One of the common arguments against the Bible Believing Christians is why do we always preach ‘negative or hate messages’ like hell or sin. Some people will ask is it necessary to preach on “hell” or to preach on “sin” but they don’t know much Bible if they believe that.
Some pastors at other churches claim that their ministry focuses more on words of encouragement and motivation. Nonetheless, the Bible has clearly mentioned that Bible Believing Pastors ought to be held accountable and must preach everything from the Bible, rather than being selective.
1 Timothy 5:20 Them that sin rebuke before all, that others also may fear.
We cannot preach against the word of God, if someone has sinned against God; it is not just a Pastor’s duty, but Christians’ duty as well to rebuke and correct them.
2 Timothy 4:2-4 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
Sins should be not condoned, such as liberalism and homosexuality. When a Pastor preaches at a Church, he should be straight forward with his message as retrieved directly from the Bible. This should absolutely not be confused with nitpicking or criticizing Church members, as a Pastor’s job is to preach the whole counsel of God.
A lot of fundamental and Baptist Churches nowadays have fallen prey into the Neo-Evangelical Church movement, and adapted to its perverted ways and methods of worshiping God. Most Christians have been brainwashed with positive messages, and hence only believe in fables now, but nothing else. Doctrine is the big issue in all these churches, they are not grounded in doctrine. You would be surprised how much some of the deep doctrine could help you later on in life. It is a lust issue, people want church and preaching to meet their own needs. People concentrate of devotionals and rock music so that they can please the “itching ears” of the modern world.
One important key factor of being a good pastor, is not being a nice, meek and gentle pastor. In contrast, he is to rebuke and preach the truth to his Church members, and correct them from leaning towards crooked paths and become carnal Christians. If you think you Pastor is nice because he does not rebuke you, he is a bad Pastor according to the Bible. If you only look for the good in a “Pastor” you will never see what is wrong.
2 Timothy 3:1-5 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
Notice that all these verses shown above are mostly from Apostle Paul, and his messages are for us Christians, especially the End Times Churches/Laodicean Churches.
Jesus has often been mistaken by the World as a person full of love and gentleness. However, little did they know that Jesus preached more on Hell than any other person in the Bible. Besides, Jesus also painted a scary and wicked picture on Hell, and reminded us that any torture we go through on earth is far better than burning in Hell. Below chapters and verses are some references.
Matthew 5:22, 29-30, 10:28, 11:23, 16:18, 18:9 , 23:15, 23:33.
Mark 9:43, 45, 47.
Luke 10:15, 12:5, 16:23
Matthew 5:22 But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hellfire.
Nonetheless, there is an equal balance in Jesus’s message, as he also talked about a way out; salvation plan for us, as well as God’s grace and love for mankind. We need to know that the messages and gospel about Hell are not to cause anxiety in us, rather to correct us and turn us away from sins.
Romans 3:9 What then? are we better than they? No, in no wise: for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin;
According to the Bible, none of us is sinless and righteous. Nowadays we hear so much about all the nonsensical false doctrines about mankind and that we are good-natured human beings. However the Bible has clearly stated that all of us have sinned and fall short in the glory of God.
Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
As Real Bible Believers, we do believe in positivity, but it has to be underneath the Will of God and scripture abiding. Often times, many people’s positive self-image, love, and positive messages are based outside of God’s will, and can potentially turn into self-obsession or self-centeredness.
Isaiah 14:12-15 mentions that we adopt a Satanic mindset if we are overly indulged in a positive self-image, quoting Lucifer as a perfect example.
In Matthew 23, Jesus did a bunch of name-calling, and fingers pointing, rebuking the false prophets. This was how Jesus ministered to the people back then, and it is how it should be done now at all Churches. Unfortunately, most Pastors have already compromised on their belief. They rather have more followers in their Churches, then to preach what is right from the Bible.