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HE WHO HESITATES IS LOST

by Dr. R. L. Hymers, Jr.

A sermon preached at the Fundamentalist Baptist Tabernacle of Los Angeles
Tuesday Evening, July 10, 2001


"How long halt ye (will you hesitate) between two opinions? If the Lord be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word" (I Kings 18:21). 


The people of Israel were hesitating.  They were halting between two opinions.  They would not make up their mind whether to follow God or Baal (Satan).  You are like them tonight.  You are half in and half out.  You are hesitating about becoming a real Christian.  I say, "How long halt ye between two opinions?"

I. Why have you hesitated so far?

  1. Is it because God requires something unreasonable?

  2. Is it because you haven't been told what to do?

  3. Is it because you haven't had time?

  4. Is it because salvation is not important?

  5. Is it because salvation is not offered to you freely and easily?

  6. Is it because you have decided to die without Christ?

  7. Is it because you intend to sin?

  8. Is it because you are thinking of leaving the church?

  9. Is it because you don't know what to do?

10. Is it because you would rather go to Hell than to Heaven?

11. Is it because you don't care that Jesus died for you?

12. Is it because you want to go on and on in the inquiry room rather than joining the church?

13. Is it because you don't think you have offended a holy God with your sins?

14. Is it because you do not see the swarming sins of your own heart?

II. How long do you plan on hesitating?

1. Are you waiting for a better sermon to teach you something new?

2. Are you waiting for more conviction of sin?

3. Are you waiting because you wonder if the world might be right?

4. Are you waiting to examine yourself some more?

5. Are you waiting because you are afraid of missing some "fun"?

6. Are you waiting to learn something else? You have been told not to ask or commit, but simply to believe in Jesus. What more can we say?

7. Are you waiting to offend God more and more?

8. Are you waiting for a better heart?

III. What will you say when you are asked the question – "How long halt ye between two opinions?"

If Jesus is the Lord, believe in Him.

If Satan is the Lord, believe in him.


What will you say when you are asked, "How long will you hesitate between two opinions?

"And the people answered him not a word."


They did not answer because they continued to hesitate. My mother used to repeat an old saying, "He who hesitates is lost."


1. You will be lost if you wait until the Spirit is gone.

2. You will be lost if you wait until the Christians are gone – 

     perhaps in the Rapture.

3. You will be lost if you wait until you die.

(END OF SERMON)

Solo by Benjamin Kincaid Griffith: "If You Linger Too Long"

by Dr. John R. Rice (1895-1980).



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