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April 18, 2018, 9:49 AM

Morning Coffee

April 18, 2018

Matthew 7:6 (KJV)
6  Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.

It has been my experience that people don’t like rebuke or correction. The easiest preaching is to rail against “big” sins, and to leave personal sin alone. I long for the days when people came to the alter, broken and weeping over their sin, limping because their loving pastor danced on their toes, knee capped them and gave them a swift kick in the hinder parts. Now we are afraid not wanting to offend. Folks,  the gospel is naturally offensive. It gets right in the face of the sinner demanding repentance. It is not for us to condemn, but to instruct in righteousness and proclaim the truth. It is because of those who preach evading the whole counsel of God and tickle the ears of the listener that we embolden sin. We are more interested in crowds than truth. Now we wonder why sin is so bold. Bob Harrington said, “What used to slither in back allies now struts down main street.”

I recently read a poll report that said that for the first time more Americans do not believe that the bible is the Word of God. This makes reaching them difficult. This is giving that which is Holy to dogs, and casting our pearls before swine. They will not reverence it or respect it. They seem to like morality on a sliding scale instead of the absolute morality taught in God’s Word. How are we to reach this vast crowd? We can only do this by the demonstration of the love and power of God. The words of one of my favorite hymns fits this situation. “Could we with ink the ocean fill and were the skies a parchment made, were ev’ry stalk on earth a quill and ev’ry man a scribe by trade. To write the love of God above would drain the ocean dry, nor could the scroll contain the whole tho stretched from sky to sky. O love of God, how rich and pure! How measureless and strong! It shall forevermore endure the saint’s and angel’s song.” (The Love of God, Frederick Lehman, 1917). The task is difficult. But God is faithful! We are blessed.

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