Yesterday during at the beginning of his sermon, our Associate Pastor Rev. Pete Belmain made the following declaration:
“I’m sure there are lots of churches up and down this highway giving feelgood sermons. This nation doesn’t need anymore feelgood sermons.”
Brother Pete could have given the invitation after making that statement, but he went on to give a very challenging sermon from Hosea. His comment struck a deep chord within my soul because, as Brother Pete stated, our nation is in great trouble because the church is asleep. We have become comfortable in our comfort and we don’t want anything that could possibly interfere with it.
Too many churches no longer preach on sin, repentance, the resurrection, or hell. As I told my Sunday school class yesterday, if your gospel is devoid of the above topics, then your Jesus is not the Savior; He just a great philosopher. Which is, by the way, who many liberal theologians are trying to make Jesus out to be.
If you find yourself squirming in your pew because the sermon your pastor is preaching is making you uncomfortable, and he is preaching the true word of God, then sit still and open your heart and mind to the message. Your pastor is righteously following the Apostle Paul’s instruction to all ministers:
“Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.” (2 Timothy 4:2-4)
I am thankful for the pastoral staff at my church. All three of our ministers preach the whole gospel of Jesus Christ unapologetically and unashamedly. They are fearless men of God who take seriously their calling to the pulpit. They are not trying to motivate us to find our best lives now or making every day a Friday. They are concerned for the souls of our church family and community.
Friend, if you are at a point in your life where everything you’ve tried seems to fall flat, every avenue of happiness becomes a dead end street, and your spiritual life is like a lonely desert, then it’s time for a spiritual tune-up.
You cannot feed your spirit and soul with man-made philosophies when man was not the one who made you. You are made in the image of God and you need the language and lessons of God to live a fulfilling life.
God gave us eyes to see and ears to hear and if we cover them because of what is in front of us, then we should expect nothing less than emptiness. This is not a modern-day phenomenon. Man has struggled with this from the beginning:
“Son of man, you dwell in the midst of a rebellious house, which has eyes to see but does not see, and ears to hear but does not hear; for they are a rebellious house.” (Ezekiel 12:2)
America is a rebellious house, or as our senior pastor Dr. Dennis Brunet describes it, a spiritual Babylon. From colleges assigning safe spaces to language police protecting the godlessness of transgenderism, America has wholesale rejected the Bible.
America doesn’t need anymore Joel Osteen’s; it needs more Dennis Brunet’s, Pete Belmain’s, and Andrew Bosak’s who will preach the whole gospel of Jesus Christ. If you are in a church that does not do so, I exhort you to find one that does.
Your ears may feel good, but friend your soul is dying and your spirit is dry.
Come to the Living Water which is Jesus Christ and let it wash over you like a water fall.
Then you will truly feel good!
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