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Talking About Sin At Church

Have you noticed a new trend towards more emphasis on sin and repentance? Are you concerned that such focus could be a stumbling block to some?

Moderator - Few churches talk about sin today; count yourself blessed.

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Have you ever tried to tell a person with a spirit of pride that the reason their prayers aren't being answered is because "God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble?" They don't receive it and then they devour you and call you all sorts of names. When God shows us our sin, our response should be, "yes Lord, you are right, this is sin in my life, cleanse me and help me show the fruit of repentence for this sin, In Jesus name I pray."
---Donna on 9/20/07

Sin isn't preached behind the pulpit like it used to be. They don't want the word to step on anyone's toes, afraid they might not come back and not get that ole mighty dollar in tithes. So they tickle their ears and beat around the truth about the bible. So they will keep coming back.
---Rebecca_D on 9/20/07

That is a problem with pastors today. They are scared to preach about sin and conviction. They are afraid people will get mad and leave and the tithing will go down. If the pastor is not stepping on toes once in a while they are not preaching ALL of God's word.
---denna7667 on 9/11/07

We are held responsible for sitting under a preacher who is not teaching the Word of God. We are to work out our own souls salvation and this is part of it. Hiding in these mega churches and not serving like we should is not going to work. God see what we are doing and not doing. If my pastor refused to preach on sin and needing to be born again etc... other issues we need to hear. I would find another suitable church. We are responsible in the end, for our own salvation.
---Robyn on 9/9/07

I have noticed over the years though that the Holy Spirit does move in unison in His church so trends or movements would happen.
---Andrea on 9/9/07

I agree, Jody. While God can provide financial prosperity to anyone He sees fit, it is certainly not the prevailing mission of those who are saved through Christ. Whats more, prosperity comes in many forms: mind, body and soul.
---Mr._Graham on 9/7/07

I like the way Mr.Grahm and Mathew from L.A. express this. Also want to add that we are called to LOVE as the top priority commandment. To watch people walk their way to Hell as a pastor of a church while earning money for it will require a great punishment. "Ear tickling" or "prosperity" messages are end time signs of apostate churches that need to be avoided.
---jody_martin on 9/7/07

If you consider there is more written about hell than heaven in the New Testament that can be a good thing. I believe the reason it talks more about hell is a warning.
---denna7667 on 9/6/07

Exactly, Matthew. The bible teaches us to correct, rebuke and encourage our brethren in Christ.

For the sinner, we reach out to them by showing Gods love and mercy. A journey begins with the first step, and a sinner has to step out in faith once they are convicted of their sin against God. We are to assist them in any way we can.

God Bless!
---Mr._Graham on 9/6/07

Mr. Graham you are 100% correct. We are to reach out to the lost who are in sin and lovingly give them the Gospel. Those who are already in the faith though and are in living in hypocrisy already have the Gospel. They need to be rebuked and warned. Jesus didn't tell us to tell fellow brothers/sisters that are living in unrepentant sin that everything is ok. To act as everything is ok when A Christian is unrepentant sin is not good. God will hold us somewhat responsible if we sit back and say nothing.
---Matthew_from_LA on 9/6/07

Jesus preformed many miracles to show Gods love and kindness. Jesus preached the Gospel to show that sin is not tolerable to those in the Kingdom. Jesus reached out to sinners in love to bring them into righteousness, not to remain mired in sin.
---Mr._Graham on 9/5/07

This is why Joel Osteen and his church is so popular. Now you have understanding as to what that blog is all about. Joel bysteps talking about sin,repentance,hell and topics that people need to be aware of. We need less cotton candy to eat(fluffy sermons) and more ripe fruit. Not good. Telling the truth could never be a stumbling block to anyone.
---Robyn on 9/5/07

2. There is a favourite statement used by many preachers and evangelists these days "Jesus loves you just the way you are." Yes He does, but these people should follow up with "But He doesn't want you to stay the way you are. You must repent of your sins." The first half of that statement will help fill the churches. The second will drive the insincere away and many of today's pastors are more concerned about numbers in pews that souls saved.
---RitaH on 9/5/07

Jody, I have found exactly the opposite. Sin and the need for repentance seems to be avoided for fear of frightening people out of the churches. I agree with the moderator, if you are experiencing otherwise you are truly blessed and I hope that all who enter your church are equally blessed.
---RitaH on 9/5/07

How the pendulum swings. In the old days it was all about sin and hell. Then a swing towards nothing but grace.(read a few blogs here about the 10C's) Now back to sin, but if it is only about sin and not about the redemention by Christ for us. It is useless and destructive. Jesus paid it all, all to Him I freely give.
---dan on 9/4/07

This is not a new trend. It started with Jesus. He even said, "Go and sin no more." In our ministry, we have found that preaching against sin and preaching repentance is the most effective way to reach a lost and dying world. The only thing that is a stumbling block for non-christians is when they are taught that everything will be great once they get born again.
---Susie on 9/4/07

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I believe if you're going to preach the bible then preach about everything, leave nothing out. If members or attendees take offense to it then it is reaching them, we do not need "covered up" sermons, we need the truth!
---Candice on 9/4/07

I believe that their should be more emphesis on sin and repentance in our Churches today. I think that a Holy Spirit filled message should not only speak of God's love, but should also "step on your toes" so to speak. There is too much "sugar coated" sermons in many of our Churches today. When your toes get stepped on, do not consider it a stumbling block, but count it all joy and a blessing from God.
---Cynthia on 9/4/07

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