Sunday, September 21, 2008
SOFT PREACHING WEAKENING CHRISTIANITY IN THE U.S.
WATCH THIS SHORT 5 MINUTE VIDEO HERE & WEEP FOR OUR YOUTH
It is amazing to me that most churches would ignore or stay clear from the most fiery and honest evangelists in America - Paul Washer. But if you ever hear him preach, you will know why! He strips bare the lie of modern evangelism and the modern church movement. He was never invited to speak to the Baptist Youth again, after a 2002 Alabama Baptist Youth convention where he spoke Truth to the Laodecian church of today and its "converts"!
Paul had an amazing gift and anointing from God to speak the Truth of the Pure Gospel that only very few men and women preach these days. The closest teachers of the Gospel to Pastor Washer are Ray Comfort, Mark Keiler (Word Pictures), Drs. Steven Davey, John MacArthur and Johnny Hunt.
As a street preacher/evangelist myself, I was once caught up in the cheap evangelism these men accurately rail against. Namely..."Jesus died for your sins. Trust in the Work on the Cross and if you did, pray this salvation prayer with me!" I have done that and thought I brought people to the Lord! Now I know better, my friends!
What I had done is plant the seeds of the Gospel, but unless the Lord had prepared their hearts to receive the Gospel, all I did was plant the seed and even given false assurance that a prayer has saved them!
Now I know, from the prompting of Holy Ghost, that some of those I have witnessed to, taught one on one with and prayed with, HAVE been saved.
However, in hindsight, I think this represents less than 50% of those I originally thought were saved because I prayed a prayer with them! I pray the Lord takes over where I left off and leads them into a real relationship with Him!
If I, a mere humble man who has never been trained in a seminary, can realize this Truth, why can't those conservative preachers of the Gospel in American churches these days?
Why do they persist in offering up just enough of a vaccine of the Gospel, to say they are preaching Truth, and then ask people to pray with them at the end of the sermon, only to allow them to leave and go home with a smile and pat on the back to a potroast lunch at home? Why?!!
What American Christianity has done is create a full roster of false "converts" who are heading for certain hell, unless someone gets a hold of them and their hearts with the Truth! It will take more than a short blog here to get to the root of the problem and provide answers, but stay with us here and maybe we can pull some back from the precipice!
What American Christianity has done is create a fool's gold of false baptisms to report to Head Office about how 'good our church' is doing, so we would look good at the next convention or to the future members.
Do not be angry with me, my friends. Here is what Jesus Himself says in Matthew 7:21(NKJV) "Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord', shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven".This is serious business. This is not fun and games or fad-driven spirituality. This is Jesus speaking in stark terms. This is the Truth. Search your own heart. Are you a child of His? If not, call out to Him NOW!
Are your sins forgiven?
Do you have the inner peace and joy of knowing that they are?
If not, what is holding you back? There is no second chance once this mortal life is over. Repent and put your Trust in the Savior.
Accept Him fully as YOUR Lord, because He is. If He is NOT your Lord now, then you are still not letting go of self. It is about Him and not us.
Won't you consider this now?
It's time to get back to the TRUE preaching of the Word...the kind of power preaching which led to the salvation of 500 in 1741 when Jonathan Edwards preached the greatest sermon ever in America - SINNERS IN THE HANDS OF AN ANGRY GOD.
It is also time to go back to preaching the TRUE GOSPEL of Christ about the Total Depravity of Man, Repentance, Believing the Gospel and Putting Your Trust and Faith in Jesus - as Lord and Savior!
It is time for church leaders to stop playing games and worrying about buildings or numbers and start concerning themselves about the Temples of the Holy Spirit - the humans sitting in their pews.
It is time for also for those of us, sitting in those pews, to search our hearts daily and check to see if we are even saved and called by His Name!
It is just plain old time - to speak the Truth in love, with boldness and fearlessly.
It is finally time to realize that this message will offend some weak and all fake Christians. It is up to us to explain and touch their hearts with the Gospel, the True Gospel and not what's spouted week after week to inoculate the frozen chosen, until they come back for their booster shots the next week.
In Jesus' Name, amen.
ADDITIONAL RESOURCE: VIDEO - WHY PAUL WASHER SAID WHAT HE SAID IN THE VIDEO CLIP OF HIS MESSAGE ABOVE