Almost persuaded….


 

What stopped Agrippa short?  Why did he only almost become a Christian?

 David Guzik of Calvary Bible Chapel in Siegen, Germany has a few thoughts:

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  • 1-. Why was Agrippa only almost persuaded?  One answer is the person sitting next to him – Bernice.  She was a sinful, immoral companion, and he may have rightly realized that becoming a Christian would mean losing her and his other immoral friends.  He was unwilling to make that sacrifice!
  • 2- On the other side of Agrippa sat Festus – a man’s man, a no-nonsense man, a man who thought Paul was crazy.  Perhaps Agrippa thought, “I can’t become a Christian!  Festus will think I’m crazy too!”  And because he wanted the praise of men, he rejected Jesus.  “Alas, how many are influenced by fear of men!  Oh, you cowards, will you be damned out of fear?  Will you sooner let your souls perish than show your manhood by telling a poor mortal that you defy his scorn?  Dare you not follow the right through all men in the world should call you to do the wrong?  Oh, you cowards!  You cowards!  How you deserve to perish who have not enough soul to call your souls your own, but cower down before the sneers of fools!” (Spurgeon)
  • 3- In front of Agrippa is Paul – a strong man, a noble man, and man of wisdom and character – but a man in chains.  Does Agrippa say, “Well, if I became a Christian, I might end up in chains like Paul!  Or at least, I would have to associate with him!  We can’t have that – I’m an important person!”  “O that men were wise enough to see that suffering for Christ is honour, that loss for truth is gain, that the truest dignity rests in wearing the chain upon the arm rather than endure the chain upon the soul.” (Spurgeon)