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Hard Preachin', Tough Love




MP3 available here.

Brother Castle talks about how there's no longer preaching about sin, about hell, about conviction and damnation in todays emerging church.

The emerging new age is taking place, where everything is feel good, an 'experience'.  It's all about expository sermons designed to make one feel special.

We were made in God's image, yes, Adam and Eve. After the fall, we are sinners, which does not reflect God's image.

That's why we need the blood of Jesus Christ, His sacrifice on the cross to pay for our miserable sin.
For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;” 2 Timothy 4:3

Preaching to a Homeless Man

There is a homeless man that I have known for a while.  I knew him when he was homeless, he got a house, then he lost it again. I've tried to help him in several ways, nothing special because I am nothing.  Things for his house, food, Gospel tracts, Gospel of John, things to help him start working.  I've witnessed to him a few times.

Sadly, he is homeless again.

I know a woman who was once homeless has witnessed to him also.

I spoke to him today and gave him a hard message.

He said that if there was a God then why would he be homeless, and begging.

Now, I don't wish to be unkind, but I preached to him about being a sinner, how he once had a job as a painter and decorator, lost his job, lost contact with his family, and how did that happen?  Because of sin.  Because he sinned.

He denied this, saying that everything that happened to him was someone else's fault.  Such and such happened because of 'that person', because of 'that thing'.

Now, i'm not denying that some things could have happened to him because of other people's sins, however a lot of what happened and is happening to him happened because of HIS sin.  He was convinced he was a nice guy, I gave him very specific examples of how things that had happened to him BECAUSE of what he did.  Examples of how 'being kind' as he said, how he'd let me down, let other people down, which was unkind, and many things.

None of this was to make me seem like a great guy, or a bad guy, or to somehow add to his problems.

It was hard preaching, done in love, so that he could REALIZE he is a sinner, and NEEDED the Lord's sacrifice to pay for his sins.

Believing we're OK people

A part of the problem with the emerging church, is that people don't preach about sin anymore.  How can we have repentance (changing our minds) without REALIZING our guilty, hopeless state?  We need the sort of preaching that produces REAL repentance.

Telling people they're OK, that they're 'nice' people really, yes, there is a time and place for this, but it is not every time and place. Sometimes people need to know the truth.  The biggest problem with the type of preaching you get in modern churches, is that it is the sort of preaching which does not produce REAL repentance (REAL conviction to change one's mind about one's own guilty state.)

My homeless friend

Don't worry, we're still friends.  He has the conviction in his heart now to accept our Saviour, the Lord. *Edit

Preaching about the depravity of man

Unless someone really knows how depraved man is, how depraved they are, then how can they ever know they NEED a Saviour?

And, how can the born again believer ever really know what sin is still in their lives, in order to improve themselves to walk with the Lord?

Tough Love

In the past, this would be referred to as tough love, it is tough, but it's not done for revenge or some sort of fleshly desire, but it's done, in love.

The Lord Himself will chastise us.  The Preacher, who's here to deliver God's word, should warn us, and guide us too.

"For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth."  Hebrews 12:5

 


*Edit:  I met my homeless friend the next day, and he accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as his saviour.






Updated 19th April 2018
16th April 2018

 

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