More preachers than ever are concerned about offending other people more than they are about offending God. Many preachers cower away from exposing sin and calling sinners into accountability. They are more concerned with being politically correct. They rather be liked and well thought of by their congregants and associates (James 4:4). They want to be popular with the crowd and not endanger their potential for financial perpetuities. They rather excuse the sinfulness of others under the guise of being longsuffering, gracious, encouraging and supportive. But they are really impotent cowards. They enable and validate sin by their relative silence; for silence gives consent. However, God doesn’t remain silent in the presence of sin. God doesn’t allow sin to continue unchecked. God exposes sin and instructs us to do the same. (Ephesians 5:11)
I remind you that God doesn’t play around with sin nor does He avoid passing judgment on it. God did not equivocate about killing Ananias and Sapphira for lying to Him about the proceeds from their land sale in Acts 5. His judgment was swift, decisive and final. God did not seek to extend mercy to the betrayer of His Son but allowed Judas to hang himself (Matthew 27:5). God is a just God and righteous and bold in all His judgment.
It is my observation that many worldly, weak, spineless preachers practice timidity. They do not preach with the conviction and passion of someone who is intimately acquainted with the God of Holiness. They preach a social religion – one that caters to the whim of the people. Some preach almost apologetically in fear of being accused of being too holy or too righteous or too heavenly to be any earthly good. They dare not say anything with any real divine substance least their own integrity come into question. And many are not living what they are preaching so they cannot stand the scrutiny of too close of an examination. But God’s water baptized, Holy Spirit filled, born-again man of God practices bold preaching with power and demonstration as opposed to theatrics and emotional animation.
Therefore pray always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints— and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel,for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak. ~ (Ephesians 6:18-20)
Holy Boldness is the mark of one who has been filled with the Genuine Spirit of Christ.
“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear but of miraculous boldness and of love and of sound judgment.” 2 Timothy 1:7
If you are too scared to tell the truth, then you are too scared to preach.
Leave the teaching and preaching to those who are truly called, anointed, sent and appointed by God to deliver His Word unaltered by theology, uncensored by philosophy and unchanged by society.
Many so-called soldiers of the cross are just too afraid of ridicule and rejection to effectively minister the Word of admonishing and correction. However, the Spirit of Christ says:
“The Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes everyone he accepts as a son. (Hebrews 12:6)
“I correct and punish everyone I love. So make up your minds to turn away from your sins. Listen! I am standing and knocking at your door. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in and we will eat together. Everyone who wins the victory will sit with me on my throne, just as I won the victory and sat with my Father on his throne. If you have ears, listen to what the Spirit says to the churches.” (Rev. 3:19-23)
Be A Bold Soldier of God!
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