Thank God for Prodigals that “come home.” I would not want to pastor a church that would not welcome with open arms the Prodigal who comes limping back from the far country. Thank God for those rare Prodigals who do come to themselves and return home. But we know that most do not. Many die in the far country; many settle there and raise future generations in the world. Now, there are even Far Country Baptist Churches that help to insulate the backslidden and the unsaved from Holy Spirit conviction. As a father and a pastor, my primary goal is not to reclaim prodigals, though I want to and strive to. My number one goal is to prevent them from ever taking the first steps on the long road that leads to the pigpens of this world.
This message was preached from a burdened heart to parents. In it, we look at the parable of the Prodigal Son from a human perspective – the story of a father and his two sons. The time to get serious about our children is BEFORE they say, “Give me my portion.” Before the demand, the division and the departure of the younger son was the development of a Prodigal heart and spirit. This message, preached Wednesday night, May 30, 2012, discusses some vital truths for parents concerning “PRODIGAL PREVENTION.”