DON’T BE LED FROM THE TRUTH!
The Apostle Paul knew of those who had been led from the truth when he wrote Galatians 1:6-8. He wanted Timothy to be a jealous guardian of the work of God (I Tim. 6:20).
We today in the Lord’s church must be jealous of God’s great plan of salvation which initially will save us from our sins and is designed to keep us saved if we will follow it.
There is a trend among many young preachers today in the Lord’s church to not offer the Lord’s invitation and review God’s plan of salvation at the end of their sermons. God’s plan of salvation (hear, believe, repent, confess and be baptized and remain faithful).
Some years ago my family and I worshipped at the Vultee congregation in Nashville. The elders asked the new preacher to include the plan of salvation at the end of each sermon which he had been omitting. Finally the elders fired him when he refused to do so. This young preacher was highly educated in religion and thought he knew more than the elders and others in the congregation. His defense for not offering the plan of salvation was because it might offend someone and others might leave.
Can you hear the Apostle Paul saying to the young preacher, Timothy, “Now to be popular, don’t say anything that will offend anyone.”
On the contrary, Paul told Timothy, “Preach the word . . . reprove, rebuke and exhort.” (II Tim. 4:2-4).
We today in the Lord’s church must be jealous of God’s plan of salvation. Elders have responsibility for the flock and should be heeded when they insist that the plan of salvation and invitation be extended at the conclusion of each sermon. We need to encourage young preachers to preach the whole truth, whether it is unpopular or not; but because God’s work will judge us in judgment (John 12:48).
---- Earl Sutton