What are you afraid of?
This question is for those who do not understand the purpose of Gods Word. By "Word" I do mean both Christ and the Bible.
There is nothing more that irritates me than a believer both pastor and non, who for some reason is either afraid or ashamed of teaching Gods Word.
I hear excuses such as we don't want to cause division or we want to create an atmosphere where non-believers are welcome.
My question always to these people is "Do you think that you know better than God what his people should hear or not hear?" I would hope not.
Matthew 10:34 - "Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword."
Jesus came to seperate those who believe and will believe from those that will never believe. The truth about Jesus is meant to cause a reaction that is life changing. That doesn't happen with bland meaningless words that come from mans mind and out of his mouth. Our words are shallow and have no hope for salvation and at best only provide comfort for a brief amount of time.
You want to see true change in people? Do you want to see true change in your church? Then see to it that Gods Word is preached the way it was meant to be, the way He laid it out for us. Being soft on people is doing them more harm than good. You are more of a stumbling block to that person than a help.
People need to know the truth.... and the truth at times can be harsh. But that truth if they hear it can make a change in the rest of their life and their life ever after.