If They Believe not the Bible

Luke 16:19-31

Often I am approached by someone with a very serious question. "Pastor, how can I reach my friend...my co-worker...my family member; they donít want to hear anything from the Bible." It is a sad state of affairs in this world today that more people believe what they read in the newspapers than what they read in the Bible. Or perhaps I should say they believe what they hear on T.V. more than they believe what they hear from the Word of God!

There is an account in the Scriptures of a man who had realized the importance of coming to Christ, but he realized it too late! It was too late for him, but not for his brothers...not for those that he loved and cared about. NOTE: Luke 16:23-31

This event is not a parable, it is an actual account of a man who had lived his life with no regard towards God, and had died without Him. In this account we find there are many important facts relative to life after death:

Today I would like to focus on a truth found in verse 31. (Read again) One of the tragedies of this day and age is unbelief in the Bible and not accepting it as the rule of faith and practice for our homes, our life, and churches.

I. That Godís Word is the Basis of True Faith.

II. If they believe not the Bible, they will not believe, though one arose from the dead.

V. If they believe not the Bible, their unbelief will not change the facts.

"And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world. He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day." (John 12:47-48)

Do you believe Godís Word? Not just intellectually, but genuinely from the heart? If we believe Godís Word, then we ought to obey what He says to do. There is no hope for anyone apart from a belief in this Book! Christians and unsaved alike, must believe the Bible from the heart.

Many say that they believe, but their lives prove otherwise. Jesus made it clear that many who have said "Lord, Lord..." actually did not believe in Him. Our walk must line up with our talk!

Salvation is in Jesus Christ and Him alone. That is not what I say, that is what God says in His Word. This morning, if you donít agree with what I have said, realize that in reality you are in disagreement with Almighty God! Come to Jesus and believe in Him today for salvation.