We are living in a culture where we are afraid to preach the truth. Also teachers are afraid to turn away potential church goers. Teachers are in a constant state of fear. They give milk to the congregation because it is universally accepted. We don’t preach what is needed and what is relevant to convict us. Many people run to the darkness cause they are afraid of the light.
There is not an equal correlation from conviction to not accepting Christ. Church leaders are afraid to preach things that convict people. People who are not Christians don’t know the Truth. I’m not talking about preaching from generally held truths. One example: not to worship a carved image. That is not a cultural problem. One the other hand, worshiping Hollywood celebrities is a far too common practice. Church leaders do not get relevant in preaching out of fear of turning off people to Christ.
I have discussed in past blogs the problem of giving milk to the congregation. Many times the reason is also due to fear. Something substantial always has backlash. There are many church leaders who try to convict a pastor for the substance. Job security, unfortunately, is tied to given people what they want to hear. The job of the congregation is to make disciples. A pastor’s job is to shepard the congregation. His job is not equip the congregation for outreach. The pastor shouldn’t appease the lowest common denominator but to lead their flock.
Unfortunately, even Christians don’t like the truth. Anything that rattles us to the core we are afraid of and hate. We should constantly be rattled. Every time a pastor preaches we should be rattled. Our leaders should recognize this and understand it. We cannot truly change the culture and the world when we can’t preach convicting messages. Church should make us feel good about ourselves. It should make us equipped, to strip away all the filth we see in the Light of God.