Many conservative gospel preachers in our society today preach and speak as the oracles of God (I Peter 4:11). The gospel truth can, in fact, stir people in a negative way, no matter how loving and kind the preacher is.
Preaching about God being the one true God will stir up the Muslim population. Preaching about morality and absolute truth will stir up the immoral and the relativists who think in terms of a social gospel. Preaching the authority of the scriptures will stir up the liberal and post-modern crowds who think we have outgrown the ancient and obsolete scriptures. Preaching against liquor will stir up the social drinkers in the church. Preaching on marriage, divorce and the home will stir up those living in adultery and delinquent parents. Preaching about marriage as being only between a man and woman will stir up homosexuals and transgender people. Preaching on work ethics will stir up the lazy. Preaching against gambling will stir up those who hope to get rich by gambling rather than by working. Preaching on honesty stirs up the dishonest, the liar, cheat and the hypocrite. Preaching against the corruption in government will stir up the evil left who advocate killing unborn babies and socialism.
Preaching against sin is a very unpopular subject with many liberal preachers and many of the elders in the Lord’s church. As a general rule, the strength of any sermon depends more on the strength of conservative elders. Many preachers know that they should be preaching against sin; but in order to remain on the payroll, they must water down their comments on the subject of sin. Has our preaching gotten too watered down in an effort to please the masses?
It is right for a preacher to use the pulpit to oppose corrupt political issues such as legalizing liquor, gambling, abortion, easy divorce, homosexuality, transgenderism, and other such things. My friends, these are not only just political issues but are moral and biblical issues. It is a complete shame and disgrace for any preacher to hide his head in the sand and refuse to preach on sin issues that so adversely affect the morality of our community and nation!
In the Lord’s church, there are matters of great concern. Preaching on modesty, which was common a few decades ago, is hardly ever mentioned today. Preaching about attendance with irregular members and the importance of faithfulness is also hardly mentioned anymore. It is true that preaching about sin will stir up the post-modern, post-moral, post-loving people in the church who seem to think of God as the Great – Freebie – Giver who enjoys watching us enjoy ourselves with no restrictions.
Our society and church, to a certain extent, has become anti-authoritarian; and our preaching has become non-confrontational and non-offensive that reflects the humanistic spirit of tolerance and good feelings.
When preachers stand before God in judgment and give an account for how they have handled His word, they will not be rewarded for making people feel good but rewarded for convicting sin. My point is some elders and preachers are failing their congregations by not preaching and teaching strong lessons against sin, which is all around us today.