The message of the Bible is the message of Jesus Christ and Him Crucified.  All of the Old Testament types and shadows point to Christ and Him Crucified. The New Testament brings the reality of what the O.T. foresaw.

It seems however, that much of the modern church little recognizes this all important truth. Todays seeker-sensitive pulpiteer looks much more like an Amway salesman or motivational guru than any of the prophets of old.  I am so sick and tired of hearing preachers that are supposed to be representing God, pressuring and conning people with cheap gimmicks to get money. I am disgusted at the so-called new breed of prophets that never mention sin or the Cross.

I am upset with preachers who ignore the poor and the needy, but buy themselves another jet airplane. I am upset with those preachers who prey on the lonely old people who trust them. Shame on this modern crowd of preachers…..

On any given Sunday, you can hear an excellent little talk on “how to improve thyself” but precious little Gospel truth about the real need of mankind, which simply stated is that our sins have separated us from our God and the only remedy is for each of us to be washed in the Blood of Jesus Christ.

The Apostle Paul said in 1 Cor.1: 17-18  ” For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the Gospel; not with wisdom of words, lest the Cross of Christ should be made of none effect. For the preaching of the Cross is to them who perish foolishness: but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.”

We, as preachers, are not called to give cute little self-help talks and teach people how to pamper “self”. Jesus said that self was to be crucified. Look at Galatians 5:24- ” And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.”  The word affections can also be translated ” passions”.

As ministers of God, we are called to declare the fact that men are sinners and God loves them and has provided a way for all to be saved, at least all who come God’s way. And that way is Jesus Christ and Him Crucified.  To preach anything else is to violate the sacred trust of the call.

So, preacher friend of mine, let us join together in calling our fellow laborers back to the Cross of Christ.  Let us plead with men and women, boys and girls, to repent of their sins and run into the open arms of the savior today!

The finished work of Jesus Christ upon the Cross is our only hope!

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