Heavy on Grace, Light on Sin

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  1. Revmitchell

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    In todays churches that have become weak there is an underlying cause. Some would hesitate to be so bold as to narrow down just what the cause of this is. But boldness is called for and boldness is necessary so as to bring the church back to its foundational meassage and purpose.

    Todays churches have weak because the gospel is not being preached but people have gathered themselves preachers that will tickle their ears and protect them from good old fashion conviction of the Holy Ghost. And in doing so the gospel has been reduced and made inferior to the solid truth of biblical exposition and the whole counsel of God.

    The sin that has been preached for these 2000 years is being ignored and justification for this is found in the ideology that only the sermons of Christ should be preached and all epistles should be preached from in light of them. This is pure ideology and has no theology.

    All preaching should be done in light of the blood, the cross, and the resurrection. Today we have speakers talking about a guitless grace. And what needs to be preached is the truth. For what makes grace so wonderful is the very sin that makes grace so necessary. But unfortuantely market saviness requires the gospel to be watered down. But preaching that down plays Gods wrath does not enhance preaching but undermines it!
     
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    If you want to hear from Jesus directly then here it is. This woman barged into the house of a Pharisee and began to worship her Lord and Savior without concern for those who condemned her.

    And she kneeled at his feet and washed them and cried on them.

    Why? Why would she do this? Why would she be so bold? Why would she kneel at his feet and cry?

    Because she realized the true state of her sinfulness.
    She knelt at the feet of Jesus because of her sin. Now there are those who would ignore that part. The sin. And probably preach (and I use that term lightly) on the attitude of the pharisees and how not to be judgmental. But the context of that passage is the sin of mankind and their need for a Savior.

    The miserable, unholy, ungodly sin from which we are delivered is the very thing that makes grace so needful and so very wonderful!
     
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    The church is weak because there is no biblical preaching going on and it produces the following:

    1. Grace w/out Guilt
    Preachers failing to obey the word of God and reprove, rebuke, and exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.

    2. Confession w/out Conviction
    Luke 7:36-50 36 And one of the Pharisees desired him that he would eat with him. And he went into the Pharisee's house, and sat down to meat. 37 And, behold, a woman in the city, which was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at meat in the Pharisee's house, brought an alabaster box of ointment, 38 And stood at his feet behind him weeping, and began to wash his feet with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment.


    3. Response w/out Repentence
    Lu 5:32 I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.
    Lu 15:7 I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.
    Lu 24:47 And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.
    4. Identification w/out Transformation
    Lu 22:48 But Jesus said unto him, Judas, betrayest thou the Son of man with a kiss?
    5. Doxology without Theology
    Praise take prioity over position
    Music without a message

    "When doxology replaces theology then psychology will determine theology."

    Junior Hill

    6. Ministry w/out Morals
    we have today more and more chirstians who do not want to judge and who do not want to condemn sin. abortion and murder is being excused even on this board.
     
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    7. Imagination as opposed to Revelation.

    Preachers who say "I dont have nay scripture to back this up but...."

    The church is weak because we have quit preaching the whole counsel of God and the gospel has been reduced to feel good psychology.

    Preachers lets get away from fear and abandonment of the whole counsel of God and lets just "Preach The Word!"
     
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    Grace, True Grace, is not grace unless there is a recognition of Sin.

    Guiltless grace is a misnomer..
    Grace only comes when there is a recognition of guilt.

    Now there is a difference between guilt and shame.
    Guilt comes from the convicting of the spirit
    Shame comes from satan and even after you have asked God to forgive you.

    God's grace destroys guilt.
    but Satan can plague a person with shame if we let him.
     
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    I wish that was going to be the case, but we are living in a lukewarm church. We must continue to preach the whole counsel of God's Scriptures and encourage and exhort others to do the same, but with the reality of the times we live in.

    Another problem is there is far from a consensus on what the whole counsel of God is.
     
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    tinytim,

    Good words. The problem in most churches is NOT that pastors aren't shaming the saved in their congregations enough, or that more pastors aren't yelling at "the culture" enough.
     
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    Preaching should be heavy on both sin and grace, for where sin abounded, grace did much more abound.
     
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    Agreed, Aaron. One should not be preached to the exclusion of the other.
     

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