2 Timothy 4:3-4
I have a good friend of mine who works with churches to help them design and build new facilities. He was lamenting about the fact that so many churches today seem more concerned with production, entertainment and style than they do with preaching, praying and heart-felt worship. He told me that the new wave is for pastors to preach a 15 minute "feel good" sermonette. Some very popular preachers on TV today rarely mention sin, or the cross, or the core message of the Bible. YIKES!
A MARK OF THE END TIMES
One of the tell-tale signs we are living in the last days is the abandonment of the preaching of the Bible, the very Word of the living God
I believe we are seeing an increasing number of preachers who appear to be more concerned with popularity and political correctness than they are with faithfulness to preach the whole counsel of God. Peter and John could have gotten along just fine with the Jewish Sanhedrin IF they had only stopped preaching in Jesus' name. but they would not do that! They were called to be His witnesses, even if their witness meant prison and death. As the viciously attacked beauty contestant, Carrie Prejean, so aptly said after she gave her "controversial" answer to the gay marriage question at the Miss USA pageant, "I would rather be biblically correct than politically correct." Would to God that every preacher in America had the courage and conviction of Peter, John. and even Carrie Prejean!
EVERY PASTOR'S CALL
Paul emphatically and clearly told young Pastor Timothy, "Preach the Word!" We are not to preach pop psychology or "feel good" theology. we are to preach His Word. Why? Because the devil works hard to get us to turn away from the Word. The devil knows that the Word of God is milk (1 Pet. 2:2), bread (Matt. 4:4) and meat (Heb. 5:14) for our souls. He knows that there is nothing more important for us TO HEAR AND TO DO than God's Word. It is the Word of God that produces faith (Rom. 10:17). If the devil can get us to water down the Word, compromise the Word, lay aside the Word, or, God forbid, disbelieve the Word. he has us right where he wants us.
OUR CHALLENGE FROM GOD
The Bible challenges us to be people who tremble at His Word (Is. 66:2). May you and I ALWAYS hold to the clear teachings of the Bible, even if those clear teachings go against the grain of political correctness and the world's warped understanding of "love." Make no mistake about it; real love kindly but firmly tells people the truth, even if it is unpopular and unpalatable.
Remember, truth is not what you may think, or what you may feel, or what may seem right to you. truth is what God says (Jn. 17:17). We would do well to cling to His Word. God will always honor the person who honors Him (1 Sam. 2:30).
COUNTDOWN TO ARMAGEDDON
Last week, we began airing the series COUNTDOWN TO ARMAGEDDON. If you missed the first message, you can watch it on www.fromhisheart.org. This coming Sunday, we will be looking at the state of the church and the world right before the rapture comes. I trust you will find this message encouraging, sobering, and helpful as you walk with Christ and look forward to His soon return. Invite a friend to tune in also.
Jeff Schreve is Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church in Texarkana, Texas. He and his wife Debbie have been married for over 20 years and are blessed with three wonderful girls. Jeff began From His Heart Ministries, a radio and television ministry, in January of 2005. This ministry is completely listener/viewer supported. It continues only through the faithful and generous gifts of people like you. Pastor Jeff takes no salary from this ministry. All gifts go to further the broadcast.