The Bible says, or ‘Thus saith the LORD’, “Preach the Word; be instant in season, and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall heap to themselves teaches, having itching ears.” 2 Timothy 4:2-3
Paul said, “For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God. Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Spirit hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which He hath purchased with His own blood.” Acts 20:27
Having read these passages of Scripture, the ‘Thus saith the Lord’ how, in the name of God and His Son Jesus, can a pastor dare stand in the pulpit every Sunday, and preach nothing but words which comfort and encourage people. We definitely are to preach Jesus, His death, His burial, and His resurrection. There was a reason for His death, burial and resurrection, and that was that we are sinners, God in His love and grace desired to save us, in order that we might glorify His name.
A pastor/preacher who never confronts the sins of his people, or the sins of our society or culture is no man of God at all. He is either a puppet of the people he professes to serve, or he is a man after the devil’s heart. I was recently told of a pastor, whom I know, who was asked about the stem cell issue by one of the members of his congregation, and his answer was, as it was told to me, “There are two sides to this issue…” The all around implication was “I am not going take a stand on this issue”. Is that the attitude of a pastor or a coward who is posing as a preacher?
Our churches, our people, the States we live in and serve, and our Country needs men of God who will without fear or favor to men, stand in the pulpit with God’s Word in their hand and on their heart, speak the Word as clearly, distinctly, with conviction, boldness and courage that the people will know they have heard the Word of God.
The man of God will preach the Word of God to get conviction in the hearts of the people. There must be a conviction of sin in God’s people. If God’s people will not be convicted of sin, how do we expect to ever see anyone be saved. Why would we even pray for anyone to be saved since we have no conviction of sin, thus no need for salvation.
Wake up pastors, Preach the Word. It is not a time for slacking in the Word. It is time to preach for conviction. It is time to preach holiness, righteousness, and judgment. Let the people see the plight of sin, and the blight of sin.
Preachers and pastors – PREACH THE WORD, not comfort. Now is the time to be uncomfortable.
-Tim A. Blankenship