You are a local pastor, and you just found out that sodomites are planning to parade themselves in the middle of town — publicly flaunting their sinful activities.
What are you going to do about it?
Are you going to be a man of God, stirred in the spirit, and call men in your church to come stand with you as you GO confront those sodomites with the Word of God?
Or, are you going to teach the children in your church, by example, how to passively co-exist with these vile unbelievers that bring God’s righteous judgment of death upon all who passively co-exist with them? (Jude 7)
If you do not care about your children, then you will choose the latter.
All preachers are commanded to “do the work of an evangelist” (2 Tim. 4:5). As the Book of Acts clearly illustrates, the primary attacks in the battle of overcoming a society’s sinful moral conditions are to be fought by the “men of God” going out from behind their pulpits into the real world (Acts 13:2, 47), and confronting sinners in their sin with the Word of God — it’s their business! (2 Tim. 3:16 – 4:5)
There are absolutely NO substitutes for the “men of God” (2 Tim.3:17), with Bible in hand, going to the places where sinners are publicly flaunting their sin and confronting them with what God says about their sin. The sheer weight of conviction upon unbelievers being confronted by real ordained preachers cannot be substituted by the Christian butcher, baker, candlestick maker, or the mom with three kids.
According to our Lord Jesus Christ, there are only two kinds of people in the world: People that believe and doeth the will of the Father in heaven (Matt. 7:21), and people who do not believe and are condemned to eternal damnation already (John 3:18).
In doing the work of an evangelist it is the preachers’ responsibility to teach unbelievers exactly what the Word of God says about their sin, the impending judgment of eternal damnation upon them already, and that their only hope is repentance through the righteous redemption found in believing on our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Paul, the Apostle to the Gentiles, said in Romans 10, “How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? …So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (v.14, and 17). This means unbelievers do not get “faith” any other way but through “hearing the Word of God.”
To quickly place “unbelievers” in a direct confrontation with the Word of God, we go where the unbelievers are flaunting their sin. The emphasis is on “quickly placing them in a direct confrontation with the Word of God.”
When preaching repentance to unbelievers in a lawless society one of the major difficulties of preaching in neutral locations such as church pulpits, public parks, or street corners, is nailing the unbeliever in his sin. We do away with this bird-shot hit-n-miss problem by going to the locations where they publicly flaunt their sin and preach to them what God says about the sin they are flaunting — the impending judgment of eternal damnation upon them — and that their only hope is repentance through Jesus Christ.
This is called Expedient Preaching: Conviction by the Holy Ghost, facilitated by “expedient preaching” of the Word of God.
At the Last Supper, recorded in John 13:31, after Judas Iscariot left the table (v.30), Jesus then gave the remaining disciples some important instructions. Among the instructions He said, “Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment.” (John 16:7-8) The word “reprove,” “elegcho” in Greek, means “to convict.” The Holy Ghost convicting the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment, is “expedient” for the Church today.
By first preaching “…the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” (Eph. 6:17), to unbelievers concerning the sin that they are publicly flaunting, it not only convicts them of their sin (“For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” Heb. 4:12), it is the means by which they become believers. (Rom. 10:17)
However, if you do not love your neighbors like you love yourself (Matt. 22:37-40), if you hate the sodomites and are biased against them like Jonah was against Nineveh (Jonah 1:1 – 4:1), then don’t go and preach to them the Word of God concerning their sin. Just let them be damned. Just let them parade their sin down main street and help bring God’s righteous judgment of death upon all who passively co-exist with them… including yourself.
Editor, The Covenant News