Summary: IT IS A WONDER ANYONE WOULD GO TO CHURCH IF THEY WATCH THE PEOPLE? CHURCH IS NOT ABOUT THE PEOPLE IT IS ABOUT THE GOD OF THE PEOPLE!
I CAN’T GO TO CHURCH!
Wade Martin Hughes, Sr. Kyfingers@aol.com
IT IS A WONDER ANYONE WOULD GO TO CHURCH IF THEY WATCH THE PEOPLE? CHURCH IS NOT ABOUT THE PEOPLE IT IS ABOUT THE GOD OF THE PEOPLE!
Romans 2:1 Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou
that judgest doest the same things.
I. I CAN’T GO TO CHURCH, THE PREACHER DOES NOT DO
AS I EXPECT!
A. Many Bible preachers had to do some bold and innovative things during their ministry. People have disagreed with the preacher, his message, and his method.
B. Miriam and Aaron judged their preacher brother and their sister- in -law.
They were right in their own eyes, thus they were right?
Numbers 12 God says, they were wrong! More than that, they will pay.
Numbers 12:14 And the Lord said unto Moses, If her father had but spit in her face, should she not be ashamed seven days? let her be shut out from the
camp seven days, and after that let her be received in again. 15 And Miriam was shut out from the camp seven days: and the people journeyed not till Miriam was brought in again.
C. Whether they cooked over dung, or were known as a weeping preacher they had a hard road to walk. Some looked great danger in the face and the ENEMY OF THE MESSAGE tried to cause great fear for their life.
D. One king did not like the message or the messengers and had over half the known preachers killed in one day.
E. The preachers often looked at the powers to be and had to warn them.
F.The queen said the preacher will be dead before the sun goes down?
The preacher said, HONEY, THE DOGS ARE GOING TO LICK YOUR BLOOD OFF THE GROUND.
G. John the Baptist stood against adultery and angered the powers to be and they buried his body without a head.
II. WE DEMAND SMOOTH WORDS, AND EASY MESSAGES.
Isaiah 30:10 Which say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits:
NAMAAN ALMOST MISSED HIS HEALING BECAUSE THE PREACHER
DID NOT DO AS HE EXPECTED!
A .If the message is not popular, often the messenger will not be. There seems a cry, PREACH IT EASY!
B. Preach smooth things, short and to the point --- make us feel good!
C. Preachers tend to want to please people.
We fear numbers and budget cuts, and our society demands tolerance.
D. I heard recently where a preacher made a promise to the people if they would come to the service --- the service would be no longer than 45 minutes from start to finish.
Come to find out the crowds never increased, the compromise and lack of attendance was not because of the time or it was not about the length of the service, that was an excuse.
E. The problem was unfaithfulness.
III. IF THE PEOPLE ARE UNFAITHFUL LET’S JUST CALL OFF CHURCH? TODAY MANY THINK THE LORD’S DAY IS FAMILY DAY OR RECREATIONAL DAY, A DAY OF REST.
Exodus 20:8 Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.
A. Have you ever heard the drug people’s call, let’s just legalize drugs, and we won’t have our prisons full of dope dealers?