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Straight Preaching Part One

In Phil. 2:12-14 Paul speaks of Believers being in the "midst of a crooked and perverse nation" and his ministry of "Holding forth the Word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain."

In 2 Tim. 4:2-4, the Word of God instructs Preachers to "Preach the Word; be instand in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables." 2 Peter 2:1-22 should be read to see that the last days will be characterized by preachers saying what people want to hear, rather than what they need to hear. The major cause of perversion in Churches is standing behind the pulpit, Preachers that will not preach the truth with power and authority from the Holy Spirit. Many Churches are being filled with overflow crowds simply because the Preacher will not touch people where they live. Notice 2 Tim. 4:3 where "the time will come (is here) that they will not endure sound doctrine" and v4, "And they shall turn away their ears from the truth."

Whatever a Preacher will not preach against, he will fill his Church with. Sadly, many so-called Preachers are afraid to take a stand against ungodliness for fear of losing their position. For example, some Preachers are afraid to expose Masonry for fear of the Masons in the Church. A Preacher that will not take a Biblical stand for fear of people is a hireling. He chooses to offend God rather than men. The truth is, he cannot be trusted with truth. It is a sad day when in immoral adulterer or adulteress can sit comfortably in a Church and never be broken by the preaching. It is sad day when a lost person can sit in a Church for years and never be convicted and converted. It is a sad day when many Churches attempt to attract people on their terms rather than God's truth.

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