PREACHERS WHO LOVE THE SIN BUT HATE THE SINNER

There are preachers who drink to the point of drunkenness, but want nothing to do with evangelism. There are pastors addicted to porn who oppose soul winning. There are preachers cheating on their spouse, who at the same time, refuse to preach the Gospel.

Matthew Henry wrote this, concerning the Pharisees: “They were very strict in avoiding sinners, but not in avoiding sin; none greater zealots than they for the form of godliness, nor greater enemies to the power of it.”

“Hate the sin, but love the sinner,” is a popular quote. These ministers reverse it. They love the sin, but hate the sinner.

It is easy to be outraged by immoral pastors. But the sin of ‘loving sin and hating the sinner’ can be more subtle than booze, porn, or adultery—more subtle, but no less evil.

The Pharisees were not drunks, nor were they sexually immoral, yet, they were guilty of reversing their calling.  They loved power and popularity while disdaining the poor and the lost. They even attacked Christ for being around sinners.

The modern preachers who love adoring crowds and obscene wealth; the trendy pastor who deliberately takes the Bible out of context to advance a seductive message; the celebrity minister who is silent when interviewed by the secular media about hell, the Cross, sexual sin, and the need to repent: are all as guilty as Pharisees, and immoral ministers. They also ‘love the sin, but hate the sinner.’

Hating a sinner means you know your message won’t help them, but you preach it anyway. Hating the lost means you love other things more than seeing men and women delivered from the power of Satan.

Lost souls are going to hell, yet that never occurs to these modern preachers. Their obsession with numbers, prestige, and remaining acceptable by the outside world, has deafened them.

Modern preaching stopped being focused on winning souls, and not winning souls has done more damage than anything else to our nation. If America finally does degrade into a socialist dictatorship—under the wholly corrupt Democrat Party—it will be the fault of the pulpit.

Charles Finney said, “If there is a decay of conscience, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the public press lacks moral discrimination, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the church is degenerate and worldly, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the world loses its interest in religion, the pulpit is responsible for it. If Satan rules in our halls of legislation, the pulpit is responsible for it. If our politics become so corrupt that the very foundations of our government are ready to fall away, the pulpit is responsible for it. Let us not ignore this fact, my dear brethren; but let us lay it to heart, and be thoroughly awake to our responsibility in respect to the morals of this nation.”

How evil is it when the very ones who are called to save a nation, instead, advance her destruction because of their vanity? The rampant sin of corrupt preaching is the mastodon in the room. We don’t want to talk about it. It is breaking a taboo to expose it. But, it is a towering iniquity that must be rebuked and rebuked fervently!

Sermons that garner the highest adulation may have been born in the lowest hell. Voices that receive wild acceptance from the world can be Satan’s greatest tool.

The greatest attack on the Body of Christ will not come from without, but from within. Again, Matthew Henry wrote, “Seducers are more dangerous enemies to the church than persecutors.”

False ministers are a trophy of Satan. It only takes a few of them to do horrendous harm. On the other hand, a small number of truly consecrated men and women can do astounding good even at this hour.

The dividing and separating has begun. The coronavirus was the deadline. The Lord has waited patiently, but now He will judge false ministers. Watch, the correction will be swift and fierce.

The voice of God is calling the righteous core to His side. He means to equip them with nation-saving skills.

At the same time, carnal ministers are on social media, vainly trying to save their empire. Even now, they insist on preaching their hollow lies, as if nothing has happened to justify repentance.

But you, vessel of God: ignore them. You have fresh orders. God is seizing you and He is seizing the moment to build you into a mighty vessel of love, truth, and supernatural power. Here is your mandate from the Bible:  “But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay, some for honor and some for dishonor. Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from the latter, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work” (2 Timothy 2:20-21).

Cleanse yourself from the corrupt ‘Christianity incorporated’ that has bitterly failed America. Embrace robes of righteousness. Submit to the refiner’s fire, and you will come forth as gold.

Instead of using the degrading tactics of human marketing, we must take up the weapons of God!

“The weapons of our warfare are not physical [weapons of flesh and blood]. Our weapons are divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying sophisticated arguments and every exalted and proud thing that sets itself up against the [true] knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought and purpose captive to the obedience of Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:4-5).

That is the picture of a new breed of preacher. Gifts of miracles will tear down demonic strongholds. Words from the Holy Spirit will destroy the most sophisticated arguments against the Gospel of Christ. Messages will be preached. Souls will be saved. Disciples will be created. And America will be delivered. Hallelujah!

 

 

 

 

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They are atheists

The young man of God who stood before me was in deep turmoil. He had heard a horror story of a minister who lived in obscene wealth, had several mistresses, and who told anyone who criticized him that God would kill them if they exposed him or left his church.

The young man wanted comfort, but I had none to give. I had to break it to him that this is sickeningly common. The vileness that is currently going on behind closed doors is worse than ever in the past. I get reports every day of people in pulpits living in depraved indifference.

