When I was just a young Christian I wrote in my Bible a statement that has stuck with me until this day, “If you don’t stand for something you will fall for any thing,” and that’s exactly what is happening today, fall-ing for anything. Would to God we had more preachers like Paul in Acts 20:27. He says, “For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God.”
We are losing a whole generation because we have a bunch of spineless preachers behind the pulpits in North America who are afraid to “Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and show my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins.” Instead what we have are teachers having itching ears, preaching smooth things, things that won’t make waves. But we are instructed to do as II Tim. 4:2 says, “Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.” Why? “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.” (v. 3&4) That’s the departure, the defection from the truth, the falling away.
Preachers are afraid to preach all the counsel of God, they are afraid they might lose their tithers. We could all learn a lesson from Gideon; God had to reduce his numbers before he could get victory. Maybe we need to stop worrying about numbers and let Jesus build his church. What we need to do is as John 12:32 says. Jesus said, “And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.” And we can do that by preaching the whole counsel of God behind the pulpits of North America.
We need to get back to standing for something. “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” Mat. 5:16. When standards are gone there is not much to see. The world doesn’t need a church to look like them, they are looking for a church that is different.