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Topic: Treason -- Speaker: James White

Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evil people and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work. I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.
(2Ti 3:12-4:5, ESV)

The ministry is a high calling, but beware of those who falsely claim to be an ambassador, or of those who abuse that position. The ambassador doesn’t have the authority to change the message on the fly because it isn’t his authority from himself. He represents the king, but isn’t the king himself. He has an obligation to deliver the message, and deliver it accurately. He knows that his life may be in danger simply for delivering it, and certainly this is a motivation for changing it. Men desire to be accepted by other men. It’s much easier to affirm everyone and include everyone – but even these are just buzzwords that have little meaning beyond “whatever we’re doing is okay.” This is simply man’s rationalization to preach an inferior Gospel.

There are many folks in the pews of our churches even who want to play the game of religion, but don’t want to be reminded of their own pet sins. The temptation is there to heed these individuals – especially when they are members with clout, either socially or financially. Offending them can take away both members and cripple programs should their support fail. These possibilities inevitably pass through the mind of the messenger in the pulpit. But if that messenger preaches the whole Word, they’ll eventually get to those sins, and potentially offend everyone.

Please recognize that the message delivered from the pulpit will be delivered in the very presence of God. If we think ourselves so wise as to edit it, then we set ourselves in a position that we know better how to proclaim it than the God who charged us with its faithful proclamation. No, rather, it’s changed because of the fear of man, and not of God. Why do we fear the creatures more than the Creator, unless of course we do not believe we are actually in the presence of God. Be convinced of His nearness. If God doesn’t meet with His people, then all we do in worship is empty. If God is so humanized, familiarized, and buddy-ized, to the exclusion of everything else, one thing we neglect to realize about God is his holiness, and no concern for God’s holiness. Certainly, reproving someone isn’t fun, but if you have been around someone long enough, their sins will surface, but it is much easier to gloss over these sins and get them to like you.

God hasn’t called anyone to preach one quarter of the Gospel. It’s like a parent dealing with a teenager: “Clean up the backyard, take out the trash, vacuum the floor, and we’ll go out to dinner.” All the teenager hears is, “dinner.” Is that what the parent said? Or, if told to give the message to their younger sibling, and tell them to take out the garbage only, did they do their job? No, it’s disobedience against the parent; likewise when dealing with Scripture, it’s disobedience against God, and God is not honored.

If you’ve never felt uncomfortable in church, you might never have even been to church, or at least one that doesn’t preach the whole counsel. Any kind of acceptance that leaves the sinner on the path to Hell, then at best it’s a band-aid on a severed jugular. “Stay where you are and add Jesus to your life” is not the Gospel at all. Men everywhere are commanded to *repent* and believe.

I pray these notes are of service to the readers,

Amen ,Dr.White. You hit the nail right on the head . Coming under conviction of sin is a painful but needed thing . But in todays kool-aid preaching that really happens.
Keep up the good work Sean. Another Canadian truly appreciates what your doing.

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