In recent weeks, a very well known pastor of a very large church in the States has been criticized for his answer-or rather, lack of an answer-about abortion while on an incredibly Liberal television talk-show.
As I read about what was said, my heart became so burdened for those whom he had the chance to minister to and share the truth with, but chose not to.
Unfortunately, this is happening way more often than it should. Pastors are sharing a watered-down version of the gospel to pacify those in attendance.
I want to say, while this applies to every single Christian, I want to take this moment to speak to those who are specifically in public ministry.
Pastors are seemingly becoming more worried about offending someone, than they are with sharing the truth.
It is a pastor’s job–their duty, in fact, as a messenger of The Word– to tell the people in their church what the Bible says is sin-whether or not they like what you are saying.
We are told that the Bible is the very word of God-that it is God-breathed.
“All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.” 2 Timothy 3:16
Meaning, whether someone likes it or not, when you tell them what the Bible is saying, you are telling them what God is saying.
When a teacher of The Word is evasive or purposefully not saying what the Bible says–be it on a TV interview, in Church or anywhere else for that matter–they miss the opportunity to lead people into the light. In fact, by not telling people the truth, it just leaves them in darkness while the person who is supposed to show them the light stands by watching them live a life that’ll lead to nothing but destruction and, quite frankly, to Hell.
Here’s the thing; we are told in the Bible that people aren’t going to like what the Bible says.
We are told that we will suffer for speaking the gospel-maybe it won’t mean getting killed, like it does in other countries, but it could mean being cast out of the more “popular” groups at work, school or even at church.
“And all nations will hate you because you are my followers.” Matthew 10:22
“Yes, and everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.” 2 Timothy 3:12
Here’s what it comes down to; sharing the gospel-the real, unvarnished gospel- isn’t what people want to hear. Society loves to be told that everything they do is okay. And, unfortunately, even in the church today, people are being taught that it’s okay to do something because you can just ask God to forgive you and he will because of his grace.
When someone gives their heart to Christ, they’re repenting of their sin. Repentance means turning and walking away from one’s sinful nature, not continuing in it because “he’ll just forgive me for it anyways”. That isn’t repentance, that’s just a free pillow that is being handed out to church-goers so that they can continue feel more comfortable about what you’re doing, and yet still feel like they’re living a sanctified life.
Why? Because if people are hearing what makes them feel good, they’ll come back, and goodness knows that all the really matters is the numbers and attendance records… (complete sarcasm meant there)
Pastors, it’s time to raise up and be unashamed of speaking the truth-even if it might offend someone. It’s time to stop worrying about the numbers so that you’ll reach your monthly financial quote and, rather than putting your faith in the earthly, obvious way to make money (by having tons of people attend your services) return to having faith that God will provide the resources needed to continue in ministry.
You can’t stop someone from feeling offended, but you can deliver the message that’ll stop people from going to Hell.
And this world is in desperate need of The Truth. The truth that the only way things are going to get better is if people start turning back to God. And the only way that’ll happen is if you stand up and preach what the Bible says-and part of that, is telling the people what it says is sin, and it’s a minister’s job-a messenger of The Gospel of Jesus Christ- to tell them.
It’s time to raise up and preach the message that’ll cause these nations to turn back to God! Even if it isn’t the “popular” thing to be telling people.