Preach Righteousness, Self-control, & The Judgement To Come

June 20, 2013

When we preach or teach or speak about what it means to put one’s faith in Christ Jesus, those cute stories, jokes, and feel-good messages that are often resorted to are not beneficial. Instead we should discourse “on righteousness, self-control, and the judgement to come.” (Acts 24:25a) This is what Paul did “as he spoke about faith in Christ Jesus” (v. 24), and his words had the effect the Gospel should have: It convicted the hearers so that the fear of God came on them. (v. 25b)

Are most church-goers being given the Truth about righteousness? –That we are to renounce sin and become slaves to God –which means slaves to obedience which leads to righteousness which leads to holiness which leads to eternal life? Because that is the Gospel. (Rom. 6:16-23)

Are most church-goers being given the Truth about self-control? –That we are to renounce childish, self-focused thoughts and behaviors, and learn to control our emotions by the power of the Spirit so that we develop a zero-tolerance to anything of the sinful nature (including rage, melt-downs, lying, malicious talk, doubt, and timidity)? Because that is the Gospel. (1 Cor. 13:11 // Gal. 5:24,25 // 2 Tim. 1:7 // Titus 2:11-14 // 1 John 2:6)

And are most church-goers being taught about the judgement to come? Oh, some are going through a study on Revelation, but often that is not personal enough. Many times while I’m out evangelizing, exhorting people to turn from sin and escape Hell, people will bring up the coming tribulation. I always try to steer the issue back to one’s personal sins and the gravity of the moment, reminding them that they could die and face judgement tomorrow. For “man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgement.” (Heb. 9:27) Are the church-goers being taught that everyone will stand before the Judge to be judged (Rom. 3:19) on their every deed (Matt. 3:7-10 // John 5:29 // 2 Cor. 5:10 // Rev. 20:11-15), word (Matt. 12:36,37), thought (Jer. 11:20 & 17:10), and motive (1 Cor. 4:5), that it will all be laid bare before Him (Heb. 4:13), and that all sinfulness not renounced and forsaken will not be forgiven by God? (Heb. 10:26,27) Do they realize that their neglect of striving to know God and His Word is contempt toward God and a ticket to Hell? (Num. 14:23 // 2 Thes. 1:8,9) Are they being informed of these things and shown it in the Word? (See above, plus more, like Ec. 12:14, Rom. 2:16, and Heb. 2:1-3.) Or are they being told that Christ’s righteousness is imputed to all believers regardless of their impulses to continue sinning?

The fleeting pleasure of getting one’s ears tickled with the soft, counterfeit gospel is not going to save anyone. It is only the true Gospel that saves. For the true Gospel has power –the power of the Spirit, the power of the words and message of God, and the power of the Truth of what God has done and what He requires of humans. It has the power to convict and make men tremble before God. And it has the power to wash through wicked hearts, cleanse them, and transform lives, forever shielding them from the darkness and filth as they walk victorious in the Kingdom of Light.

Therefore, let all who speak about the faith which is in Christ Jesus, discourse on righteousness, self-control, and the judgement to come.

with love,

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