Every now and again one will hear another say something like this: “He has passed the point of no return.” In some contexts, we know what this means. What does it mean, however, when spoken in the context of religion? In 1 Samuel 2, the High Priest Eli had two sons serving the nation as priest. These two sons were corrupt, “they did not know the Lord” (2:12). This phrase, “they did not know the Lord” means they were not obedient to His will and, in fact, were in direct rebellion. So egregious was the nature of their behavior that Eli, their father, pointedly said to them “You make the Lord’s people transgress” (2:24). The sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas (4:4), were so corrupt that when Eli rebuked them, because they passed the point of no return, the Lord prepared their judgment (2:25). Passed the point of no return? In their “service” to the people, in regards to their walk on this earth, they had so corrupted themselves that the Lord looked upon them as nothing but a burden to His people and His cause. Shortly thereafter they were dead. Trifling with the Lord’s way….