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When We Don’t Tell The Whole Truth

In court they make the person who is taking the witness stand swear an oath that goes something like this: “I swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help me God.”

I think congregations should make their preacher say that every Sunday before any preaching is done. It might help that preacher be more honest and direct about the truth rather than omitting what he/she thinks is offensive to someone. 

Can you imagine what would happen if you took the witness stand and were asked questions about the case being tried and said, “gee, I think if I tell the truth it will hurt someone in this courtroom, so I will avoid answering that question.”  What do you think the judge would do? If the witness refuses to answer the question they could be held in contempt of court or they would have to plead the 5thAmendment. I often think about preachers who refuse to address the issues of our day through the lens of the Bible. In essence, are they not pleading the 5th?  “I don’t want to incriminate myself or this ministry by preaching on that issue,” is that not invoking the 5thAmendment in preaching? I realize there is no 5thAmendment in preaching, but as Christians we need to know ‘the truth and nothing but the truth’ from our leadership. 

James 3:1 says this: “ Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly.” 

So when preachers stand before the Lord on the day we give an account of our lives as it relates to our faith in Christ, what will we say to Him about our preaching?  Will we be honest and say, “I never compromised on anything I read from the Bible, I preached it word for word.”Or will we say, “The Bible gave me great themes to preach about, I just did a little editing to make it more acceptable for my listeners.”  Or we might say:  “I didn’t agree with some of it so I just avoided those subjects altogether, but I gave my best on things I did agree with.”

I have a word for you preachers/teachers/Executive Directors who are involved in sharing God’s word. You may be okay not addressing issues you think may not resonate with your crowd, but God says, “preach the truth.” It is above your pay grade to edit what you think is acceptable and what is not. If you are not preaching on sin, righteousness, and judgment, you are not filled with the Holy Spirit, or you are in direct rebellion to His ministry in your life. You may not like what I just said, but that is the truth. Some of you get so excited about achieving the manifestations of the gifts of the Spirit, but if you aren’t preaching on sin, you might as well go join the circus because that’s the kind of entertainment you are creating for your audience. 

You may dislike me for saying that, but I can handle it. If you are called by God to preach the word you better get serious about doing it. If your congregation or following isn’t being prepared for the era of deception which the Bible says is coming upon the earth, the fate of that ill-prepared audience is on you. (James 3:1)

You don’t agree with the Bible on topics of killing the unborn, having sex with the same sex, living with your sexual partner without the benefits of marriage, paying restitution for wrongs you have committed toward others, greed, racism, hatred for Muslims, pornography, jealousy of other ministries, spiritual pride and narcissistic leadership, you better find a different calling. 

Judgment begins in the household of God, which means we know the truth. Yet if we refuse to live it, preach it, or hold others accountable to it, we will be held in contempt in His court. 

Keeping it honest and truthful..K





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