WALKING IN THE OLD PATHS
Change is inevitable. Things change in the medical field. Advances in medicine have contributed to man’s longevity. Things change in the educational world. Man now has access to more knowledge than any previous generation. Things change in scientific technology. Transportation and communication have changed significantly in the last few years.
In many instances, we must be willing to give way to change. It is foolish for a man to reject modern means of transportation and insist on walking. It is folly to reject modern advances in medicine and insist on some antiquated remedy.
However, when it comes to the salvation of the soul, we need to stand in the old paths. The winds of change are now blowing. Dangerous trends are adrift. It is time to sound the alarm lest we be engulfed in the boisterous waves of modernism and liberalism.
WE NEED TO WALK IN THE OLD PATHS WHEN IT COMES TO PREACHING
It is time to get alarmed when preachers stop preaching the Bible. Brother Gus Nichols used to tell preachers, “We need to let God do most of the talking in our sermons.” We need real Bible preaching today. The world doesn’t need pretty platitudes nor soft, soothing sermons. It needs the gospel of Christ.
Preaching the gospel is a sacred trust. “I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine.” (2 Timothy 4:1-2) “A charge to keep have I. A God to glorify. A never dying soul to save and fit it for the sky.”
“Give us positive preaching,” cries some cheerleader from the sideline. What is “positive preaching”? If you mean the “don’t criticize, condemn, and complain” philosophy, then it appears that the duty of the preacher has been overlooked. There is a place for building positives attitudes. The world is too negative already. But a positive attitude cannot be built until the soul has been purged of sin. A surgeon must cut before he can heal. So it is with preaching.
The crying need of the Lord’s church is for preachers who will “preach the word.” We will address this over the next few weeks in these blog posts.
May the Lord bless you and keep you!
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