Some of the things being preached in our churches today concerns me greatly. It seems that little doctrine is being taught and most of the sermons being preached in America just tickle the ears of the listeners. It seems that most preachers are preaching messages designed to appeal to the masses rather than rightly dividing the Word of truth. The emphasis seems to be only on the love of God.
I got started in the ministry following that kind of ideology. Every preachers wants to be successful. I don’t know any pastor that comes out of Bible college or seminary who desires to just have a moderate ministry, a ministry that doesn’t grow. They always see themselves as doing great things for God.
I remember when I was in Bible college I often heard “Men do you want to work hard, or do you want to work smart.” What dummy would raise his hand and say “I want to work hard, I don’t want to work smart?” Like anyone else, if there is a shortcut to success, preachers want to find it. We were introduced to church growth manuals and methods that teach how to build churches without having to do the hard work.
When we see a pastor that seems to have success because he has built a big church, we try to find out what he did so we can follow the same methods. That pastor starts teaching what he did. Everyone, especially those just starting out in tn the ministry, start start learning methods and programs. They leave the important things like a close walk with God and studying the Word of God so they can teach its doctrines to his people.
It is hard to build a large church when your congregation is not interested in doctrine. It is difficult to do thing God’s way when your people are not interested in deep Bible studies. To many “Christians” are just interested in the fluff and that which scratches their itchy ears.
Let me share some Bible passages that might shock many Christians today, passages that many have know idea are even in the Bible. In Matthew chapter 19 Jesus says:
Matthew 10:34 Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.
Does this sound like the Jesus that is being p reached and propagated today? The Jesus of America today is a Jesus that does not judge, wants everything to go well for everyone, doesn’t want anyone to be sick or poor.
When I drive by churches and see the signs that say “Jesus loves you” I am baffled. Is it true that Jesus loves you. What does this message communicates to a lost person who has given his life to sin, rebellion against God, has an appetite for the things of this world, hates God, etc.? It communicates the message that he can live any way he wants, do whatever he wants, and that God loves him anyway. It communicates that there will be no judgment. Is this really the message of the Bible? Absolutely not!
The lost will see no need to come to Christ unless someone tells them the truth. There must be a message that disturbs the heart of the lost person if they are going to change anything. Why should they give up their sin and their worldly lifestyle if there are no consequences? Is someone doesn’t tell them the truth they will wake up when this life ends in Hell and will be tormented forever and ever in the flames of the Lake of Fire. Many Christians will answer to God in eternity because they preached the wrong message.
The Judgment and the wrath of God must be preached. People must be told the truth that sin is a great offense before God. In another passage Jesus put it this way:
Luke 12:51 Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division:
As Jesus preached His message we find that it often created division among those who heard Him.
John 7:43 So there was a division among the people because of him.
The Scriptures also tell us that when Jesus preached it caused division
John 9:16 Therefore said some of the Pharisees, This man is not of God, because he keepeth not the sabbath day. Others said, How can a man that is a sinner do such miracles? And there was a division among them.
John 10:19 There was a division therefore again among the Jews for these sayings.
The message that Jesus delivered wasn’t all peace, joy, happiness, and love. It was a message that caused division.
He called those who were the most religious, who were following a man-made religion, the hardest things. His tongue was the sharpest against against the religious people. He called them vipers, hypocrites, and whited sepulchers. He said they looked pretty on the outside, but inside they were full of dead men’s bones. If you listen to most preachers today you wouldn’t think that this was the message of Jesus, but it was.
I bring this up because we have a spiritual problem in our country. The problem is that we have gotten away from the Word of God. We have gotten away from the hard sayings of the Scriptures. We are afraid of causing division. We are afraid of making people mad. Can’t you see that the message Jesus preached got the religious and political leaders of His day mad enough to crucify Him?
If you are a true believer in Jesus Christ you should know that the Gospel is offensive. It is because it tells the lost that they are dirty, rotten sinners, that they don’t deserve Heaven, that they are on the road to Hell. It tells them that there is nothing good in them that would merit salvation from the wrath and condemnation of God. The Gospel tells us that we all deserve God’s judgment and condemnation because of our sin.
This message doesn’t sound good, but it is the truth and it is the only message that will bring people to Christ. It is our duty as Christians to awaken people to the truth. What would you think of a doctor who is afraid to tell someone they have a sickness that will result in death? What would you think if he just patted them on the back, gave them placebos and told them everything would be alright?
If we don’t warn people of the danger they are in, the Bible tells us that their blood will be on our hands. We need preachers and Christians who will speak up and tell the world what it needs to hear, not what it wants to hear.
Now that I have got that off of my chest lets get into the news.
There are three churches in Columbus, IN that some Muslim group spray-painted with verses from the Qur’an that speak of the death of the infidel. Do we really need more to understand the goal of Muslims?
The big news this week was the beheading of another American journalists by ISIS. I am afraid we will see more of this because we are at war and this is what Muslims do to their enemies. We need a Commander in Chief that will take some leadership. We are finally seeing some leadership coming from Great Brattain.
A woman was beheaded in London yesterday. The news is still fluid with more information coming in. The reports say that an 82 year old woman was beheaded in the back garden of a house in London. The police are reporting that it doesn’t seem that the person who did this is a jihadist. It seems like he was killing cats and was looking for any kind of victim. I think that is was just a case of being at the wrong place and the wrong time. It was a Muslim community but I don’t know if the man arrested was a Muslim. We are still waiting for more information on this story.
Another issue that I would like to bring up is that President Obama and his administration always refer to ISIS as ISIL. ISIL stands for the Islamic State in the Levant. I had heard of the Levant in reference to this area before, but I though it was referring to the fertile crescent. After some research I learned that it is a Latin word the means rising or east. In Roman times they spoke Latin in Italy. When you go east across the Mediterranean from Italy you end up in Israel, Lebanon and Jordan. This is the area that is called the Levant. It refers to the nations to the east of, and at the end of the Mediterranean Sea.
When the President refers to the Islamic State of the Levant, he is including Israel. In other words, he is including Israel in the Islamic state the is growing in the Middle East. Does this help us understand his attitude toward Israel. He is no longer even trying to play the middle of the road on Israel.
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