(Short update on previous blog)
Was going to write a blog but one of my congregation posted this. Not sure I know of any preacher who makes me tremble more and sweeps away compromise like Leonard Ravenhill did and still does through his books and recordings of his sermons. Don’t feel I need to say any more today. In fact I feel the fear of the Lord and somewhat stunned into silence by such words as these. I hope you have not forgotten how to tremble in the presence of the Lord. To fear Him is to find ourselves at the beginning of wisdom.
After posting the above, yesterdy, my bible reading this morning was from Galatians Chapter 1, where Paul says this:
6I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: 7Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. 8But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. 9As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed. 10For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ. 11But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man. 12For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.
Sobering words. It made me remember a minister who said once with great pride that one of his aims in preaching was to destroy the idea that Jesus bore the wrath of God against our sins on the cross. The foundation stone of Christian belief is now quite cynially and blasphemously presented as child abuse that the Father would do such a thing to his Son, even from pulpits. What have such preachers got to offer anyone, since they shut the gate of heaven in folk’s faces, the gate that opens to the Father’s eternal love, for there is no other gate than Jesus, the Good shepherd who laid down His life for the sheep?
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Some years ago I heard a very learned preacher say that if the Father turned His face away when Jesus was on the cross, that this would be “cosmic child abuse”. I was shocked and heart broken that someone I respected could believe such a thing. To my shame I never spoke out against it. I felt intimidated by the persons great intellect. I pray that with advanced years I would not now be so timid to defend The Gospel. Thank you for sharing today