July 2, 2008

Believe It or Not

A pastor put a large box of softball, or so, sized rocks prominently up front on the stage before the service began. All of the leaders of the service were told to ignore the box, and act as if it was not there. So the service began, and the congregation began to wonder about the box. The pastor could see the intrigue on their faces. The minds spinning just wondering what it was all about. The pastor gets up, and begins his sermon. His sermon was on John 8, and the adulterous woman. At the critical point, he asks, "Anyone who is in this congregation today, who is with out sin, come and pick up a stone." To his shock and dismay, and that of the whole congregation, a young man stands up, walks to the front, mounts the stage, and picks up a stone. The flabbergasted pastor, walks over to the young man, and says, "Son, I asked for those who had no sin to come up. Are you saying you have no sin in your life?" The young man looks at him a little confused, and can tell that the pastor is a little upset at him. He replies, "No sir, I have no sin. Jesus took my sins away as far as the east is from the west. You read that to me from out of your bible. What's wrong, don't you believe what you read in the bible?"

9 comments:

Mike said...

That should probably go down as the backfire to end all backfires. Ouch. I could feel that all the way over here.

Susan said...

LOL!

Actually it is a great sermon illustration - just not the one he intended!

John T. said...

niceeeeeee.

Delirious said...

I can't think of what scripture he was referring to about the sins being taken away from the east to the west....can you give me a reference?

jON said...

i know nate has limited internet access right now, so i hope you don't mind a little brotherly hijacking to answer D's question?

the aforementioned reference is:
Psalm 103:12 "as far as the east is from the west,
so far has he removed our transgressions from us."

Delirious said...

Thanks Jon...I kept thinking it must be in the New Testament, but for some reason, it didn't come up in my Old Testament word search either.

Valorosa said...

LOLOL

jON said...

any time my dear lady, any time. i do love talking bible...

Nate said...

Thanks Jon for the Assist. This is just to illustrate that we often hear what is really being said, but often will not let it sink in. We are too often told that we are sinners. That none is rigteouw, no not one. But through the grace of God, we are made righteous and worthy in His sight.