Two-Fold Child Of Hell

Matthew 23:15 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.

Twofold more the child of hell – That is, twice as bad.
The Pharisees gained them either to swell their own numbers, to use them to gain their intended make gain by extorting their money under various pretences; and when they had accomplished that, they took no pains to instruct them or to restrain them. They had renounced their superstition which had before somewhat restrained them, but the Pharisees had given them no religion in its place to restrain them, and they were consequently left to the full indulgence of their vices.

James 3:15 This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish

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

There seems very little left of Christianity but the name; which being now usurped by the old heathen nature and life, makes the professors of it but true heathens in disguise. For though they worship not the same idols, they worship Christ with the same heart: and they can never do otherwise, whilst they live in the same lusts. So that the non-crucified Christian and the heathen are of the same religion. For though they have different objects to which they do direct their prayers, that adoration in both is but forced and ceremonious, and the deity they truly worship is the god of the world, the great lord of lusts: to him they bow with the whole powers of soul and A mere sense of wondering:
What shall we eat? What shall we drink? What shall we wear? And how shall we pass away our time? Which way may we gather wealth, increase our power, enlarge our territories, and dignify and perpetuate our names and families in the earth?
Which base sensuality is expressed and comprised by the Apostle John, in these words: “The lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life,” which, says he, “are not of the Father, but of the world, that lieth in wickedness.” 1 John, 2.:16.


Luke 11:52. Woe unto you, lawyers! for ye have taken away the key of knowledge: ye entered not in yourselves, and them that were entering in ye hindered.

Preach on every doctrine that centers the attention on man rather than Jesus.
Teach every doctrine that makes man the center of God’s attention rather than God the center of man’s devotion.

Tell people only what God will do for them.

Avoid preaching about the necessity of a radical change of heart, through the truth revealed to the heart by the Holy Spirit.

Let their supreme motive to be popular with all people, then, of course, their preaching will be suited for that purpose, and not to draw sinners to Christ.

Avoid preaching doctrines that are offensive to the carnal mind, so that no one should say to you, as they did of Christ, “This is a hard saying, who can hear it?”

Make no distinct points, and do not disturb the consciences of your hearers so that they may become truly alarmed about their souls.

Avoid all illustrations, repetitions, and expressive sentences that may compel people to remember what has been said..

Avoid all heat and enthusiasm and passion in their delivery, so that there is never the impression that they really believe what they preach.

Make appeals to the emotions, and not the conscience, of your hearers.

Are careful not to testify from personal experience of the power of the gospel, so as not to produce the conviction upon their hearers that they have something which they need.

Do not stir up uncomfortable memories by reminding their hearers of their sins.

Denounce sin in a general way, but make no reference to the specific sins of the present audience.

Do not make the impression that God commands listeners here and now to obey the truth.

Do not let them think that it is expected of them to commit themselves now to give Christ Lordship of their lives.

Give the impression that the hearers are expected to go away in their sins, and to consider the matter at later time of their convenience.

Preach salvation by grace; but ignore the condemned and lost condition of the sinner so that he never should understand what is meant by grace, and know his need of it.

Preach the gospel as a remedy or a cure, but conceal or ignore the fatal disease of the sinner.

Do not speak of the severity of God’s holy law (by which comes the knowledge of sin), so that the sinner never should see his lost condition and repent.

Make no appeals to the fears of sinners; but give them the impression that they have no reason to fear.

Preach Christ as an infinitely friendly, good and accepting nature. Ignore those scathing rebukes of sinners and hypocrites which so often made His hearers tremble.

Do not rebuke the worldly tendencies of the church, so that they should never hurt their feelings, and finally convict some of them.

Admit, either obviously or casually, that all men have some moral goodness in them; so that sinners should never understand that they need a radical change of heart, from sin to holiness.

Say so little of hell and the judgement of God that people will think that the preacher does not believe in its existence themselves.

Make the impression that, if God is as good as they are, He could not send anyone to hell.

Make no disagreeable reference to the teachings of self-denial, cross-bearing, and crucifixion to the world, so that none are convicted and none are are saved.

Do not rebuke immorality, so that an uncomfortable impression is made on vain and worldly church members.

Aim to make hearers pleased with themselves and pleased with with the preacher, and be careful especially not to wound the feelings of anyone.

Make sure to avoid preaching to those who are present. Preach about sinners, but not to them. Say “they,” and not “you,” so that anyone should never take the message personally, and apply it to their own life,

Preach that the new birth is something God deposits in people, not a fundamental change in the ultimate purpose of their lives.

Never tell people that they must cease from serving self and serve God and do His will.

Preach that man is totally unable to obey God so that no one realizes his true responsibility requiring him to repent in order to be saved.

Preach that a person can be saved without making Jesus his Lord.

Teach that holiness is just an option and not a requirement of the gospel.

Teach them that they can be Christian without becoming true disciples.

Preach eternal security in such away that requires no perseverance in faith or continuance in holiness on the part of the believer.

Make every person think he has his ticket to heaven that is all paid for so that he will always safely scoff at all calls for repentance and righteous.

Teach Christians that sin is a normal and natural part of their every day life and that they can never truly expect to ever overcome sin through the power of Christ.

Preach that no Christian needs to do anything once they have been baptize upon the confession of their faith.

Teach them that they are safe and heaven bound and that they need only prove their faith through good works and loving others, even if their lives are disobedient and rebellious.

Isaiah 5:20-24. 20 Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
21 Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!. 23 Which justify the wicked for reward, and take away the righteousness of the righteous from him! 24 Therefore as the fire devoureth the stubble, and the flame consumeth the chaff, so their root shall be as rottenness, and their blossom shall go up as dust: because they have cast away the law of the Lord of hosts, and despised the word of the Holy One of Israel.

Proverbs 17:15 He that justifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the just, even they both are abomination to the Lord.

2 Corinthians 6:1 We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain.
Titus 2:11-15. 11 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, 12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; 13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; 14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. 15 These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.

Mark Cowan

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