Paul’s admonition to “work out your own salvation with fear and trembling” (Phil. 2:12) is a seldom expounded, and unpopular, text. By the way, it does not say to work out your salvation with “Fun and Calmness”—but with Fear and Trembling.
The average sermon is all about COMFORT, and nothing about CONVICTION. A stern Jehovah has been replaced by a gentle Jesus who neither makes demands, nor commands obedience. In fact the prevailing silence about the holiness of God has led to a predictable softness toward sin. Preaching about Hell or judgment is virtually unheard of, with a few exceptions. CORPORATE REPENTANCE is the crying need in American Christianity. We hear many calling for prayer, but when did you last hear a call for churches to repent? The need is universal in both left-wing and right-wing circles.
How can modern churches be the “moral conscience” of society when they refuse to deal with moral sin within their membership? The dishonor that has been perpetrated against God’s honor and holiness is disgraceful. I’m tired of hearing about “praying for revival” by leaders who won’t lift a finger to call out sin in their Camp, or obey the BLACK AND WHITE mandates issued to under-shepherds.
Paralytic spirituality, lack of conviction, absence of conversions, and comatose or Pollyanna-ish church services are the results of an imbalanced ministry that has eliminated Godly fear. As you would expect, a sentimental Christ portrayed by feminized preachers has created an impotent church. It makes no difference whether it’s the skinny jeans crowd, or a vintage Shepherd donning a hand-painted tie—it is rare to sit under preaching that brings eternity to bear upon time.
By the way, God has other attributes besides love. Fear and trembling may be out of vogue, but there will be no recovery from apostasy and frozen-orthodoxy without it.