As pastors in California are wondering what the next step is, God’s Word is crystal clear – preach the full counsel of God. Pastors… make no mistake about it: we play an enormous role in shaping the direction of the country. We can no longer remain silent while sin goes unchecked.
Deep repentance must take place at the individual and national level; our consciences have been seared. Our job is to preach the totality of God’s word, including those things that are hard to hear, so that both conviction and comfort take place.
“We need more prophets in our pulpits and less puppets” (Leonard Ravenhill).
Change will not occur until we confront sin rather than hide from it.
We must stop focusing only on encouragement in our sermons. We all need encouragement, that’s a given, but most people feel beaten down because they’re not hearing more about repentance – “repent and experience times of refreshing from the presence of the Lord” (cf. Acts 3:19).
To truly help people, we must preach the difficult truths as well as the joyful ones; preach the cross and the new life; preach hell and preach heaven; preach damnation and preach salvation; preach sin and preach grace; preach wrath and preach love; preach judgment and preach mercy; preach obedience and preach forgiveness; preach that God “is love,” but don’t forget that God is just. It is the love of God that compels us to share all of His truth.
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Source: Christian Headlines