As I started my saturation on the biblical text for this week, I spent my lunch hour listening to other pastors online to see how pastor’s were handling the text. After about 30 minutes of what I can only explain as disheartening, I had to turn it off.
All of these pastors were unified in one mission; to make people feel justified and OK with personal sin. The saddest part about the whole thing is that these men were all very educated and even used the Greek, yet the filter of tolerance and acceptance has fundamentally changed the gospel they preach.
These ear ticklers cling onto the smallest of details and focus so much on whatever grey area they can find to make it seem that Jesus wasn’t concerned about our sin at all because “It is finished”…
One sermon I heard spent almost the entire time tearing down 1,000 years of what has been shared about that text only to give people a free pass. I was waiting for some mana, but he never got that far. He just wanted people to know that their sin was OK because we all sin.
We do all sin, but if your focus is not on repentance and overcoming the sin that the Spirit reveals in your heart, how can you claim to worship Him? Is not our humility and surrender our spiritual act of worship as we allow the Spirit to cleanse us?
This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. 1 John 1:5-6
Christianity is changing my friends. Our sermons, our mainstream music; it is all focused on justification to make those who feel shame comfortable in their skin. The mentality has become, “I sin, you sin, we all sin… So lets forgive each other so we both can feel good as we sin.” This is not the Gospel. This is not faith…
Not every college-level pastor preaches Truth. 90/10 The best false teachers only mix in 10% of false witness to the Name of God. They sure look like they know what they are doing. They have millions of followers online, but they are wolves in sheep’s clothing.
The Bible warns us to repent and sin no more. And when we do sin, we are to confess it to God and strive to overcome that sin in His power. The gospel of today’s church is more about justification of sin. No wonder why so many Christians lack peace and joy. For there is no power in a 90/10 sermon; no life-giving Mana in an adulterated Word.
If your pastor is focused more on making you feel good in your sin and struggle, run away. The God I serve has set us free from the power of sin and given us His Spirit to overcome it.