Luke 14:18; James 4:7
A reason given as a grounds to be excused.
God has a plan for each of us. He has
designed us for a purpose.
When we operate outside the purpose
which God intends.
We make excuses to ease our own minds of
the guilt that sin brings.
The Bible says in
James 4:17 Therefore to him that knoweth to
do good, and doeth it not, to
him it is sin.
And when we sin guilt begins to rise.
We know that there is something wrong.
So we try to ease the guilt by reasoning.
We want to find a reason for our sin that
could place the blame on someone or
For, we say, I'm not a bad person so the
blame must not be mine.
We try first of all to convince ourselves
that we are innocent.
Then we try to convince others that we are
Then rather than to confess our sin, we try
to convince God that we are innocent by
reason of extenuating circumstances.
But what happens when we offer our excuses
Our sin goes unforgiven.
God cannot forgive excuses.
If our sin is unforgiven we cannot expect
God to bless our life.
We have sin that blocks God's blessings.
I want to examine several offenses for
which we make excuses.
I. EXCUSES FOR NOT BEING SAVED
A. It is just not the right time.
I am not ready.
Acts 24:25 And as he reasoned of
righteousness, temperance, and
judgment to come, Felix
trembled, and answered, Go thy
way for this time; when I have a
convenient season, I will call
There is no mention of Felix ever being saved.
If you are putting off being saved Satan has you deceived into thinking that you can
be saved any time you want to.
If the Holy Spirit of God is dealing with you about salvation that is the time to be
He may not deal with you again this side of eternity.
2 Cor 6:2 (For he saith, I have heard thee
in a time accepted, and in the
day of salvation have I succoured
thee: behold, now is the accepted
time; behold, now is the day of
B. I am too busy with my life to get involved with religion
Luke 14:18 And they all with one consent
began to make excuse. The first
said unto him, I have bought a
piece of ground, and I must
needs go and see it: I pray thee
have me excused.
1. I bought into a philosophy that I can get
through this life on my own.
I want to wait and see if it is what I thought.
If things get too difficult I will see about your way.
If this is your way of looking at life, Satan has you right where he wants you.
He will give you just enough out of life to keep you from ever accepting Christ.
Prov 14:12 There is a way which seemeth
right unto a man, but the end
thereof are the ways of death.
2. I am doing good.
I am a hard worker.
I will prove myself.
Given time my good will out weigh my bad and I will be justified.
Luke 14:19 And another said, I have bought
five yoke of oxen, and I go to
prove them: I pray thee have me
All the good works in the world cannot make me right.
This is another excuse.
Titus 3:5 Not by works of righteousness
which we have done, but according
to his mercy he saved us, by the
washing of regeneration, and
renewing of the Holy Ghost;
There is only one way to be saved that is by throwing ourselves upon His mercy.
C. I cannot be saved because of the people I am around.
I am not strong enough to keep myself from sin.
Luke 14:20 And another said, I have married
a wife, and therefore I cannot
I can't get saved because I need to spend time with my family.
The only time I have is Sunday and that is our family day.
No time for God. No place for God in my life.
Rev 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door, and
knock: if any man hear my voice,
and open the door, I will come in
to him, and will sup with him, and
he with me.
What excuse can one offer for not accepting God's invitation to salvation.
Rom 1:20 For the invisible things of him
from the creation of the world
are clearly seen, being
understood by the things that
are made, even his eternal
power and Godhead; so that they
are without excuse:
We have no excuse for being without Christ.
II. EXCUSES FOR SIN
A. Blame others
Gen 3:12 And the man said, The woman whom
thou gavest to be with me, she
gave me of the tree, and I did
Gen 3:13 And the LORD God said unto the
woman, What is this that thou hast
done? And the woman said, The
serpent beguiled me, and I did
Our sin is our fault.
Romans 14:10 But why dost thou judge thy
brother? or why dost thou set
at nought thy brother? for we
shall all stand before the
judgment seat of Christ.
2 Cor 5:10 For we must all appear before
the judgment seat of Christ;
that every one may receive the
things done in his body,
according to that he hath done,
whether it be good or bad.
B. I had no choice
Lot wanted to stay in that wicked city of Sodom.
Gen 19:19 Behold now, thy servant hath
found grace in thy sight, and
thou hast magnified thy mercy,
which thou hast shewed unto me in
saving my life; and I cannot
escape to the mountain, lest some
evil take me, and I die:
Some times we get ourselves in such a mess we think there is no way out.
We cannot serve God because we have too many other obligations and if we fail to
meet all those other obligations we will be destroyed.
But God can meet our needs.
He simply asks that we put Him first.
Matt 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of
God, and his righteousness; and
all these things shall be added
C. I was preventing a worse sin
Ex 32:22‑24 22 And Aaron said, Let not the
anger of my lord wax hot: thou
knowest the people, that they
are set on mischief.
23 For they said unto me, Make
us gods, which shall go before
us: for as for this Moses, the
man that brought us up out of
the land of Egypt, we wot not
what is become of him.
24 And I said unto them,
Whosoever hath any gold, let
them break it off. So they gave
it me: then I cast it into the
fire, and there came out this
One thing that makes me sick is when God's people think they have to stoop to the sin
of the world in order to get people saved.
We don't need rock music to reach teenagers.
Our teenagers need the same thing we needed in order to get saved.
Someone who loves them enough to take them the gospel and to demonstrate a Christ like
life before them.
We don't need more programs we need more sincere Christian men and women to be
examples and testimonies.
We need more prayer and Bible study family devotional time.
We cannot excuse sin in our life.
Sin must be confessed and forsaken.
1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is
faithful and just to forgive us
our sins, and to cleanse us from
Job 9:20 If I justify myself, mine own
mouth shall condemn me: if I say,
I am perfect, it shall also prove
Job 13:23 How many are mine iniquities and
sins? make me to know my
transgression and my sin.
Psalms 38:18 For I will declare mine
iniquity; I will be sorry for
III. EXCUSE FOR NOT SERVING GOD
A. I can't
Ex 3:11 And Moses said unto God, Who am I,
that I should go unto Pharaoh, and
that I should bring forth the
children of Israel out of Egypt?
Ex 4:1 And Moses answered and said, But,
behold, they will not believe me,
nor hearken unto my voice: for they
will say, The LORD hath not appeared
Ex 4:10 And Moses said unto the LORD, O my
Lord, I am not eloquent, neither
heretofore, nor since thou hast
spoken unto thy servant: but I am
slow of speech, and of a slow
I'm not a preacher,
I'm not educated,
I'm not rich,
God is not looking for a theologian or a college professor
or a millionaire.
God is looking for someone who cares about the people around him and is
willing to work.
Rom 12:1‑2 1 I beseech you therefore,
brethren, by the mercies of God,
that ye present your bodies a
living sacrifice, holy,
acceptable unto God, which is
your reasonable service.
2 And be not conformed to this
world: but be ye transformed by