Pastors on the Offensive
If there’s anybody on the earth who must have braveness, it have to be pastors. It’s important to have braveness to meet your accountability. Why? As a result of you must confront the world with its fallenness and with its sin—not simply generally however in particular. It’s important to confront folks.
It’s important to say to folks, “The soul that sins will die. There is death and there is everlasting punishment and there is hell.” It’s important to warn sinners that aside from religion within the Lord Jesus Christ, they may spend eternity in hell. That takes braveness.
It’s important to confront the world with its fallenness and with its sin—not simply generally however in particular. It’s important to confront folks.
It’s important to arise in opposition to the cultural developments and say, “That is a sin, that is wrong, that dishonors God, that brings divine judgment.” That sort of braveness rises from convictions.
Pastors Want Conviction
There’s nothing worse than a pastor who doesn’t have any convictions. And once I say convictions, I imply convictions in regards to the issues which are laid out explicitly in Scripture. If you’ll compromise what the Bible says, you’re the worst substitute for a pastor. We—of all folks—should take what the Phrase of God says. It should change into a part of our conviction to such a level that we’ll earnestly contend for the religion, that we’ll combat for the religion, that we’ll boldly proclaim the religion—even when it means demise.
And that’s simply a part of fulfilling our accountability. I’m saddened that there appear to be so many pastors who aren’t prepared to display the extent of braveness that must be important to the accountability.
By braveness, I don’t imply that you just’re brutal, unloving, or unkind. I simply imply that you just converse God’s fact right into a world and a tradition that’s going to be offended by it. However you do it since you’ve been known as to do it and you realize it honors the Lord. it’s the reality and other people want to listen to it if there’s to be any hope for them to return to Christ.
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