What was Jesus preaching that he attracted lots of crowd where ever he went? Why was it that sinners, criminals and men and women with doubtful characters were always coming around to hear him teach and preach (Lk.15:1-2)? Why was he called friend of sinners (Matt. 11:19; Lk. 7:34)? How was he able to impart and transform men and women that were so bad that society threw away for nothing? Why were sinners and prostitutes ‘at home’ with him (Lk.7:36-39)?What was he preaching that all these sinners were always rushing to come and hear him everyday? And what are we preaching today that scares these same people away from us? Do you notice that Jesus never had a problem with sinners but had consistent problems with the Pharisees, Sadducees and Scribes (Matt. 23:13-29). He even insulted them at some occasions. Are we more holy than Jesus?
There must be something grossly different from what Jesus Christ was preaching and teaching from what we are preaching and teaching today. His sermons attracted sinners, tax collectors, notorious and especially wicked sinners to hear and be transformed (Lk.15:1-2). Our sermons scare these same people away.
Christianity has been grossly misunderstood. It has been reduced to mere religion and for that reason so many are struggling to please God to no avail. Christianity to many today is a difficult even an impossible road to trail. And many are therefore wallowing in religious distress and pains in the name of following Jesus (Matt. 11:28-30).
People have great desire and zeal to walk with God they end up in a goose chase and shadow boxing. Some have even decided to give up and seek for other religions. Where did we get these strenuous and burdensome things (Acts 15:10-11) we now call Christianity, when Jesus himself said, my yoke is easy and my burden light (Matt.11:28-28).
God has been misrepresented. People don’t see God as he really is. People see God today as hard, harsh and judgemental. A man that is just waiting to punish and if possible kill you. God is seen by many today as a hunter just somewhere to hunt all your errors and shortcomings. Some see him as a police man who is out there to police them around and pick at their faults and sins.
Some even see him as a boss willing to boss you around at any given opportunity. Some see and relate with him as a sadist and a god that is hot tempered. Worst still some see him as schizophrenic. Happy this moment and angry the next. But the truth is this God has no mood swings he is always happy. God is presented as a helpless and hopeless man. Infact a man that needs help from humans, his creations.
Satan and his works is so exalted that we leave the people satan-conscious and wonder why we conduct deliverances on same people day in day out.
The sort of Christianity that is practiced today is the reason for the lukewarmness and powerlessness exhibited among believers. Sometimes we sound as though Jesus didn’t do much so we all have to sheepishly carry our cross and help him finish the work of salvation. In the name of working OUT salvation, we are grossly busy working FOR our salvation (Phil.2:13-13).
Are you preaching life or death? Are you preaching the letter that kills or the spirit that gives life? (2Cor.3:6-18). Are you motivating the people with vain philosophies or the Gospel of Christ? Are you preaching self help or Grace? Are you preaching self righteousness or God’s righteousness (Rom.10:3)? Is your Gospel centred on Christ and his finished works or man and his bankrupt efforts? Are you preaching JESUS or Moses (Lk.9:33-35; Jn.8:1-5; Heb. 1:1-2)?
Is your preaching and teaching veiling the people’s heart or taking the veil away (2Cor.3:13-16)? Are you pointing the people to Christ or to self. Are they seeing themselves or the exalted Christ (2Cor.4:5)?
We have been made able ministers of the New Testament, not of the letter (law) but of the spirit (2Cor.3:6) and our message is that of reconciliation (2Cor.5:18-19) not judgement and condemnation (Isa.40:1-2; 54:7-10).