The conditions today exceed what we saw in the evangelist scandals of the 1980s, and even the kind of cultic activity we saw with Jim Jones because it is starting to happen on a wide scale. We are watching the rise of many voices who blatantly believe they can do anything they want, and no one has the right to criticize them.

The young man turned to me and shouted “that man is demonic.”  I replied, “Son, he is worse than demonic—he is an atheist.”

It is true: that crooked preacher—that immoral church leader—is an atheist. Nothing else explains it.

The fact is, they do what they do because they believe there is no God. If there is no God, then they can go on with their evil lifestyles. Remember: an atheist cannot find God, for the same reason a burglar cannot find a policeman. This is the key to understanding this wickedness in the pulpit. Look at these verses:

Romans 3:13 “Their throat is an open tomb; with their tongues they have practiced deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips; 14 their mouth is full of cursing and bitterness. 15 Their feet are swift to shed blood; 16 destruction and misery are in their ways; 17 and the way of peace they have not known. 18 There is no fear of God before their eyes.”

The list of crimes is stated from the bad to the worst. It begins with deceit; then they are called snakes; then, in their mouths are nothing but curses and bitterness; then it escalates to violence and murder; then they are capable of nothing but destruction and despair; and finally, all they know is war, and none of their ways are ways of peace. But their ultimate crime is: they do not fear God. They are atheists. 

Many Christian leaders are under the influence of a virus–the love of money. I call it affluenza. Affluenza is addiction to money and lifestyle. This materialism is not to be confused with true prosperity or the balanced teaching of the word of faith where you teach that you are blessed to be a blessing.  The Bible teaches that God will prosper His own.

I am talking about greed. This greed pushes a preacher to put out a message that makes them money. There are even preachers who preach stern messages, even gloom and doom just to make money. They are not yet atheists but they are moving in that direction.

I believe that most atheists are actually agnostics. They can boast all they want to that they don’t believe in God, but most of them realize—and, if pressed, they will reluctantly admit—they have no proof that God does not exist. It is impossible to prove that negative. 

Press them even further and you will find their rants are tied to a hurt they have experienced, either in church, or a tragedy that wounded them. Many atheists are simply agnostics who are mad at God. But if you are mad at someone, you are acknowledging that the object of your anger exists.

The true atheist is experiencing a mental lapse. Franklin Graham said, “The Bible tells us in several places that only the fool says that God does not exist. “The fool has said in his heart, ‘There is no God’” (Psalm 14:1). That Scripture is repeated verbatim in Psalm 53:1, and the same sentiment is expressed in numerous other biblical passages.”

Atheism removes the fear of the Lord. If there is even an iota of the suspicion that God does exist, it gives you pause before you do evil. But when that pause button is removed—and there is no longer any fear of God—you no longer fear what God will do about your evil.

That atheism is at the root of aggressive evil and arrogance is clearly seen in Psalm 73:8, “They scoff and speak wickedly concerning oppression; they speak loftily. 9 They set their mouth against the heavens, and their tongue walks arrogantly through the earth…11 and they say, “How does God know? Is there knowledge in the Most High?””

Here is the contradiction: an atheist looks at the sky and curses the God they say does not even exist, with total contempt. It is their final statement that is the heart of true atheism.  “Is there knowledge in the most High?” In other words, they are mocking God, saying, “This so called God of yours, doesn’t have a mind, and is devoid of knowledge.” This is simply saying, “No one is watching me.”

When that preacher seduces women, when they steal money from the sheep, when they live with no remorse over the glaring contradiction and hypocrisy of their lifestyles, it is because they believe there is no God. There is no fear of God before their eyes.

Entertainers like Bill Maher, theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, British professor Richard Dawkins, and others, have publicly promoted a brand of atheism that is openly hostile to Christians, but they are not they highest form of atheism.

True atheism has murdered millions in communist countries. True atheism is not a noble intellectual pragmatism. It is the ultimate foolishness. And, the ultimate version of this atheism is the false preacher.

The true atheist is evil enough to stand in a pulpit and claim they represent God—even as they live in total depravity. They steal money, saying, “No one is watching.”  They defile innocent people and say, “I have no Judge or Day of Reckoning.”

What is the end of the atheist pastor who has so shamed themselves as to be at risk of permanently losing the ability to feel conviction or to repent? Their end is an unutterable horror!

Psalm 73:18, Surely You set them in slippery places; You cast them down to destruction. 19 Oh, how they are brought to desolation, as in a moment! They are utterly consumed with terrors. 20 As a dream when one awakes, so, Lord, when You arise, You shall despise their outward appearance.”

Your destruction is like getting thrown out of a thirty story window. Special night terrors are reserved for you who pervert the ways of God. And to your utter horror, you will see the face of God. You will know the wrath of the Lamb.

“and they said to the mountains and to the rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the presence of Him who sits on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb.” (Revelation 6:16)