“It’s not the style of our music that gets people converted. It’s not because of the entertainment level that they enjoy that gets them converted. Sooner or later you’ve got to get down to confronting them with the message and my judgment is sooner is better than later. So what are we waiting for? Let’s just get them to hear the message, that’s how they’re going to be saved. Take out the preaching of sin, take out the preaching of hell, take out repentance, take out the cross, and then people will feel comfortable. That’s the new trend. Build an image of love, care, being nice and if everybody is nice, they like us, they might like Jesus. That is tragically not the case.
When Jesus came preaching, He came preaching repentance. They hated Him for it. They sought to kill Him and eventually they executed Him. They did the same to all the Apostles. They’ve been doing it to the faithful preachers throughout all of the history of the church. There’s only two possible…well three possible reactions to the gospel. One would be indifference, the other would be faith and the other would be hostility. You have to live with the reality of that.
So the church has had this illusion somehow that we can wipe out everything that offends. And somehow influence people to be saved in an inoffensive way. Eventually you’ve got to get to the offense, you might as well start there because until they’re offended about their own sins, and their violation of the holiness of God, they aren’t going to come penitently to the Savior.”
taken from: Principles for Discernment, Part 2, delivered on November 06, 2002.
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Related Resources @ GTY (free):
- Defining Discernment (articles)
- Principles for Discernment, Part 1 (sermons)
- Principles for Discernment, Part 3 (sermons)