The following sermon was preached by Rev. Calum I. Macleod on the Sabbath Evening, 28th of February, 2010. To have great wealth is not a sin in itself; (although it does produce many temptations to sin). Jesus told us that the root of all evil is the love of money or the sin of covetousness. Two very different men are contrasted in this sermon; contrasted in their lives, contrasted in their deaths and constrasted at their final state in eternity. The story of the rich man who went to hell and Lazarus the beggar was told to those who had made an idol out of both money and possessions; “the Pharisees also, who were covetous, heard all these things: and they derided him”. But this word is not only a warning to the covetous. Lazarus too, was a sinner but unlike the rich man his heart longed for God and he trusted in God, that He would save him. If you are not a Christian and if you love only the things of this world, then this sermon is addressed to you. “There is that maketh himself rich, yet hath nothing: there is that maketh himself poor, yet hath great riches.” Proverbs 13:7
The text is Luke 16:27-31…Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father’s house: For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment. Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them. And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent. And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.
If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.