I have been thinking, reading and praying lately, and have come to realize that Jesus preached about two primary things. He preached about the Gospel and the consequences of rejecting that Gospel. And He warned the crowds of the leaven of the Pharisees.
He was dead-set against the religious leaders of the day. At every possible turn, it seemed Jesus was either insulting, ridiculing, or condemning the Pharisees, Sadducees and scholars that seemed to flock around Him like vermin.
Almost every parable had underlying tones about the hypocritical attitudes of the Pharisees and He spared no expense in calling them out.
Now…how do we preach today as the “religious leaders” of this day and age? Do we proclaim the Gospel and the consequences of rejecting that Gospel? Do we warn the world of hell and God’s impending wrath? Do we insult and ridicule the hypocritical segment of mainstream Christianity for their fakery? No, we would be judgmental if we did. We talk about relationships, love and experiences.
When was the last time we heard of someone clearing out a bazaar or bake sale in the local church? When was the last time we heard of someone calling out John Piper, Rick Warren, Kenneth Copeland…etc.? We just don’t. We would rather copy and paste interesting articles and news items to give our readers a taste and leave the hornet’s nest unmolested. Well, I for one am ashamed of my unwillingness to engage the naysayers, atheists and gnostics for Christ’s glory. It’s high time we stood up, dusted off our indifference and stood for Christ and what He stood for.
It’s not man we need to be afraid of, they can only kill the body, no…it’s God we must be afraid of, for He can kill the body and after that can cast body and soul into hell…fear Him. I finally do.