Act 20:27 For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God.
How many preachers have read this verse? How many elders? How many Christians? I once wrote an article explaining why I feel “political correctness” is a sin. And it is far to prevalent in today’s church. How long has it been since you have heard a sermon on Hell? On how God is a “consuming fire” (Hebrews 12:29)? A plain teaching on the fact that God will punish sin? In fact, any sermon which does not deal generally with the goodness, forgiveness, and love of God? Those things are certainly important. HOWEVER…
You cannot appreciate the goodness and forgiveness of God if you fail to understand the consequences of not obeying God. That is why the “whole counsel of God” is so very important. In a time when few really study the Bible as they should, it is even more important that preachers warn the congregation of the wrath to come if they are not obedient. I am not saying that is all they need to preach; I am saying that there is a place for the preaching of judgment.
The problem is this: Elders and preachers are hesitant to preach the whole truth because it might “offend” someone. Brothers, if the Scriptures teach it, you should preach it! What good is it if 1,000 people leave your service feeling good if they are all lost because they truly believe that such a “good, kind” God as you preach will never let anyone go to Hell, but will ultimately forgive everyone?
What say ye?