This one is a little longer this time, but hear me out. I’ve sat back for a month or two and saw how some ministry channels online and pastors at church—which are great and are impactful, don’t take all that I’m going to say wrong. Some channels become too heavy in their style of attracting others to their ministry, or by taking God’s Word out of context. Be serious but don’t lose compassion, in which the some have ended up browbeating, being too harsh, and putting fear at the audience that may have clicked on a video or come to a service and now have a skewed perception, afraid, or fearful. I call them fear mongers. As the phrase means, they enjoy having the power to manipulate or scare, meaning, in a certain time as one is perhaps vulnerable feeling and could be scared.
Understanding, patience, and compassion should be what one should explain these messages to convey a message successfully to be life-changing. They have to be understanding of the fact ones who aren’t familiar with the Word aren’t going to understand pastoral or church phrases. Look what Jesus had to do with the people of His time and us. But He used parables for all His meanings. He was patient with them and us, and those people were Pharisees. God is very much patient with us. Don’t say He’s not.
Suppose any one of those channels put a sermon that passes judgment that states a person (or a viewer) can’t go to Heaven because of whatever reason, or these are two reasons why you won’t. In that case, these people are implanting fear and are condescending or superior—they have no right to assume such a thing. They are not God who can pass judgment or convict us. They forget who is in charge and what we’re meant to do for God. We are servants of Christ, children of God.
The way to go about it is, explain what happens if one doesn’t repent, give their lives to Him, and give Him glory. We would have life, but a life that wouldn’t mean a thing as it won’t be eternal. But not only that, explain that God gave His only Son for us that all who believe in Him won’t perish but will have everlasting life.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.”John 3:16-17 (NKJV)
“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”Romans 10:9 (KJV)
“For it is written: “As I live, says the LORD, Every knee shall bow to Me, And every tongue shall confess to God.”Romans 14:11 (NKJV)
The messages should be about things we do that we know we shouldn’t do, give us an outlook on what to do about it, how to have God guide us from that stuff, and what we can do to be convicted by the Holy Spirit to make things right with God. The substantive of a message should entail hearing His voice, practicing discernment as things will start to become very hard to discern what’s real and what’s not right in this world very soon due to the enemy.
Preaching doesn’t need to require or entail a damning sense, but a powerful, impactful, delivering, and straightforward approach by the wisdom of God that all who follow Him shall have all that they need, and evermore in abundance. God is resources, plans, riches, and relief of all things.
They shouldn’t pass judgment and say that “you aren’t going to Heaven now.” The thing is, the devil is the one who intimidates, condemns, and doesn’t love. You cannot predetermine that only God has the authority to have such input. Who are you to judge? People leave out the fact the Holy Spirit comes at the right time to whom hears Jesus’ voice “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me” Revelation 3:20 (KJV).
We are not perfect and will never be. We were designed flawed by the flawless creator, for we have a story and a testimony that we got here or to a certain point, we wouldn’t have gotten to if it weren’t for God. God’s plans and goodness will prevail. And no man can justify another getting to go to Heaven or not; God is loving and just. His mystery says what we couldn’t ever imagine. Trust God amid hell or what’s terrible to come. God will ensure that we are protected. But if doubtfulness, have you surrendered fully to Him to trust your life in Him?
Faith over fear. Having faith is strong. When you are about to break, your back is against the wall. Your fear is through the roof of doubts and questions. You can see there’s nothing else, and not a glimmer of hope to cling to. Trust God, have your faith in Him, and pray. Don’t fear what He’s going to do for you, don’t let the dark forces prey over you. Because the moment you know that what you asked for from God is about to come, your doubt and anxiousness will try to be louder than your faith in and time with God.
The enemy will try to make your blessing less achievable or less appealing. But it is God who will intercede and strengthen you at your moment to bless you despite the enemy’s antics. You only need to surrender, trust and believe that God will not allow something to harm you or disrupt you. I won’t say He didn’t promise us a trial-free adventure because He has to give us some way of living life, not all perfect.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”Jeremiah 29:11 (NLT)