Wednesday, March 25, 2009
One of the missing notes in the preaching of today is Bible repentance. The Bible plainly says, ''Without shedding of blood is no remission'' of sin [HEBREWS 9;22]. Then Christ said, before He returned to Heaven ''that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem'' [LUKE 24;47]. Blood redemption in Christ means nothing to a person, until he or she, first repents. Repentance and faith are the means of grace for entrance into the blessings of the atonement, or, blood redemption in Christ. Now, it is one thing to preach repentance; it's another thing to see the Holy Spirit work repentance in a sinner's heart, until he or she, finds himself, or herself, at the feet of a crucified, buried, risen Lord as a lost sinner crying for mercy. It is one thing to preach Holy Spirit conviction; it is another to see Holy Spirit conviction fall upon the sinner's hheart, stripping him or her of all self-righteous rags and bringing him or her, naked before a Sovereign God, Who can save, or damn, and then,see that sinner cry for mercy until God moves to forgive him or her, and clothe him or her with His righteousness. In today's spiritual dearth, seldom do we see such results of Holy Spirit conviction under our present-day preaching, but when it occurs, it is so new and amazing, that folks at first, won't accept it. Such Holy Spirit conviction, which so strips a sinner until the world loses all attraction to that person, and he is so awakened to his lost, condemned condition before God, and becomes so concerned about the salvation of his soul in Christ that he cannot rest--preaching that results in such conviction is called by our present- day ministry, unwholesome, embarassing and disturbing. THE AVERAGE PREACHER TODAY HAS NO MESSAGE FOR THE SOULS OF MEN. Their messages center around a program, a little moral sermonette.