October 2, 2012 by Cole Ryan
“If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth. But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.” 1 John 1:8-9
The church dosen’t need anymore feel good, comfortable messages. If you are brought to Christ through a sermon that made you feel good about yourself – you were never really saved because you never really thought that you needed saving. Pastors should begin to preach more on sin. Why? So that people will seek Jesus knowing that they need saving and that Jesus is their savior. If you don’t think you need saving than what is the point of Jesus? The cross has no meaning if not for sin. The church needs to start preaching on sin, and judgment, and brokenness again – because right now people are coming to Jesus thinking they’re fine when in reality they just desperately need Him. Churches try to make everyone feel good for the sake of filling seats, making money, and bringing people to a fake salvation. If your pastor doesn’t preach about sin because he is concerned he might offend someone, than he cares more about attendance and his own image than he does about telling the truth. We need to know that we’re broken so that we will repent and look to Jesus for help. It isn’t fear mongering, it is the truth. We are filthy, broken, dirty rags because of sin (Isaiah 64:6). We deserve hell because of sin. We need a savior because of sin. Sin needs to be taught.
“…many young Christians—a passionate faith, a focus on Jesus, a love for grace, and a hatred for anything phony or self-righteous. The weaknesses of my generation (and younger)—not enough talk of repentance and sanctification, a tendency to underestimate the importance of obedience in the Christian life, a one-dimensional view of grace, little awareness that our heavenly Father might ever discipline his children or be grieved by their continued transgression, and a penchant for sloganeering instead of careful nuance.” Kevin DeYoung
If you think lightly of sin you’ll think lightly of the Savior.