Stay Off the Slippery Slope
Pastor Steve N. Wagers
July 12. 2010
1. A Caution that must Stir Us!
A) Be Receptive of the Word
B) Be Responsive to the Word
2. A Condition that should Shame Us!
A) Drifting Away
B) Drying Up
3. A Course that will Sustain Us!
A) A Continual Awareness of Sin
B) A Constant Appreciation for Salvation
Kurt Cobain, the founder and leader of the grunge band Nirvana, was the most acclaimed and creative singer of his generation. His parents divorced when he was eight and two of his father's uncles committed suicide. Marriage and the birth of a daughter were supposed to bring calm, stability, and perspective to his life, but three years after the band's fame and at the height of his popularity, Cobain put a shotgun to his own head at the young age of twenty-seven in 1994.
In a note left behind for his family and fans at the time of his death, Cobain revealed:
"I haven't felt the excitement for so many years. I feel guilty beyond words about these things... The fact is I can't fool you, any of you. It simply isn't fair to you or to me... The worst crime I can think of would be to (trick) people by faking it and pretending as if I were having 100% fun. I don't have the passion anymore so remember: It's better to burn out than to fade away."
I have found no indication that Kurt Cobain was a saved man; yet, he perfectly represents the tragedy of many who are saved. They once had a passion for God; yet, now they have grown cold and indifferent toward God. These are they, like Kurt Cobain, who "don't feel the passion anymore."
Andrew Murray once said,
"There are two types of Christians: those who burn out for God, and those who back up on God!"
I think of the story of a man who was once faithful to the cause of Christ. He was truly on fire for God. He was involved in many ministries in the church, and was practically there every time the doors were open. However, he eventually became disco ...
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