Are You A Lighthouse, Or A House Light.

Mark Cowan 

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Philippians 1:15 Some indeed preach Christ even of envy and strife; and some also of good will:

2 Corinthians 4:3. But if our Gospel is hidden, it is hidden to those who are lost.

In this verse and the following one we have a very brief yet very full description of what every minister of the Gospel ought to preach.

In the first place, he is to preach the Gospel not metaphysics, not politics, not mere morality, not
simply doctrines as such.

He is to preach the Gospel, which signifies good news, something new and something good—so
good that nothing else can equal it, the glad tidings of mercy for the guilty, the blessed tidings of God coming down to man that man may go up to God, the welcome tidings of atonement made for human guilt! It is also new as well as good It comes as a strange novelty to the attentive ear.
Mythology never dreamed it, human wit could never have invented it, even angelic intellect could not have devised a scheme
“So just to God, so safe for man.”

The business of the Christian is to preach this Good News, to publish to the sinners the glad tidings that there is a Savior, to point the guilty to Christ and to be constantly saying to each individual sinner, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you shall be saved.”

It does not matter the learning or eloquence of the believer, though he may speak with the tongue of men and angles, if he does not preach Christ and bid sinners trust in Him, he has mistaken his mission and missed the grand objective for which he was sent!

>>1 Corinthians 9:16. For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel!

Woe is unto me – for as a preacher I hold in my hand the Bible which proclaims the only remedy, the only cure for lost sinners. Woe is unto me if I hold back these precious Gospel truths and merely teach the Bible verse-by-verse, with little soul-stirring application, and few if any of the fiery darts of the law that prove to the sinner’s heart his need of the Saviour.

>Malachi 1:14. But cursed be the deceiver, which hath in his flock a male, and voweth, and sacrificeth unto the Lord a corrupt thing: for I am a great King, saith the Lord of hosts, and my name is dreadful among the heathen.

As believers, we have “The Lamb Of God ” that takes away the sins of the world, and woe unto the preacher that withholds or misrepresents Him.

“Preaching is being replaced with performances, exposition with entertainment, doctrine with drama, theology with theatrics.

The devil will not cause any trouble for a preacher who is scared stiff of his congregation and worried about his job to the extent that he preaches for thirty minutes and the sum of what he says is ‘Be good and you will feel better.’ You can be as good as you want to and yet go to hell if you have not put your trust in Jesus Christ!

The devil is not going to waste his time causing any trouble for the preacher whose only message is ‘Be good!

I preach to you the God-given way to be saved from the misery of sin and the wrath of God. And woe is unto me if I hold back and do not declare these truths with every sinew and muscle, and preach to you the good news of the Gospel – Christ has died to pay for your sins. Christ has risen from the dead to break the stranglehold Satan has on your heart.

And if it be woe unto me if I preach not the Gospel – think of the woe it will be to you if you do not pay attention to the Gospel I have preached! And there is a woe marked down for the preacher who does not proclaim, and declare, with much earnestness the Gospel that alone can save sinners. Think of the far greater woe that will come upon you if you do not obey the Gospel!

>1 Peter 4:17-18. 17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? 18 And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?

Blaming God when you die in your sins is like blaming the antidote that you refuse to take for poisoning you.

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