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Tragic Decisions (21 of 48)
Series: Creation or Evolution?
Dr. Stan Coffey
Genesis 5:13 and 19
April 5, 1987
INTRODUCTION: There was no city upon the face of the earth as wicked as the city of Sodom. Even today we name the vile sin of sexual perversion sodomy. But the Bible says "and Lot pitched his tent toward Sodom. We're going to talk today about tragic decisions. Your life is but the sum total of the decisions that you will make. In this story we have contrasts between the decisions of Abraham and the decisions of Lot. Abraham represents the spiritual man and Lot represents the carnal man.
I. LOT AND HIS CHOICE
A. The commitment of Lot
1. Lot is the nephew of Abraham and went with Abraham out of Ur of the Chaldees
2. Lot was a saved man according to II Peter 2:8
B. The choice of Lot
It was a selfish choice - vs. 11 "he chose for himself'
a. He was more interested in gold than God
b. He was more interested in fortune than fame
2. It was a small choice - vs. 10
a. The plain of Sodom was "like the land of Egypt" Egypt in the Bible is a type of sin and the lost world
b. Lot is an example of a carnal man trying to live in both worlds
3. It was a short sighted choice - Genesis 19:1
a. Never judge a situation by where it is judge a situation by where it is heading
b. Lot's choice seemed small but it wasn't small because of where it led him
II. THE CHARACTER OF LOT
A. Lot's choice revealed his character'
1. When God wants to know what's in your character he gives you a test
2. Sometimes this test comes as a crisis in your life
B. The primary way God examines you and tests you is through a series of small choices
1. Your life is being examined right now
2. These choices may seem like-small choices but it is whether, you make these choices right that determines your destiny as a Christian
III. THE CALAMITY OF LOT - Genesis 19
A. Lot had made decisions so wrongly that he now lost his ability to make any decision rightly
1. Sin will war ...
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