Has The Gospel Failed? by Adrian Rogers

HAS THE GOSPEL FAILED?
MATTHEW 13:1

THE TITLE OF OUR MESSAGE IS "HAS THE GOSPEL FAILED?" SOMETIMES WE LOOK AROUND AT OUR WORLD THAT'S SINKING INTO MIRE, AND FILTH, AND DANGER, AND DEGRADATION, AND DESPAIR, AND DISAPPOINTMENT, PLUMMETING ON TO DEATH AND TO JUDGMENT. AND WE SAY, "WHAT HAS HAPPENED? WE'VE HAVE HAD THE- PREACHING OF THE GOSPEL FOR TWO THOUSAND YEARS." HAS THE GOSPEL FAILED? FRIEND, IF YOU DON'T GET A GOOD THEOLOGICAL UNDERSTANDING. IF YOU JUST LOOK AT CIRCUMSTANCES, YOU MIGHT SAY, "YES! THE GOSPEL HAS FAILED." BUT WHEN YOU OPEN THE BIBLE AND READ WHAT OUR LORD HAS TO SAY HERE IN MATTHEW, CHAPTER 13, YOU'LL KNOW IT HAS NOT FAILED, IT CANNOT FAIL, IT SHALL NOT FAIL, HALLELUJAH! NOW, I HAD AN EXPERIENCE ONE TIME. I WAS PREACHING IN A REVIVAL MEETING, HOLDING A REVIVAL MEETING, IN A COUNTY SEAT TOWN. I MUST HAVE BEEN HOLDING IT, IT NEVER GOT LOOSE. HUH, AND, UH, (CHUCKLE) 1, UH, WAS, WAS PREACHING. I PREACHED MY HEART OUT. AND I'M TELLING YOU, FOLKS, IT WAS AS DEAD AS A HAMMER. NOTHING WAS HAPPENING. I WOULD PREACH AND PRAY AND PLEAD, AND GIVE AN !INVITATION. PEOPLE JUST SAT THERE AND LOOKED AT ME STONEY-FACED. THEY LOOKED LIKE, UH, A WOODEN INDIAN IN FRONT OF A CIGAR STORE, JUST STARED AT ME. I SAID, "WELL, THE PROBLEM MUST BE ME." 1 BEGAN TO FAST, AND PRAY AND SEARCH MY HEART. AND I FASTED AND WEPT BEFORE THE LORD. STILL, NOTHING HAPPENED. I SAID, "WELL, MAYBE I'M NOT PREACHING, UH, THE RIGHT THINGS." AND I LOOKED OVER MY SERMON PREPARATION, AND I PRAYED, AND I DID EVERYTHING. AND I SAID, "WELL, MAYBE I'M NOT VISITING ENOUGH. AND I TRIED TO VISIT. I TRIED TO DO EVERYTHING THAT I KNEW TO DO. AND, HEH, IT JUST WASN'T HAPPENING. FINALLY TOWARD THE END OF THAT REVIVAL CRUSADE, I FELT LIKE A FAILURE. I FELT INTIMIDATED. I FELT, "OH, GOD SOMEHOW, SOMEWAY, GOD, 1 HAVE FAILED YOU." AND 1 SAT DOWN IN THAT BIG CHAIR ON THE PLATFORM, AND I JUST TOLD THE PASTOR, I SAID, "PASTOR, YOU GIVE THE INVITATION, LET ME JUST SIT HERE." AND I SAID, "OH, GOD, I NEED A WOR ...


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