Several times when I was younger I visited Stone Mountain, near Atlanta, Georgia. It is the largest piece of exposed granite in the world. It really is quite breath taking, especially the view from the top. I also took a group of senior citizens from our church in Muncie, Indiana. There is a fence on top of the mountain that is put there to keep people from getting too close to the side of the mountain. If you get to close to the steep sides you obviously will fall the nearly 1,000 feet to your death. On the side of that mountain is a “point of no return.” If you get too close to that point, gravity will take over. Not the gravity of the mountain, but the gravity of the land below.
In our text this morning we saw a man who flirted too long with that “point of no return.” Eventually, he crossed that line and murdered his conscience. Our text tells the story of the death of John the Baptist, but also the death of a conscience. You can listen to this message by following this link or visit our sermons page.