- October 16, 2013
- By Staff / Baptist Standard
Love, not condemnation
Thank you for “Love, not condemnation, leads the world to Jesus.”
This is a struggle for anyone who preaches. I pray for a heart that is broken for the lost, and I pray for a deep love of God’s word and better understanding of it. I have come to this: I must love people and preach the word. If the word of God offends, that is between God and that person. I must make sure that I am not the one offending. The word may offend, but I must not.
I wish I could share that I have mastered this, but that would be a lie.
I will pray for the offended person and the one who offended.
“How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher?” (Romans 10:14)
Mathew St. John
I read your editorial with great interest and agree, but with one exception.
Yes, the church should accept sinners as they are, but that is where many churches cease. Instead of saying, “Sin no more,” we are saying, “It’s OK to continue to live the way you did before; we don’t want to offend you. We will even give you a position in the church.”