Debt Sermon Illustrations

Debt Sermon Illustrations

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In his book Studies in Bible Doctrine, the late William Hoste uses an apt illustration. He writes, 'If a large sum was devoted by the Government to pay the debts of a community, wholly insolvent, on condition that each debtor made full disclosure of his affairs and accepted the offer, the sum might be more than required to pay the debts of all, but only those who fulfilled the conditions could actually say, "Our debts have been paid by the Government". Potentially all debts might be paid; actually only a proportion would be.'

W. R. Lewis of Bath, England, has a very enlightening article on The Sovereignty of God. In it he says, 'But while the death of Christ is universal in its efficiency, it is particular in its application, and if the sinner avails not himself of this provision, his guilt has not been expiated—he is guilty before God; his sins have not been borne away, his transgressions have not been removed, his debt has not been discharged, and if he dies in his sins, he will be answerable not only for his rejection of Christ, but also for every sin he has committed.'

(Acts 20. 21; Rom. 3.25; Eph. 5.6; Rev. 20. 12)


What Is a Billion?

When President Eisenhower's eighty-one billion dollar budget was considered, a newspaper man wrote this: Do you have trouble visualizing a billion dollars? Think of it this way: Fewer than a billion minutes have passed since the Emperor Nero fiddled while Rome burned. To spend eighty-one billion dollars, the amount of President Eisenhower's 1960 budget, would require spending at the rate of $81 a minute ever since Nero's day—in other words, throughout most of the entire Christian era.

Consider now our nation's three hundred billion dollar debt: It would take thirty-one years to count one billion dollars at the rate of $11 per second. It would take two hundred and seventy three years to give away one billion dollars at the rate of ten thousand dollars per day. It would take 23,751 years to give away our three billion dollar U. S. national debt at the rate of ten thousand per day.


A train traveling through the West was held up by masked bandits. Two friends, who were on their way to California, were among the passengers.

"Here's where we lose all our money," one said, as a robber entered the car.

"You don't think they'll take everything, do you?" the other asked nervously.

"Certainly," the first replied. "These fellows never miss anything."

"That will be terrible," the second friend said. "Are you quite sure they won't leave us any money?" he persisted.

"Of course," was the reply. "Why do you ask?"

The other was silent for a minute. Then, taking a fifty-dollar note from his pocket, he handed it to his friend.

"What is this for?" the first asked, taking the money.

"That's the fifty dollars I owe you," the other answered. "Now we're square."—W. Dayton Wegefarth.


WILLIS—"He calls himself a dynamo."
GILLIS—"No wonder; everything he has on is charged."—Judge.


Anticipated rents, and bills unpaid,
Force many a shining youth into the shade,
Not to redeem his time, but his estate,
And play the fool, but at the cheaper rate.—Cowper.


I hold every man a debtor to his profession.—Bacon.

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