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Are Today's Pulpits Rising to the Hour of Need?

by Fenter Northern

That is not saying many of our pulpits are not preaching the gospel of salvation for the unsaved, they are. We hear pulpits constantly ringing with what we identify as "sound preaching." I have listened to many and have been one of them for many years but in view of the grim outlook of the world situation today we must remember the gospel has a vital... message for Christians - a message we may be neglecting that needs NOW our watchful attention. We can't ignore the fact that dark demonic forces are wrecking havoc in the world. Such carnage has got to be unsettling to all, Christians and non Christians alike because of the ominous dark cloud of mass destruction hanging over the world like a giant vulture just waiting for the kill. We have heard stories about such and have seen movies about such but this is not a movie, this is real!

Now just here is where we seem to be neglecting a vital part of the gospel. I listen to a lot of preaching and I have preached for many decades both expository and topical sermons in years past but it was against a different world background. Things are now vastly different in the world for it is a world being critically threatened by weapons of mass destruction - no it's much more than a threat, it's a stark reality that there is a powerful, cruel religion that is out to evangelize the world to their brand of religion by killing anyone not submitting to and opposing them. They are rabid in their incredible deeds being motivated by avidly believing when they kill anyone who opposes their belief they are doing their god a service.

This is not some horror movie on TV, it is a dire threat facing all humanity NOW. What Christian can exist in times liked these without needing help from our pulpits which seem to lean toward that "God is in heaven and all is OK down hear in the world." In times like these our hearts cry out for that part of the gospel that gives sustenance to the souls facing critical situations caused by social and culture wickedness. Christians need the gospel of comfort preached to them in this extremely uncomfortable and troubling day and there seems to be a dearth of it coming from the Christian journals and the pulpits. I believe that it is imperative that we begin now to pay more attention to the concerned hearts of those who assemble on Lord's Day seeking shelter out of a world careening out of control and bent for destruction. There are plenty of Bible texts for soothing the trouble hearts of those gathering on Sunday mornings to worship the God of all comfort: Listen to this text for a starter:

2 Cor. 1:3-7 ~ "Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God. For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ. And whether we be afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effectual in the enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer: or whether we be comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation. And our hope of you is stedfast, knowing, that as ye are partakers of the sufferings, so shall ye be also of the consolation."

I don't know about you, but I think that in these chaotic and troubling times with weapons of mass destruction in the arsenals of despots willing to use them and our congress and president in conference about it, it is high time we began giving this a lot more emphasis than we have to comforting the hearts of God's people. Pray earnestly for our congress and president, and for those in high places of authority around the world. AMEN

"...upon this rock I will build My church..." Matt.16:18

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