What kind of preaching are you doing? As Christian’s, we’re all called to be preachers. Maybe not behind a pulpit, leading a church, but we are all called to witness to lost souls, and preach the Gospel. No matter our ages, how long we’ve been saved, what we’ve done in our past. If we are redeemed by the blood, we are called to preach. But it seems like the longer some people are saved, the less they want to preach. We’ve gotten too familiar with Christ, too set in our ways. We got saved, maybe we lived sold out to Him for the first couple of years, but then, we got content with where we were at. So we stopped. We stopped praying. We stopped studying. We stopped trying to get to know Him more. And we stopped witnessing. Perhaps we once had a zeal for the lost, perhaps we couldn’t even leave our houses and see strangers without wondering if they were lost, but slowly…that zeal started to leave us. We don’t have the desire to preach. Sure, you’ll mention God in conversations, you’ll probably even mention Him lovingly, and desire your lost friends to eventually find Him, but you refuse to plant a seed. Maybe you pray for them every so often, but you lack excitement. You lack the fear of where they’re heading. You lack love.
And maybe, you do preach. Maybe, you do witness. But are you witnessing like Jesus? Are you preaching the way He calls us to? Are you preaching the true Gospel? I’ve talked about this topic on many of my posts, but I feel like it always needs repeated. I’m far from the perfect Christian. As far as someone could be. My witnessing style needs work, my evangelism needs work. I can’t say that the way I witness is the perfect way, but I can say this – this lovey dovey, watered down Gospel that we want to preach is not the Gospel of Jesus Christ. People can not be saved without the entirety of the Gospel. The love and the grace of Jesus is what saved us, yes, and it is an amazing thing. We should preach grace and love, absolutely. But we also must remember that there is no salvation without repentance, and there will be no repentance unless the person knows the whole Gospel. We have to prepare them for salvation, prepare them for grace and love.
You say, we shouldn’t condemn sinners. It isn’t our job to judge, our job to condemn. But they are already condemned. We aren’t the one’s condemning! “He that believes not is condemned already.”John 3:18. Our witnessing should not make them feel unloved or so far from grace that salvation is impossible, but we should use the law to show them their state so they know there’s something to repent from.
But, back to my original point – how are we witnessing? Like Charles Spurgeon said, our preaching of Christ should make Hell shake! Do we really think that our witnessing is doing that? I think not! My witnessing is weak, nowhere close to this. But isn’t that what we should desire? We should wake up every day and be prepared to bring lost souls to Christ, to plant that seed, so that Satan fears it! Are we doing anything that would make Hell shake up? Are we preaching enough? Are we preaching hard enough?
Remember what the Bible says in Corinthians about preaching,
For Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the gospel, and not with words of eloquent wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.
Are we emptying the cross of it’s power? Are we removing parts of the Gospel because it may scare people away? How are we preaching?