There are two types of preaching: 1. Preaching that “whitewashes sin” by failing to call it out in plain terms. 2. Preaching that “washes sin white” by unmasking its deceitfulness and proclaiming Christ’s blood as its cure.
Prophets were emergency men who spoke the heart of God into the people of God. In scripture, "prophesy" has two meanings: fore-telling the future, and forth-telling (speaking) into the present. Scripture states clearly, "Despise not prophesyings" (1 Thes. 5:20).
Prior to the Fall, Adam and Eve were unconscious of their nakedness. They had an intense awareness that they were "clothed" with the approval of God, and nothing else mattered. Sin "stripped" their sense of acceptance leaving them only with shame, guilt, and fear. So what did they do?
The "no-holiness-now" advocates, be they Puritanical or antinomian, are united in the belief that holiness on earth is not for today. (Antinomian—the view that Christians are released by grace from the obligation of observing the moral law)
We live in a time when the worst of sins are present in the best of churches. Our culture, now in moral free fall, is reflected by improprieties commonplace in congregations. The Roman Catholic Church has reportedly paid out millions because of abuses inflicted by scores of pervert priests. The cover-up reached into the highest echelons of Babylon. Ray Boltz, well-known Christian singer, recently
We have lived to see the day when the people who spend millions to save two stranded whales will eagerly spend hundreds of millions to kill unborn human beings. How did we get to the place we are today? The book of Romans shedsgreat light on current conditions; the first chapter is most relevant in comprehending present-day atrocities. Humanizing God In the beginning God made man in His image, and