I am utterly sinful. I find myself doing things, thinking things, desiring things that war against what I know is right, against the Law written on my heart.
As an Independent Fundamental Baptist (IFB’er), I was aware of my sinfulness, but I was more aware of everyone else’s. IFBer’s have the cure for your issues – ‘stop it’, ‘do better next time’, ‘quit being like that’. None of their solutions are really the solution, they just cover up the nastiness that is our sin with ‘law works’ that only condemn us further.
It is Sunday morning (or whenever you gather to worship) and we have gathered together as God’s people to fellowship, worship, hear God’s word. We are singing songs about God’s grace, and then a few about ‘Trust and Obey” because apparently “there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus”. The “tithes and offerings” have been
guilted…I mean collected. Now comes the time where the man called to Pastor the church opens up that wonderfully inspired, inerrant, precious Word of God to divide it up and hand out to the multitude that has gathered. The Lord’s Sheep hunger for this heavenly food, they need it desperately.
But what do they hear?
Honestly ask yourself, Pastor, what are you feeding them?
Are you providing them the Gospel of Jesus Christ, dying on a cross for their sins, buried and rising again the third day, conquering death, hell and the grave for them? Their sins are forgiven by Christ’s death on a cross, His burial and Resurrection. FORGIVEN!!!
Or, did you beat them over the head with the law of God (which is what God’s law does, and should do) and berate them for their laziness, apathy, and lack of care for their neighbor and God? Did you leave them with the guilt of “do better or God is going to get you”? Did you make the cure for all their sinful ways an instruction list of how to avoid those transgressions? Did you give a big ‘rah rah’ speech that incited an excitement to serve in those areas ignored before, like evangelism and bible study? Did you leave out the gospel for their sins and only offer a quick fix salvation prayer for those visitors “who had decided to give Jesus a try”?
If this is the case, you are starving God’s sheep.
Repent and receive forgiveness of sins in Jesus name for the sin of neglecting God’s sheep, and go and do this sin no more.
If you do not see the error, I beg of you to reconsider and I pray that God’s sheep in that pasture no longer have the wonderful Gospel and the wonderful words of Life withheld from them.
2 Tim 3:16-4:4