The words of the preachers below may inspire you, cause you to ponder, make you uncomfortable, or you may feel nothing at all.
I suppose it all depends on you.
Whatever you get out of this post, please remember this. These are inspired words of New Testament preachers, not my own thoughts. Their obedience to God produced a message that changed the course of millions of lives. I can almost see the expressions on their faces as I imagine hearing the inflections of the words leaving their lips.
This truly was the Holy Spirit at work, for you and for me.
John the Baptist
“Oh generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance: And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham. And now also the ax is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire” (Matt. 3:7-10).
“Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God” (James 4:4).
“Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever” (1 John 2:15-17).
“As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy. And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man’s work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear” (1 Peter 1:14-17).
“Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. Be not ye therefore partakers with them. For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;) Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them” (Ephesians 5:6-11).
“For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works” (Titus 2:11-14).
“For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels” (Mark 8:36-38).
So what is the message these inspired preachers are trying to get across? Here is a humble summary.
Turn from your sinful ways to the Messiah and become real children of God who produce only good fruit. Stop desiring the things in this world which are empty and at enmity with God, instead fear the Lord and live holy lives. Avoid the deceit of man and his vain ways for God’s wrath is coming upon the whole world because of this. Find the treasure of the Lord’s goodness and walk in the righteousness and truth thereof. Prove what is acceptable to God and do not share in any part of the lifestyles of those who walk after darkness. Instead, correct them, being zealous of good works. Deny all forms of sin, even the appearance of evil, rather, soberly seek the fruits of redemptive hope and the glorious coming of our Lord.
And what ever you do, be unabashedly faithful to the Word of God, letting the cares of world around you fade away, because God judges everyone according to his works. If you fail do these things, you will lose everything, God will be ashamed of you, and your soul will be lost, forever . . .
I long to hear preachers once again fervently proclaiming these truths that were spoken by His chosen ones not so long ago.
Thanks for reading!