A Sermon on Acts 7:1-2
And the high priest said, “Are these things so?” And Stephen said:
“Brothers and fathers, hear me. The God of glory appeared to our father Abraham when he was in Mesopotamia, before he lived in Haran, (ESV)
Rejecting Christ is nothing new. But why are so many people today so quick to turn against God? In Acts 7:1-2, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones points out that many people who reject the Gospel are just like the Jewish leaders who did so in the time of the apostles. They believe that just because they perform good deeds, they do not need a Savior or salvation. Or they think that because of their heritage and association with institutionalized religion that they are in good standing with God. There are many people who go to church every Lord’s day, who give their money to the church, give their time to the church, yet are not saved! Listen as Dr. Lloyd-Jones exposes the dangers of institutionalized religion. These are people who perform religious actions not out of a heart of love, but out of tradition and human means. This is the great threat to the church in all times because these people do not believe that they are in need of salvation and redemption, they are deceived by their own vain actions and traditions. The answer to this is the true and powerful Gospel of Christ. For it alone can save men from their blind slavery to false religion.