Tuesday, October 16, 2007

"Why is it that the promise of eternal salvation alone no longer seems to have as much power to attract men to Christ? Why is modern man more interested in how the Gospel can help him in this present life? First, it is because preachers are no longer preaching about the certainty of judgment and the dangers of hell. When these things are preached biblically and clearly, men begin to see that their greatest need is to be saved from eternal condemnation, and the 'more practical' needs of this present age become trivial in comparison. Secondly, we must understand that the great majority of men, on the street and in the pew, are carnal, and carnally minded men cherish this world above the next. They have little interest in the things of God and eternity. Most would sooner attend a conference on self-esteem and self-improvement than listen to one sermon on sanctification, without which no one will see the Lord.

Although its true that the Gospel can and often does improve one's station and condition in life, as stewards of the Gospel, we must shun the temptation to attract hearers and congregants with any promise or prop other than Jesus Christ and eternal life. Although it would be beyond radical in this modern age of evangelism, we would do well to cry out to the masses, 'Jesus Christ, promises you two things: an eternal salvation in which to hope and a cross on which to die. The Spirit and the bride say, 'Come'."
-Paul Washer

3 comments:

Chaos said...

according to your logic then, wouldn't it make sense that when a sinner accepts Christ as his Savior, that God then just transforms the new believer into heaven at that time???
You may argue that we are too spread the gospel, and I would argue well that is what pastors, teachers, prophets, evangelists, and apostles are for... they can just get everyone saved and the new believers can just go on into heaven!
My point is that there has to be more to our salvation then the destination to heaven or the fear of our destination to hell.

Philip said...

Paul wasn't being exhaustive in his reasons for coming to Christ (in case you have not heard his preaching). One of the prime reasons is that God may be glorified and His name may be great among the nations because of his mercy towards sinners.

Psalm 67:1-3
1 May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face shine upon us, Selah
2 that your ways may be known on earth, your salvation among all nations.
3 May the peoples praise you, O God; may all the peoples praise you.

Big Al said...

"Secondly, we must understand that the great majority of men, on the street and in the pew, are carnal, and carnally minded men cherish this world above the next. They have little interest in the things of God and eternity. Most would sooner attend a conference on self-esteem and self-improvement than listen to one sermon on sanctification, without which no one will see the Lord."

The great majority of men are dead in trespasses and sins. They have absolutely no interest whatsover in the things of God and eternity.
Dead men care nothing for sanctification. This comes after the new birth. Dead men don't want to see The Lord.