It seems my original post required 3D glasses to read, hopefully I have corrected the problem? And more will be inclined to respond.IS GRACE, MISSING IN ACTION IN THE REPENTANCE MESSAGE?Carefully consider the brief exert below from the Printed Message: [b]"What Happens To The Church When Preachers No Longer Preach Against Sin"[/b] dated 1/17/05 by David Wilkerson."Many young ministers have asked me similar questions: "How can I deal with sin in my congregation? So many couples are divorcing, and others are living in adultery. I know I have a responsibility to preach God's holiness to them. But I don't want to drive anyone out of the church, either." My answer to these young preachers is always the same: "your congregation will listen to anything you have to say, if you say it through tears. You can't beat them over the head with your message. They have to know your heart is broken. Try to bring them to repentance by preaching God's GRACE. Yes, his Word is a two-edged sword. But you have to wield it wearing velvet gloves." Of course, this isn't the attitude of every preacher. I regularly receive letters from Christians who say, "You have to hear Reverend So-and-so preach. He comes down hard on sin." Yet, much of the time, these preachers' sermon tapes are nothing but angry tirades against outward things. Their messages rarely include God's mercy or GRACE. Instead, they lay heavy burdens on their sheep, yet never lift a finger to relieve them."I pray earnestly, God let me get it now, let me see it now, let me understand it now, Your Grace. Not when I'm 70+ years of age, as is Rev. Wilkerson, and then the scales as it were, to fall from my eyes.I believe God demands that we Minister the full council of God, which always is a balanced message that will quicken the hearts of the hearer.Your thoughts?In Christ,tony
my, my, my....I do agree. I don't have time to put down everything I think about this. I will try to put down what comes to mind first.I am one who likes to be convicted. God convicts me pretty regularly- i don't know about anybody else. But I am glad for it. I like to be convicted if I listen to a message as well. We should all be willing to grow and change into Christlikeness.I believe that if people are taught and have the fear of the Lord- you won't have to do alot of hard preaching. Hopefully the Holy Spirit is doing that already in their lives. A holy fear balanced with his amazing grace which we do not deserve.I still believe that Jesus was the ultimate preacher and prophet. I think it is best to model ourselves after Him. To let Him become more of Himself in us- so that we decrease. It is best to focus on this. Christians in general (pastors included) should have their focus on Jesus and point to Jesus with their message and their life. You can't go wrong with this.Here is a snippet today fro Oswald Chambers about Paul's preaching:Paul said that he was gripped by the love of God and that was why he acted like he did. There was only one thing he lived for- to persuade people of the coming judgement of God AND to tell them of the "love of Christ". This total surrender to "the love of Christ" is the only thing that will bear fruit in your life. And it will always leave the mark of God's holiness and his power, never drawing attention to your personal holiness.-O. Chambers Feb.4
Hi Bro. Tony,
IS GRACE, MISSING IN ACTION IN THE REPENTANCE MESSAGE?
_________________Robert Wurtz II
You can't beat them over the head with your message. They have to know your heart is broken.
The sword of the Word always cuts deep, but after it has cut it must heal or it hasn't done it's job. Our responsiblity is to preach sin as excedingly sinful, but then Grace as more than sufficient. Leave out grace and you'll make a legalist, leave out sin and you'll give them a license. Preach both and God will raise up Christians.
Leave out grace and you'll make a legalist, leave out sin and you'll give them a license. Preach both and God will raise up Christians.
And let us remember of a truth:[size=small]"You can shear sheep many times, you can skin them only once"[/size]God Bless,tony