WATCH The clip to use when someone is just rambling along making absolutely no sense whatsoever.
You can use it when you listen to Rick Warren ramble on about how to be saved! He sidesteps the issue when confronted about Jesus being the only way.
You can use it when you listen to Joel Osteen ramble on about how to be saved! He sidesteps the issue when confronted about Jesus being the only way.
You can use it when you listen to Bill Hybels talk about his church and what it takes to be saved. They have just recently realized that their way of doing church has been wrong all these years!
You can use it when you listen to your own pastor start telling jokes in church instead of preaching God's Word. When he tells stories of his life instead of telling you that you need to repent of your sins. When he only wants you to "feel good" about yourself, instead of showing you that you are exceedingly sinful in God's eyes. Use it when he is wasting your time by not being an expositor of the Scriptures.
When truth is not preached, mercy isn't understood, and the world therefore lacks the knowledge of God. The result is an idolatrous perception of God. The world isn't offended when the church preaches that God loves them, but when the truths of Judgment Day, God's Law, Sin, Hell and Righteousness are preached, those who do not know the Lord become offended. The direct result of failing to preach His truth is: lawlessness, transgression of the moral law, such as swearing, flipping people off, lying, killing, hatred, murder, stealing and committing adultery (not just physically but with lust in our heart). Following lawlessness is judgment upon the land -- droughts, famine, etc.
Charles Spurgeon said, "No sort of defense is needed for preaching out of doors; but it would need very potent arguments to prove that a man had done his duty who has never preached beyond the walls of his meeting place."
What kind of argument does your pastor make for not doing this??
Does your pastor complain that they took the Ten Commandments out of the court house? And he does not preach the Ten Commandments in church?!
Does your pastor complain that prayers should be allowed in schools? And yet, he does not preach the Lord's prayer and what it means?!
Does your pastor say that "you" need to follow Jesus? And yet, he follows Him in name only? lacking obedience, repentance, evangelism, etc.
Does your pastor always have a joke to tell in church? And yet, he condemns those people who refuse to follow Jesus? even though, he takes away the convicting power of Scripture by making light of it with his jokes! if he wants to be a stand-up comedian, have him sign-on with The Improv and get him out from behind the pulpit.
Do you wear a christian cross around your neck? Do you have christian bumper stickers on your car? Do you have a Bible laying out on your table for the world to see? and yet, you use language that is not pleasing to God; you flip people off who drive past you; you get offended when the Word of God is spoken; you have no true understanding of "why" you are a Christian and are unable to tell others why; you sit in church and you look down your nose at others. In other words, you want to show the world that you are a Christian and yet, you are not being obedient to His Word. You have no desire to reach the lost. You have no desire to repent of your sins. You are a false convert and will be the one that will say on that final day, "Lord, Lord, and Jesus will say to you, depart from me you worker of iniquity, I never knew you!"
I pray that you will follow Jesus with a true desire to put all of your faith and all of your trust in Him. Repent of your sins and be obedient to His Word.