelief and ignorance about? Listen as The Doctor explains the real reason for unbelief and how we as Christians can effectively engage it today!