Enough with the Smooth Sermons!
Isaiah 30:9-10 ...'That this is a rebellious people, lying children, children that will not hear the law of the Lord: Which say to the seers, see not; and to the prophets, prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits.'
Too many of our leaders and churches are preaching smooth messages today. Messages about the love of Jesus Christ, without the conviction of sin. I have been amazed at the last couple of preachers I have had to listen to in church. Yes, they have done a wonderful job of telling about the 'love' of God and His great mercy towards us. But have abandoned the Bible truth concerning victory over sin. Not only have they shied away from preaching the Bible truth about turning away from sin. They have actually changed the clear words Jesus spoke ... 'GO AND SIN NO MORE' ... to 'go and live a different life'. Which produces no conviction of sin and appeals to the majority of people these days.
Many preachers are now saying we cannot get the victory over sin and we will continue to sin until Jesus returns. This is a lie from the devil friends!
Preachers today: "Jesus loves everyone and we should love the world like Jesus did. Love, love, love!
Full Bible truth: "Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour. But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks. For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God." (Ephesians 5:1-5)
Many people are at ease today, thinking they need not gain the victory over the sin in their lives. They believe they need not make any effort in the cause of God's kingdom. They sit down in calm expectation, thinking that God will protect them in the last days.
"But God will not save us if we make no effort to do the work he has committed to our charge. We must be found faithfully at our posts, watching as valiant soldiers, lest Satan shall gain an advantage which it is our duty to prevent. We should diligently study the Word of God, and pray in faith that God will restrain the powers of darkness; for as yet the message has gone to comparatively few, and the world is to be lightened with its glory. The present truth regarding the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus has not yet been sounded as it must be. There are many almost within the shadow of our own doors for whose salvation no personal effort has been made." (E.White, Review and Herald, March 9, 1911)
All the churches of Babylon preach about the 'love' of God, without the conviction of sin, because Satan has deceived the leaders into accepting a false gospel. They reject the 'everlasting gospel' which is found all throughout the scriptures, which God's remnant church is supposed to preach to the world according to Revelation 14:6.
So why are the majority of God's professed remnant churches also preaching the same 'smooth' messages as the churches of Babylon? Enough. This must stop!
Is the Bible not clear in the message it gives that we are to turn away from all sin? Is the spirit of prophecy also not clear that we are to 'perfect' our characters through the indwelling of Jesus Christ ready for the last days? Well, let's confirm the truth.
1 Peter 2:21-22 ...'For even hereunto ye were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow His steps, WHO DID NO SIN, neither was guile found in His mouth.'
1 John 2:3-4 ...'And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.'
John 5:14 ...'Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him, Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee.'
John 8:10-11 ...'When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee? She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.'
So many people love to hold onto the words that Jesus spoke to the woman caught in adultery ..."neither do I condemn thee." ... Which reveals the love and mercy of God. But they ignore the clear instruction Jesus also attached to that statement ..."SIN NO MORE." ... You see, if the woman went away and continued living a life of sin, then the grace of God would no longer cover her. She would be lost in her sins. But the grace of God would still cover her if she went away and turned away from sin and lived a life following Jesus. This is why Jesus told her ... and the man ... to sin no more.
Romans 8:1-2 ...'There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are IN Christ Jesus, who walk NOT after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.'
Do you see? There is no condemnation for those who do not continue in sin.
Did Jesus say anything that would even suggest we would continue living in sin as Christians? No. Did the apostles say anything that would even suggest we would continue living in sin as Christians? No. In fact, they clearly taught condemnation for those who do continue living in sin. Look ...
Hebrews 10:26-27 ...'For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, but a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.'
2 Peter 2:12-15 ...'But these, as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of the things that they understand not; and shall utterly perish in their own corruption; And shall receive the reward of unrighteousness, as they that count it pleasure to riot in the day time. Spots they are and blemishes, sporting themselves with their own deceivings while they feast with you; Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin ... Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness.'
Look at 2 Peter 2 above. Did you know that the whole Bible only mentions those words .. CANNOT CEASE FROM SIN .. only once, in 2 Peter 2? And did you know it is talking about the wicked? It is the unrighteous, ungodly person that cannot cease from sin, not the Christian.