Philadelphia Baptist Church

There is no Middle Ground

There is no Middle Ground
Sunday AM

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There Is No Middle Ground
One day, my wife and I were out on soul-winning visitation when we met a very interesting man. After we introduced ourselves, we began to ask the man about his salvation and whether or not he was sure that if he died, he’d go to heaven. I don’t know if I will ever forget his answer. He said, “I’m a fence rider. I’ve been a fence rider all my life, and I’m perfectly content to ride the fence until I die and then find out what happens to me after that.”
We live in a day of fence riders. Many people try to have one foot in the world and one foot in the church. They try to have one foot in the Bible and one foot in worldly philosophy. They try to be a Christian and yet blend in with the unsaved. Many people think that the safest ground to be on is the middle ground.
In the prophet Elijah’s day, there were many with that same philosophy. In his day, Israel had been led by a wicked king, King Ahab and his wicked wife, Jezebel. The land was polluted with Baal worship, yet they still wanted Jehovah to bless them. In 1 Kings 18, we find him on top of Mount Carmel in a showdown between himself and the prophets of Baal. He began that day with these words:
1 Kings 18:21 And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? If the LORD be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word.
The people were undecided. They were on the fence. But after God sent fire from heaven, their minds were made up.
1 Kings 18:39 And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces: and they said, The LORD, he is the God; the LORD, he is the God.
They got the picture. Either you are one God’s side, or you are not. It is time for us to quit straddling the fence and to get serious about salvation and serving God.