Preaching

 

 

1. Why is worldliness, which is so widespread among the Churches, exposed so rarely today?

 

 

The reasons are various.

In many cases, it is because he who should expose worldliness gives himself over to worldliness together with his family, and so it is impossible for him to rebuke those who live a worldly life: if he dared to rebuke them, they would immediately point the finger at him and would say to him, ‘You yourself are to be rebuked because you also live a worldly life.’ In other words, they would say to him, ‘You also watch television, you also go to the beach to get sun-tanned, you also permits your wife to wear a miniskirt, to wear make up, to wear jewelry, to wear sumptuous and close-fitting dresses, you also go to the amusement parks, you also follow the fashion, you also set your mind on earthly things; hypocrite, first rebuke yourself, then come to rebuke us!!’ This teaches us that a minister of the Gospel needs to be an example to the believers in order to be able to rebuke sincerely and with authority those who sin. With regard to this, I remind you that Paul said to Timothy not only: “I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables” (2 Timothy 4:1-4), but also: “These things command and teach. Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation [conduct], in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity” (1 Timothy 4:11-12).

In other cases, instead, it is because the leaders are afraid of exposing the worldly lusts according to which many believers walk. For they are afraid of losing the favour of the rebels, which may consist in their votes at the election/confirmation of the pastor or in the money of their wallet. This fear comes from the devil, who wants Christians to become and remain worldly persons. Let every pastor or Church leader who seeks to please men rather than God, know this: he has made himself an enemy of God, his judgement does not slumber; unless he stops tolerating the unfruitful works of darkness, God’s judgement will certainly come upon his head.

In other cases, it is because the leaders think and say that it is the Lord who will make these rebels understand that their behaviour is wrong. That’s a wrong attitude because God has appointed His ministers in His Church so that they should expose the unfruitful works of darkness. Were not the ministers of God given to the Church for the perfecting of the saints, which means that the saints are perfected through the ministers of God? So how can the saints be made perfect if the ministers keep silent? Therefore the ministers of the Gospel must raise their voice against the hypocrisies, the falsehood, the covetousness, the cunning, the unrighteousness, and the love of earthly things, which are so widespread among the Churches at all levels. They must exhort those who have forsaken the Lord and the old paths to return to the Lord and to walk again in the old paths, which are the straight paths where there is plenty of joy and peace. Those who love the world must turn red, they must be ashamed of their evil works, they must repent and bear fruits worthy of repentance. No mercy must be showed towards sin and the sinful lusts; just as sin is merciless towards the saints, so the saints must be merciless towards sin.

May the ministers of the Gospel strive earnestly against sin, which has deceived so many believers. May the ministers of the Gospel warn believers of the troubles those who love the world are heading for.

Let the terrible yet righteous judgements of God be proclaimed to the rebels. May those who take pleasure in lies, in hypocrisy, in worldly amusements, in the worldly fashion, tremble in hearing the judgements of God and forsake the stubbornness of their hearts in order to please God. Let the preachers blow the trumpet in Zion; let them warn God’s people of Satan’s devices.

Of course, by so doing, they will make themselves enemies of the rebels, who will grieve the preachers with all sorts of lies and evil behaviours, but all this will happen to them for righteousness’ sake, for the truth’s sake, so they will be blessed. Yes, they will be blessed because they will suffer for the Gospel’s sake, they will suffer for the Lord’s sake.

 

 

 

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