In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea 2 and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” – Matthew 3:1-2
From that time on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” – Matthew 4:17
I had a dream a couple of nights ago. I won’t go into the dream but a voice of a man was weeping with much strength and he said “Tell the people time is running out. Tell them to repent and receive Salvation, quickly.” This dream has been with me ever since. What I remember most is how the man in the dream wept so strongly.
Not only did the dream rekindle the urgency in me to start witnessing more for Jesus, it also started me thinking about some of the messages that are coming from today’s pulpit. I’ve heard messages of sowing a financial seed, our destinies and our breakthroughs. I’ve heard messages that were condemning rather than loving. I’ve heard all kinds of messages, but seldom do I hear sermons that urge us to repent from our sins, urging us to live our lives unto Salvation.
John the Baptist was a voice of one crying in the wilderness, urging people to repent. Then what appears to be Jesus’ first message, didn’t change from John’s, it was “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” It seems the message has changed to whatever people want to hear, not what they need to hear. Why is this? I’ve never heard any particular preacher say this, but it’s in the scriptures, that some preachers know if they preach repentance, they are going to lose members and their money.
For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. – 2 Timothy 4:3-4
For there are many rebellious people, full of meaningless talk and deception, especially those of the circumcision group. They must be silenced, because they are disrupting whole households by teaching things they ought not to teach—and that for the sake of dishonest gain. – Titus 1:10-11
Preachers are preaching prosperity when Jesus has warned us about how devastating the pursuit of riches and material possessions can be (Luke 16:13; Matthew 6:19-20). This is the complete opposite of what Jesus teaches. Does the Lord want us to be rich? Yes! Rich in His words first, then the material or natural blessings will come, if it’s His will.
PREACHERS, TEACHERS, WRITERS, BLOGGERS AND SO FORTH HEAR THIS!!!
2 Timothy 4:2 – Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction.
Please don’t throw out the saving message of Salvation. Please don’t watch people drown in their own sin. Please don’t let people miss out on what they need while giving them all of what they don’t need.
The message of Salvation and the Kingdom of Heaven has been buried and replaced with telling people what they want to hear for the sake of money. It’s time to take it out of the ground, off the shelf and give it to the people the way God intended it to be given.