This world is full of imposter Christians. I’m talking false prophets. I’m talking preachers who stand behind a pulpit every Sunday, speaking to thousands of people and fooling them. These people are dangerous, and we are in a battle. We are in a battle, and God asks us if we are willing to call them out, to show the world what they are, to share the whole truth and nothing but the truth. God asks us, are we willing to lose friends? Are we willing to be persecuted? Are we willing to become outcasts? What are we willing to do-what are we willing to lose-for the truth? We know that the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23) and that there is one very narrow path to eternal life (Matthew 7:14) therefore we know the truth. We know that Christ is the only way to salvation (John 14:6) despite the fact that there are thousands of false gods in the world being used mightily by false prophets. False prophets are taking Jesus’ name and creating a new god out of Him, removing every bit of Him that makes Him righteous, eternal, powerful and sinless, and replacing those parts and qualities of Him with more grace and more love and more tolerance. But Jesus was never tolerant. No, He loved us but He demanded repentance. He accepted us, fallible as we are, but He demands an attempt. He demands that we try to separate ourselves from the world. He understands that we will fail, but He expects us to get back on our feet and refuse to budge again.
If we are not willing to preach the truth, we ought to stop preaching at all. We ought to start refusing His name and refusing to call ourselves Christians because we are filling this world with imposter Christians, and we are leading people straight into Hell in Jesus’ name.
We should look back on history and see that there is something extremely wrong with modern day Christianity. We used to see great revivals. We used to be difference makers. I wonder, what has happened to us? We used to have powerful Christian people out on the streets begging people to come to God lest they die and live a life in Hell. We used to have bold men and women. We used to have men like Leonard Ravenhill who would grab the attention of others and be honest! I wish we could all grasp this. Christian, this is a big deal. We’ve become so, so soft. Christian writers, stop talking about unimportant things and start using your platform to share truth! Preachers, start preaching again! Pastors, start guarding your flock and sending the wolves out of your church! Start protecting truth again! Christians, start caring! Where are our hearts? Where is our passion?
I am sickened with myself. I am sickened with Christians. I am sickened by churches. I am sickened by small groups. I am sickened by youth groups. We have all of this knowledge yet no fire. All of these plans but no passion. All of these activities but no outreach. When are we going to start loving the lost? When are we going to start caring about the truth again? Sin, repentance, Hell and salvation have become dirty words in society, in churches. We don’t talk about sin anymore because we want to comfort. We don’t talk about repentance anymore because we want to be tolerant. We don’t talk about Hell anymore because we don’t want to offend. We don’t talk about salvation anymore because we don’t want people to feel unloved. Don’t you think they’ll feel more unloved, more uncomfortable, more offended, when they die and get to Hell and say to themselves, “We met so many Christians yet we were NEVER told the truth?!” How many Christians have people in Hell met…how many doors were offered to us, ready to be opened? How many opportunities were we given? How many seeds did God give us to plant yet we refused?
It boils down to a few things.
1.) We Don’t Want People To Be Mean To Us.
Goodness. Preaching is scary. Talking about sin and Hell and repentance is scary. We don’t want to be labeled as a hypocrite…after all, we all sin and fall short of the glory of God. We don’t want to be labeled as a bigot, or for people to think that we’re not tolerant. We don’t want to talk about things online because man, people can be mean behind a computer screen. But we also don’t want to talk about things in person because that could ruin the place we have in society. We’re so worried about what people think, Christians, but what about God?
“If we displease God, does it matter whom we please? If we please Him does it matter whom we displease?”
― Leonard Ravenhill,
I’ve been called all sorts of names. I’ve been sent threats, I’ve been made into an outcast by people who claim to be Christians. I won’t fool you or myself and act like I’m perfect, because let me be clear, I am disgusted with myself and the lack of compassion I’ve had lately. I’m preaching to myself more than anyone else while writing this. But listen, I never feel closer to God or more loved by Him than when I am under fire for sharing His truth. You don’t have to deliver His truth with hatred or hypocrisy, you shouldn’t, because then you aren’t truly sharing God’s word, you’re sharing your own twisted, fallible version. But no matter how you talk or deliver the truth, the truth will convict and conviction can cause controversy. It will. Maybe not with everyone, but eventually, you’ll be under fire, but God will deliver you through it. Straight through it, without a burn.
2.) We Don’t Want Conviction; For Us, Or For Them.
I once heard a Pastor say that he gets more convicted by his own words than words from other preachers. That at times after a sermon, it’s all he can do to get through the sermon before running to the alter. When we share the truth with God on our side, that means we’re reading the Word of God and praying often, and we’re going to get uncomfortable at times. So are they. Conviction isn’t an easy thing for anyone, and it makes us want to run away from God at times to go lick at our wounds. Jonah did it. Remember when he ran away from God-twice-and tried to hide? And oh, that second time he ran away after the revival in Ninevah…man, he had some words for God. He was angry. He didn’t like what God was serving up for him. And so when we see others getting convicted, we may start wondering about our own lives. We know we’re messing up, and a lot of the time, we don’t want to be reminded.
Nothing like a healthy dose of conviction to destroy that glorying in ourselves.
3.) We Aren’t Humble Enough, And We Don’t Want To Be.
This was another problem of Jonah’s. He didn’t want to go to Ninevah because he didn’t think the people were worth it. He argued with God over this a whole lot, even after the revival. He was furious when God told him that He wouldn’t judge them because they’d repented and turned to Him. You see, Jonah had a pride problem. He forgot what God had forgiven him for…you know, like running away, ignoring Him completely, and so on, just weeks before I imagine, and thought that those people in Ninevah deserved some major judgement no matter how many times they’d apologized to God or how they believed and repented. Maybe we’ll witness to that sweet old lady across the street who would never have a mean word to say to anyone, but that drug addict? That alcoholic? That atheist who never has a nice word to say to a religious person? That person living in sin with no desire to leave?
That’s too tough. We’ll just leave them for God. And maybe they don’t deserve His intervention. What bad people they are.
Oh, wait. John 3:16 – “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Then we remember what Romans 5:8 says- “But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” And that according to Acts 10, God is no respecter of persons. And we read in 2nd Peter that God is not willing that any perish but that ALL receive eternal life.
Remember where you came from and how God has changed you. Because whatever He did for you, He can do for the vilest of sinners.
It’s time for us to grow some backbone. As Lester Roloff has said before, “We need porcupine preachers so that people will get the point.” Are you preaching truth boldly so that people get the point? So that they know how to receive eternal life? Or are you telling lies and creating imposter Christians?