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Why is the Gospel Rejected?

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A Sermon on Acts 26:25

But Paul said, “I am not out of my mind, most excellent Festus, but I am speaking true and rational words. (ESV)

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Why is that men reject the only message of salvation? All throughout Scripture, we see men and women confronted with Jesus and His message of forgiveness and absolution from all sins, yet they reject it. In this sermon on Acts 26:55, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones seeks to answer the question of why they do. If we believe the Bible, then we know that all men are in sin and enslaved to their selfish desires. They do not love or seek what is good and godly. So, even in the undeniable fact of their need for sin, and of Christ dying and rising again for the salvation of sinners, man is still unwilling to come to God. Even though all men are destined to die, they still refuse to come to their only source of salvation: the Gospel. Holy Scripture tells us that no one can come to the Father unless Jesus draws him. Man cannot believe in the Gospel because he is enslaved to sin, but in God’s grace he can be saved. God can open the eyes of sinners to believe and receive new life in Christ.


Additional Scripture Translations

Acts 26:25, New American Standard Bible

25But Paul *said, “I am not insane, most excellent Festus; on the contrary, I am speaking out with truthful and rational words.

Acts 26:25, King James Version

25But he said, I am not mad, most noble Festus; but speak forth the words of truth and soberness.


About Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) was a Welsh evangelical minister who preached and taught in the Reformed tradition. His principal ministry was at Westminster Chapel, in central London, from 1939-1968, where he delivered multi-year expositions on books of the bible such as Romans, Ephesians and the Gospel of John. In addition to the MLJ Trust’s collection of 1,600 of these sermons in audio format, most of these great sermon series are available in book form (including a 14 volume collection of the Romans sermons), as are other series such as "Spiritual Depression", "Studies in the Sermon on the Mount" and "Great Biblical Doctrines". He is considered by many evangelical leaders today to be an authority on biblical truth and the sufficiency of Scripture.