Whether it’s on the radio, television, internet or at church, we often hear that God has a wonderful plan for our life. But as Ray Comfort, a Christian author, minister and evangelist, rightly notes, “The preacher promises a bed of roses for those who come to Christ, but those who are in Christ are evidently sitting on a painful bed of thorns.”
The “pastor” or “leader” that does not want to talk about anything negative is a “feel good” about yourself deceiver. Sin, hell, God’s wrath on the unbelievers at the end time are not part of his vocabulary. He may or may not admit that he just wants people to feel good and to feel good about themselves. These “pastors” or “leaders” should have become counselors or motivational speakers, not preachers in a feel good about yourself “false gospel”.
“When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand. 19 Yet if thou warn the wicked, and he turn not from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul.” ~Ezekiel 3:18-19(KJV)
A preacher of the gospel teaches God’s Word and quotes scriptures while doing so. Those who don’t, who claim to be ministers are deceiving men into thinking they will, can be at peace with themselves and God. A “feel good gospel” is a false gospel that leads men into believing they can please themselves and God through their own “good works”.
” And they shall teach my people the difference between the holy and profane, and cause them to discern between the unclean and the clean.” ~ Ezekiel 44:23 (KJV)
The above statement would enable the priests to teach the Israelite’s the difference between something holy and something common through the visual lessons of their priestly lives. In addition, these priests would serve as judges for any dispute, making their decision according to God’s ordinances. They were always to keep God’s laws and every decree concerning the appointed feasts and the Sabbaths, the sign of the Mosaic covenant.
Teaching people the difference between right and wrong is one of the responsibilities of ministers. They must take pains to cause people to discern between the clean and the unclean, that they may not confound the distinctions between right and wrong, nor mistake concerning them, so as to put darkness for light and light for darkness, but may have a good judgment of discretion concerning their own actions.
“Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” ~ Isaiah 5:20 (KJV)
They shall have the honesty to stand up for what is right, and, when they have passed a right judgment, shall have the courage to stand to it and stand by it. They must judge, not according to their own fancies, or inclinations, or secular interests, but God’s judgements; that must be their rule and standard.
“And the Lord spake unto Aaron, saying, 9 Do not drink wine nor strong drink, thou, nor thy sons with thee, when ye go into the tabernacle of the congregation, lest ye die: it shall be a statute for ever throughout your generations: 10 And that ye may put difference between holy and unholy, and between unclean and clean;11 And that ye may teach the children of Israel all the statutes which the Lord hath spoken unto them by the hand of Moses.” ~ Leviticus 10:8-11(KJV)
Ministers are God’s representatives and spokesmen. Support you minister by encouraging him or her to speak out on moral issues, praying for him or her to have wisdom in his personal life, and standing beside him if he faces criticism for speaking the truth.
“That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ.” ~ Philippians 1:10 (KJV)
Paul is saying that if you preach the real truth you are showing your love and it will flourish and that you will not only love much but well. Learn to love appropriately. You need to use your head and test your feelings so that your love is sincere and intelligent, not sentimental gush. Live a lover’s life, circumspect and exemplary, a life Jesus will be proud of: bountiful in fruits from the soul, making Jesus Christ attractive to all, getting everyone involved in the glory and praise of God.
So, make the “Feel Good Sunday” into an honest, Bible teaching, TRUTH speaking, Sunday God will be pleased with.