I want now to talk about the next section of this book. There are some things that are mentioned in this chapter which I feel are worth talking about.
The first topic is the Church having fake Christians. He says that we ought to aim for perfectly accurate recordings of the numbers of people in our Churches who profess our faith. Today, there are Churches who are seeker-sensitive. Too many well-meaning people–and I’m guilty of this myself at times–get too afraid of offending other people instead of offending God. I still don’t want anyone offended at my sermons rather on my blog or podcast, so this is why if you listen to my podcasts if it is something I know that someone is going to be offended about, I pray for that person or those people. This way, the Spirit can help them understand and/or change their thinking depending on what was said.
Other people don’t do this, but this way I put it all on Jesus and the respective people or person will have to go to God if they are offended about anything.
That’s okay, but to tell someone, “Don’t talk politics around this house because my friend, boyfriend, etc. you feel in the blank gets real offended when the subject comes up,” is giving into the fear of man. I can understand if they don’t get offended but cry because of past trauma (and I respect that because I want them to have a good time and me to have a good time while the), but if they’re just offended, they need to pray concerning the thing that causes them to be offended.
These feel-good messages (including Lakewood Church with all due respect) have to change their tone. You can preach a message of hope without omitting sin.
Dennis Clark of Full Stature Ministries says, “I don’t preach on any one sin. I just preach against self,” and of course I’m paraphrasing, but to get his statement, click here. Trust me: His messages are not like motivational speeches. I don’t say this like some preachers do in a judgmental spirit like, “Well, all they want to do is merchandise off of their people.” I’m referring to when I talked concerning Joel’s sermons and Lakewood Church. I say these things not to throw anyone under the bus but to say, “This is not the way the Word has us preach.” This book shows me that the same things you see in today’s churches has been around for at least two thousand years if not longer.
However, the same things that Spurgeon says in this book is what you will hear in Warning Vision: 7 Waves To Hit California and The Remnant Rising With Jessi And Parker Green podcast series.
I have some questions for you if you are a Pastor:
- Are you afraid of offending your congregation or losing the “big bucks?” Jesus said you can’t serve God and mammon (Matthew 6:24).
- Are you letting the culture dictate what you preach instead of even if necessary disobeying the government and preaching what God tells you to? (Romans 12:1-2; Acts 5:bi; 20:28; 4:24-31; Mark 16:15-20).
- Are you trying to convince them through your eloquence (1 Corinthians 2:4-5)?
- Are you letting the Father draw all men unto Himself? (John 12:32). Are you only doing what you see the Father doing? (John 15; 5:19-20).
I also ask the parishoners, “Are you letting the fear of man get the best of you?” Or are you fearing God (Matthew 10:28; Proverbs 9:10). Selah!
I want to thank you so much for reading this blog. I understand that it is a hard message, but please take it to the Lord in prayer. Also, before I forget, click here to read the book.