November 2015

Keep preaching Jesus

November 18 2015 by Don Wagner, retired Baptist pastor, McLeansville, N.C.

The article in Tar Heel Voices in the Sept. 12, 2015, issue [of the Biblical Recorder] “R.I.P. sin?” stabbed my heart. I recall from my youth the short ditty “Sin is sin, tobacco and gin.”
 
There was at least one other generation that had put sin out of mind. When John the Baptist came doing God’s will, he would shout, “Repent ye: for the Kingdom of heaven is at hand!” (Matthew 3:2). To whom was he preaching? The Jews of that generation had put sin out of mind, out of discussion and out of public awareness. How could they? They had the Ten Commandments. They had the scrolls of Isaiah, Jeremiah and the minor prophets. But the Pharisees, Sadducees and Herodians were bent on pleasing themselves. They did that by holding themselves in highest esteem. They made sure others did likewise. They compared themselves with themselves and not with the scriptures.
 
No doubt there were other reasons they would not trouble themselves to go and hear John, but send others to observe and belittle his preaching. “Who told you to preach? Where did you get your authority? Who [supports] your baptism?” He kept on preaching and baptizing.
 
Pastors, preachers and evangelists must keep on preaching “Repent (change your mind, your attitude and your life)! Live the life of faith in Jesus! Jesus is the way even if you do not feel you are in the wrong way! He is The Way, The Truth and The Life!”
 
Don Wagner, retired Baptist pastor
McLeansville, N.C.

11/18/2015 11:53:27 AM by Don Wagner, retired Baptist pastor, McLeansville, N.C. | with 1 comments