Thursday, August 21, 2008

what are your tears?

Genuine Conversion
If we labor for souls, we must not be content unless souls are really saved; for the apostle says, "For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God." Well, does not that satisfy you, Paul? They are zealous for God. They are red-hot. "No," says he, "not unless it is in the right way. They have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge." We feel very thankful when we see tears stream down the cheek; but, you know, people cry at the theater, and there is not much in it. Pray God it may not end in a shower of tears; but that the heart may bleed as well as the eyes weep. It may happen that we have induced our hearers to give up some outward sins. So far, so good. But it is written, "You must be born again;" and if this vital change is not experienced, all outward reformation will land them short of Heaven.
(from the book Spurgeon Gold)

Have you ever experienced this scene?
I sat in a church once where a pastor came and filled the pulpit. He spoke and had a "special" ability to produce tears. It was as though his tears could be turned on and off at a moments notice. It makes a person wonder if he had it "scripted" to cry at a certain point in his message.

Tears do not make or break a sermon. when the tears are genuine and heartfelt, it brings upon the congregation a feeling of compassion for the speaker. But when the tears are "manufactured" it looks so very fake.

Someone crying from the pulpit is no guarantee of sincerity towards God. It is the message that is preached that has everlasting value. Emotions that are generated in order to get people to come to the altar is a cheap way of "getting people saved!" That person has done absolutely no one any favors. In fact, they will have done great damage if their message does not convict anyone of their sins.

Holy is the Lord!
He is HOLY!
and we are so unworthy by our own efforts. We shoud be crying out to Him to save us. He will save us but first we need to repent of our sins and put our faith and trust in Jesus alone to save us! When you truly understand that you have been saved and snatched from the fire, you will cry out to Him! Save us Lord, Save us!


WayneDawg said...

Man......just preach the Gospel!

Preachers keep coming up with gimmicks to 'sell' folks into the Christian faith. Just open your Bibles Sirs!

Read it and preach it. God will do the rest!

Question of Identity said...

Tears are special and God given where they are genuine, but the real power of any sermon will come from bringing attention to God and his Word and not to the self.


pastorbrianculver said...

exactly right Neil,
too many pastors tend to promote "self" over Jesus and the cross! When a sermon is all about "me, me, me, me" and not about the cross, the cross, the cross, then the pastor has fallen in the ways of the world!