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THE PROBLEM OF INDIFFERENCE


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Indifference is:

  • 1. Definition: “1. The quality, state, or fact of being indifferent; specifically, (a) lack of concern, interest, or feeling; apathy; (b) lack of importance, meaning, or worth. 2. Impartiality; freedom from prejudice, prepossession, or bias.” (Webster’s New Univ. Unabr., p. 931)

  • 2. Synonyms: insensibilty, apathy, unconcern (Webster, ibid.)

  • 3. Lack of diligence, dedication and devotion.

  • 4. Attitude and actions that say, “I don’t care!”


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THE PROBLEM OF INDIFFERENCE

I. THE SUBTLETY OF INDIFFERENCE

A. Develops gradually and slowly, Heb. 2:1

B. Harder to see what we are not doing, Heb. 5:11-12

C. The signs / fruit of indifference are thought of as being

the real problem, Prov. 4:23; Ps. 95:10


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THE PROBLEM OF INDIFFERENCE

I. THE SUBTLETY OF INDIFFERENCE

II. THE CAUSES OF INDIFFERENCE

A. Lack of fear of God, 1 Sam. 11:7; Rom. 3:10-18

B. Focus on the present world, Matt. 22:5; 13:22; 2 Tim.

4:10; Deut. 6:10-12

C. Ungodliness of the world around us, Matt. 24:12

D. Indifference of the world around us, Ps. 123:4

E. Ignorance, Hos. 4:6; Heb. 5:11-12; Rom. 10:17-18, 3

F.Softness, Isa. 30:10; Gal. 6:1; 1 Cor. 5

G. Unbelief, Zep. 1:12


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THE PROBLEM OF INDIFFERENCE

I. THE SUBTLETY OF INDIFFERENCE

II. THE CAUSES OF INDIFFERENCE

III. THE SIGNS OF INDIFFERENCE

A. A loss of zeal, Rev. 3:16

“If you can once get him to the point of thinking that ‘religion is all very good up to a point’, you can feel quite happy about his soul. A moderated religion is as good for us as no religion at all.” (C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters, p. 51)


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THE PROBLEM OF INDIFFERENCE

I. THE SUBTLETY OF INDIFFERENCE

II. THE CAUSES OF INDIFFERENCE

III. THE SIGNS OF INDIFFERENCE

A. A loss of zeal, Rev. 3:16

B. A loss of spiritual interest, 1 Pet. 2:2; Acts 17:11; Prov.

14:9; Rev. 2:14-15

"Look on my right hand and see, for there is no one who acknowledges me; refuge has failed me; no one cares for my soul" (Psa. 142:4).

  • Could this be --

  • Your spouse?

  • One of your children?

  • Your brethren?

  • One of your friends or neighbors?


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THE PROBLEM OF INDIFFERENCE

I. THE SUBTLETY OF INDIFFERENCE

II. THE CAUSES OF INDIFFERENCE

III. THE SIGNS OF INDIFFERENCE

A. A loss of zeal, Rev. 3:16

B. A loss of spiritual interest, 1 Pet. 2:2; Acts 17:11; Prov.

14:9; Rev. 2:14-15

C. Missing services, Heb. 10:24-25

D. Consumed with secular interest, Heb. 13:14; Jer. 48:10


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THE PROBLEM OF INDIFFERENCE

I. THE SUBTLETY OF INDIFFERENCE

II. THE CAUSES OF INDIFFERENCE

III. THE SIGNS OF INDIFFERENCE

IV. THE CURE FOR INDIFFERENCE

A. Preach and warn, Col. 1:28; Rom. 1:16

B. Repent, Rev. 2:4-5; Rev. 3:16,19

C. Study, Isa. 32:9; Rom. 10:17

D. Be a doer of the word, Jas. 1:21-25


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THE PROBLEM OF INDIFFERENCE

I. THE SUBTLETY OF INDIFFERENCE

A. Develops gradually and slowly, Heb. 2:1

B. Harder to see what we are not doing, Heb. 5:11-12

C. The signs / fruit of indifference are thought of as being

the real problem, Prov. 4:23; Ps. 95:10


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THE PROBLEM OF INDIFFERENCE

I. THE SUBTLETY OF INDIFFERENCE

II. THE CAUSES OF INDIFFERENCE

A. Lack of fear of God, 1 Sam. 11:7; Rom. 3:10-18

B. Focus on the present world, Matt. 22:5; 13:22; 2 Tim.

4:10; Deut. 6:10-12

C. Ungodliness of the world around us, Matt. 24:12

D. Indifference of the world around us, Ps. 123:4

E. Ignorance, Hos. 4:6; Heb. 5:11-12; Rom. 10:17-18, 3

F.Softness, Isa. 30:10; Gal. 6:1; 1 Cor. 5

G. Unbelief, Zep. 1:12


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THE PROBLEM OF INDIFFERENCE

I. THE SUBTLETY OF INDIFFERENCE

II. THE CAUSES OF INDIFFERENCE

III. THE SIGNS OF INDIFFERENCE

A. A loss of zeal, Rev. 3:16

B. A loss of spiritual interest, 1 Pet. 2:2; Acts 17:11; Prov.

14:9; Rev. 2:14-15

C. Missing services, Heb. 10:24-25

D. Consumed with secular interest, Heb. 13:14; Jer. 48:10


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THE PROBLEM OF INDIFFERENCE

I. THE SUBTLETY OF INDIFFERENCE

II. THE CAUSES OF INDIFFERENCE

III. THE SIGNS OF INDIFFERENCE

IV. THE CURE FOR INDIFFERENCE

A. Preach and warn, Col. 1:28; Rom. 1:16

B. Repent, Rev. 2:4-5; Rev. 3:16,19

C. Study, Isa. 32:9; Rom. 10:17

D. Be a doer of the word, Jas. 1:21-25


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