Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Some preachers soften the message in fear they will offend their our audience

Are You a True Shepherd?

     Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. --2 Timothy 1:6-7
     It is doubtful whether we can be Christian in anything unless we are Christian in everything. To obey Christ in one or two or ten instances and then in fear of consequences to back away and refuse to obey in another is to cloud our life with the suspicion that we are only fair-weather followers and not true believers at all. To obey when it costs us nothing and refuse when the results are costly is to convict ourselves of moral trifling and gross insincerity....

     Again, the pastor when facing his congregation on Sunday morning, dare not think of the effect his sermon may have on his job, his salary or his future relation to the church. Let him but worry about tomorrow and he becomes a hireling and no true shepherd of the sheep.

     No man is a good preacher who is not willing to lay his future on the line every time he expounds the Word. He must let his job and his reputation ride on each and every sermon or he has no right to think that he stands in the prophetic tradition. The Size of the Soul, 146-147 by A.W. Tozer


Anonymous said...

Thanks for your delightful and inspiring blog. The thoughts of A. W. Tozer are especially meaningful to me because many years ago I was a student at a Christian college in the Chicago area and he would at times be the chapel speaker. What a wonderful man of God he was. Thanks for sharing his words and thanks again for your impressive blog. Lord bless. Jon

Tim B said...

That says it all! I hope EVERYONE reads that because we ALL ought to be living that way! Pastors can't be shaped by the watered down gospel that's preached on TV! Is Hell still mentioned in the Bible? I got saved to escape Hell NOT because I loved Jesus. I'm motivated by that love NOW!