You come here every week but your lives are never changed.
“That’s because you don’t preach the Gospel!”
This week’s sermon, for 9/11 I might add, was about worship. But, the pastor never mentioned any reason why we should worship. Yes, our hearts are inclined, in their natural state, to worship something. Unfortunately, in our unregenerate state we will choose whatever appeals to us most to worship.
The human mind is, so to speak, a perpetual forge of idols. – John Calvin
And, no one says to themselves, “I think I’ll worship Jesus!” (Romans 3:10) For, they don’t know of their reason to worship Him. Instead, their natural state is to hate Him, even to deny His existance. (Romans 1:29-30, 1:18-20)
Yes, we most assuredly should worship Jesus. But, without the life giving message of the Gospel there is no reason for us to know why we should worship Him, or even to truly believe that we should. (Romans 10:14)
The pastor’s sermon was all about work. The commands to worship Jesus, to call out to our Creator, to love Him, and to love one another. He even added to attend the discipleship based Sunday schools. Along with this was a lot about 9/11 and forgiveness. But, again, no explanation as to why we should forgive, just that we are commanded to. Maybe, just maybe, if I had been told that in Christ all of my sins are forgiven, if I repent and believe on Him (Romans 10:9), then I might think there was a reason to forgive those who have hurt me (or my nation, which is another sore spot…).
Pastor, preach the Gospel. Without it you are putting more burden on a congregation that has no capability of doing what you are asking of them. Dead men don’t worship Christ, only those who have responded to the preaching of the Gospel by the regeneration of the Holy Spirit are capable of worship in spirit and in truth. If you aren’t preaching the Gospel hundreds will remain dead in their sin, and no “lives will be changed.”
The pastor got a standing ovation today. My thoughts are that it was due to him spending half of the sermon talking about 9/11. But, to me at least, the sermon deserved a recall and apology rather than applause. I was so disgusted that I couldn’t even say “Amen” to the prayer he ended it with. The sermon was defective pastor, take it back.
How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? – Romans 10:14
I alluded to a few passages above. Should I link to those, or not?