Monday, July 09, 2012

Without Wrath, Grace Means Less?

I ran across a good quote dealing with the parable of the sower. It was from a blog, but I don't know which one, so I can't give credit where it is due.  It is basically dealing with the importance of rightly preaching the Word of God. That is where the power is. Our pastor was just talking about this: Opinions fade, the Word does not.

Matt 13:18, 20-21 “Listen then to what the parable of the sower means: 20 The one who received the seed that fell on rocky places is the man who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. 21 But since he has no root, he lasts only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, he quickly falls away. 

Here's the quote: "If this is sometimes the case with those who hear the true Word of the Kingdom, properly proclaimed, how plainly this exposes the dangers of our modern watered-down presentations of man's sinful state.

Rather than risk offending people by telling them of the wrath of a holy and just God toward sinners, we instead talk of having "made mistakes" and "messed up our lives". 

Instead of warning of the coming judgement, we tell people that God loves them, omitting any mention of His holiness and justice. Rather than call sinners to repent, we entice them with the offer of a better, more abundant life."

No comments: