Preaching Christ in a Post-Christian Society

Neil Girrard

Scriptures Referenced in This Article:
          (Follow the Scripture links if you want to study the Scriptures for yourself.)
Mt. 24:10 π Lk. 14:23-24 π Jn. 10:27 π Jn. 13:34 π Acts 13:45-46 π 1 Cor. 1:18 π 1 Cor. 5:11 π 2 Cor. 6:17-18 π 2 Ths. 2:3 π 2 Tim. 4:3-4 π Heb. 5:13-14 π Jas. 5:5 π 1 Jn. 2:27

There may befall the preacher of the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ no harder task than to preach His name, His truth, His story to a people who have already heard "all that," digested "all that," done "all that," rejected "all that." The man who sits quietly at the feet of Christ, hearing the profound depths of the Savior's heart for fallen mankind, who then goes out to share what he has heard with others is most often met with a deafening yawn of indifference and silence.

If this were the response of the world, it would be one thing. But this is the response of the vast majority of those who claim to be Christ's friends and children and followers. The reasons for this indifference are many:

This is the treatment the words of Christ receive in the house of His "friends."

At one point in Paul's preaching, "the Jews...contradicting and blaspheming, they opposed the things spoken by Paul. Then Paul and Barnabas grew bold and said,

'It was necessary that the word of God should be spoken to you first; but since you reject it, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, behold, we turn to the Gentiles.'" ( Acts 13:45-46; top )

A similar time has come for many true preachers of God's word. Like the synagogues of Paul's day, the "churches" with their "pastors" in the pulpit stand in between the people and the true words of the Lord. For too long too many souls and spirits trapped in the pews have hungered for the power and liberty of the Spirit of Christ. Many have abandoned the "church" and sought the Lord not knowing where they were going nor what they would find when they got there - many have abandoned the "God" of the "church" as they recognized what an abomination such a "God" must be but these have failed to recognize that the living and true Most High God is not the same as the "God" of the "church."

The call to "come out" from the midst of the Christian idolaters (see 2 Cor. 6:17-18 , 1 Cor. 5:11 ) is another word of the Lord that will be met with a deafening yawn from the "church"-ites. But to those who have heard the word of the Lord and trembled at what it must mean, this writing will simply be a confirmation that the apostasy, the great falling away from the faith which occurs before Christ's return ( 2 Ths. 2:3 , Mt. 24:10; top ) is upon us and is happening inside the "church" buildings and denominations. To those who have heard this word, the Lord says it is time to be bold, to turn one's back on the "church" (including all those who linger inside its doors) and look instead to minister to the orphans, the widows, the least of Christ's brothers, the hundredth sheep, the poor, the lame, the crippled, the blind, the lepers, the outcasts of society, the downtrodden and the brokenhearted. In a word, return to His first love - the broken pieces of humanity the "great ones" of this earth are too busy to notice and too important to care. Many of these "leasts" are about to die horrible, terrible deaths as the great machinations of men and demons collide on the stage of world events.

On the day of judgment, let us not find out that in the face of these last cataclysmic events we "have lived on the earth in pleasure and luxury and have fattened our hearts as in a day of slaughter." ( Jas. 5:5 ) Just because it has grown dark outside does not mean it is time for us all to gather inside our little boxes and feast luxuriously - rather it means that we should be all the more diligent to scour the highways and byways for those ones and twos who actually will come in and partake of the eternal feast of our great Master and King, the Lord Jesus Christ. ( Lk. 14:23-24; top )

Let he who has ears hear.

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