Political correctness is wrong, especially when it comes to God’s Word!
It is truly disheartening to know that preachers water down God’s Word, as do others. In doing so, many will be lost, because the Word is not preached to them, as it should be. God’s Word is truth and it will forever stand.
What good is a pew filled church, if the souls of those sitting on them, end up losing out on salvation? Is the sole purpose of a full house, for the moneys that can be acquired? Is it for popularity purposes?
I certainly hope that the aforementioned is not the case; but if the ultimate reward of salvation is the purpose of filling up the pews, then God’s Word needs to be taught and preached as is. We cannot have a part in allowing someone to stray to the pits of hell. God’s Will is for none to perish, so let’s love others enough, to tell them the truth, even if they don’t want to hear it!
A few years back, I listened in astonishment as some prominent emerging leaders talked about replacing “preaching” with “having a conversation.”
At first, I thought that they might be confusing individual conversations with how we should speak to the masses, but I was wrong. They felt that we should stop “preaching” from the pulpit and start being more passive and less confrontational.
Never mind the fact that Jesus said, “I must preach the kingdom of God to the other cities also, because for this purpose I have been sent” (Luke 4:43).
But according to many, it’s time to replace the pulpit with a couch and preaching with conversing.
It’s not my practice to name names, or reference churches, but when they depart from truth they open themselves up for exposure. Sadly, many churches, including some in our valley, carry heretical books, promote their material, and seek to model their church after them.
There is a very troubling trend in the evangelical church as a whole. We are in desperate need of genuine leadership — broken, humble people who are not afraid to admit that they need God; men who are more worried about prayer than about status and recognition; men who petition God rather than position themselves. Many men want the recognition, but not the brokenness; the honor, but not the humility.
The state of the family today is disheartening as well. Men have largely forsaken their God-given role as spiritual leaders in their homes … that, no one can deny. And I believe that the pulpit is partly to blame.
Today, the truth is often neglected, watered-down, or avoided altogether in the hope of not offending members and building a large audience. Judgment is never mentioned; repentance is never sought; and sin is often excused. We want to build a church rather than break a heart; be politically correct rather than biblically correct; coddle and comfort rather than stir and convict.
“Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” (I Timothy 1:15), yet, many avoid words such as sin and repentance. The good news about Christ can only be appreciated with the bad news as the backdrop.
There are times when the saints must be fed, and there are times when the sinners must be warned (C.H. Spurgeon).
Preaching, witnessing, and teaching are to be done with God-given authority to truly be effective. When we fail to proclaim God’s Word faithfully, we run the risk of “encouraging sin” and “perverting the words of the living God” (cf. Jeremiah 23).
Pastors are to be pillars who support truth, not who oppose it. Truth is not “flexible” when it comes to absolutes — it’s solid and unyielding. Truth liberates. Truth rebuilds. Truth restores. Truth heals. Truth transforms. Truth prevails — you don’t change truth — truth changes you! We must begin here.
Where are the Isaiahs and Jeremiahs calling nations to repentance? Where are the Peters and Pauls who spoke with such authority that martyrdom did not silence them? Though they are dead, they still speak! Where are they?
As the church falls deeper into self-reliance and further from reliance on God, our need for bold leadership has never been greater. Change in our nation will only occur when there is a strong conviction of sin, genuine faith, humility, and sincere repentance, beginning in the pulpits. May God grant us the wisdom and strength to proclaim these truths.
We must stop confusing God’s patience with His approval and preach with conviction from the pulpits again — as dying men to dying men.
Breaking up the fallow ground cleans the heart, renews the Spirit, and strengthens our walk. We want a deeper relationship — we want to receive from God — we want to grow, but we must prepare our heart.
BY SHANE IDLEMAN
Matthew 24:35 (KJV)
35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.
Mark 13:31 (KJV)
31 Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.
Luke 21:33 (KJV)
33 Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.
Romans 12:2 (KJV)
2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
2 Timothy 4:3-4 (KJV)
3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
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