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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

The Impolite Gospel

February 13

(Matthew 3:1-2,8-10 NIV) “In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the Desert of Judea {2} and saying, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near." {8} Produce fruit in keeping with repentance. {10} The ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.

(Matthew 4:17 NIV) ““From that time on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.””

(Luke 5:31-32 NIV) ““Jesus answered them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. {32} I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.””

The message of John the Baptist and Jesus Christ was simple and direct: “The kingdom of heaven is near. Repent, or face God’s judgment.” Their message seems so out of fashion today. Like many in their time, we don’t want to hear this kind of preaching. We’re into “polite”. We’re “seeker-sensitive”. We preach nice stuff. We wouldn’t want to offend anyone or cram our religion down anyone’s throat. God forbid we impose our morality on anyone! Let’s soften up God’s message a bit. Let’s tone it down. Christians, we’ve been called to speak the truth even if it means unpopularity, or even our demise. John spoke prophetic words of conviction and was beheaded. Jesus preached truth and ended up on a cross. They refused to water down the message. They were definitely on to something. Maybe we should be on to the same “something”. Stick with the truth, Christian. -- Friar Tuck’s Word of the Day

1 comment:

  1. Good message this morning. We need to be strong in Christ.