I heard once that preaching should be positive and not negative. And following this sentiment, many have decided that the death of Jesus and the subject of sin should not be the subject of Sunday sermons. I think this is worldly philosophy to silence the preaching of the Gospel.
It is always positive to preach the whole counsel of God. If we preach the death of Christ, it’s positive. If we preach repentance for sins, it’s positive. If we preach judgement, it’s positive.
Though we always strive to speak where the Bible speaks and strive to have our preaching unaffected by the culture around us, we sometimes allow the culture to tell us what is proper to preach. Modern psycho-babble tells us not to shame people even though sin is shameful. Modern psycho-babble tells us that preaching should be positive. Modern psycho-babble says it’s unproductive to preach the cross, death, and sin in a Sunday sermon. It says, “Don’t say ‘no’ when you can say ‘yes'”, even though God says, ‘let your yes be yes and your no be no.’ God not only says what we can do, but He also tells us what we can’t do. No, we can’t commit sexual sins. No we can’t add to or take away from God’s Word. Psycho-babble creeps in unnoticed and puts expectations on us when we don’t realize.
Preaching the good news includes preaching that men are lost in their sins. If we fail to point out sin, we have no context for the preaching the cross of Jesus. Why Jesus died is as important as preaching that Jesus died. Don’t let the world’s vain philosophies deter you from preaching the truth. It is proper to preach sin.
Said with love, Dan Mayfield