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Posted On: 2013-06-05 15:37:49
Are Christian Preachers too Complacent?
In a day and time when we really need direction in our country, churches, and homes, do you see that preachers of the gospel have become complacent in their messages? No one is doin what Isaiah 58:1 anymore which says "Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins." Are we afraid that we're going to lose our members if we begin to speak truth, or are we afraid that our pockets will get thin? Somebody help me out here because there is a famine in the land for a real word of God.
Personally I believe all are complacent to there own extent not just Christian Preachers. Any complacency on the part of a person could be the result of idol thought in some way which is really where most if not all of these things tend to stem from I believe so then to solve a great deal of problems people need to understand to the widest, and most detailed extent what that completely, and absolutely imply.
Im am a Christian, but of another faith, and it is really refreshing to hear that someone from another Christian faith recognizes how important the preaching work is, especially now, more than ever. It speaks volumns about what kind of man you are and what kind of Christian you are as well. The preaching work you speak of has been in operaton since Jesus gave us the command to preach until the time of the end. Matter of fact, by the mouth of Jesus himself, he lets us know that this message would not be proclaimed scantily, but that the entire Earth would be saturated in it. You can rest your hope on these facts because in Matthew 24:14 Jesus says: and This Good News of the KIngdom WILL BE preached in all the inhabited earth for a Witness to all the nations and then the end will come. The Good News Of Gods Kingdoms was at the forfront of what Jesus taught. It was the center piece and the theme. Like wise this Congragation who Does obey Christ Command today Champion Not
Champions this Kingdom message, but they are presently responsible for saturating the Earth in it. These people are not hard to find, often they knock on your door(Acts20:20). Also consider this, out of the 40,000 different denominations of Christianity, you could count on 1 hand how many of them participate in the preaching work, and who Champions the Kingdom message. I know this because im out there in the field.
God allows things to happen yet He doesn't cause them. Every person is given a freewill to do whatever they like, including rejecting the love of the Creator, but still God in His mercy bears long for He does wish that "any should perish, but that all should come to repentance." - 2 Peter 3:9. God has a respect for our decision. Please visit http://lastdaystruth.blogspot.com and watch a short video in the home page entitled "God Good?" and also visit http://bibletruthspot.blogspot.com and go through a series there called 'ORIGIN OF EVIL', it touches on this issue.
Money. it is said is the root of all evils, and it is the only reason the current trend in the Christian community has been drawing many pastors farther from God every single day. There was a time when Christian missionaries were renowned for their simple lifestyle. They would leave the comfort of their homes, often in western countries, to live in Africa. They endured the hardship the natives suffered in a bid to impart in them the knowledge of Jesus Christ as well as education that would improve their lives. The early pastors were always there for their congregation tending to their needs and this was passed across to their successors who were Africans, but the legacy of the likes of Reverend Ajayi Crowther who spent their entire lives ministering to the spiritual needs of members of their faith and widening the knowledge scope of Nigerians generally has since dissipated to a more self-centred doctrines
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The LOVE of money is the root of all evil according to Scripture. I've been in ministry since 1976 and the vast majority of pastors, preachers, missionaries I've known are still living at or below the poverty index for their related cultures. Most of us work 60-80 hours, 6-7 days a week, use spend 'vacation' on the mission field, or in much needed sabatical. We trust that where God guides, He provides. My family (including grandchildren) have always had their needs abundantly met - I Tim.6:6-10
Some are because society has made it not ok to tell people the way it really is. But there are still some pastors out there that will tell the truth in love without sugar coated the real issues. The key is to find that house and be fed by that kind of pastor, because in the end the truth is the only thing that will set us free! Help spread the true word with your very own scriptural emblem by visiting www.anointedbygrace.com.
30yrs a pastor, it's impossible to unilaterally call ALL preachers complacent, although too many are for wrong reasons. There are good reasons why 'crying out' isn't a norm. Jesus warned 'not to cast your pearls before swine' & 'unless the Father draw him, no man can come to God". When preaching falls on deaf ears, it's best to be silent than continue sowing without fruit. Since it's impossible to bring one to repentance unless the Spirit convicts him of his sin, preaching without anointing is always useless. Too much ineffective preaching has been done. Like the Good Shepherd, better to leave the 99 to find the one lost. There is joy in heaven over one soul. Quality trumps quantity in preaching. I doubt a heightened decible level today would draw more than it would repel. It remains true 'hearing they do not hear', but God's Word NEVER returns to Him void. Besides, sheep produce sheep, not shepherds. Preach the Gospel - when necessary, use words; Preach Good News, not condemnation.
I disagree. Any preacher who compromises his message due to fear of being removed, should be removed for cowardice and lack of conviction. Also, failure in the pulpit comes from a lack of anointing on the preacher. It is a heart condition that must be resolved. But a clear definition of complacency reveals that it is NOT the real problem with any preacher that is censoring his message due to fear. Complacency is usually understood as contentment, satisfaction, sense of security, or smugness.