COMFORTABLE CHRISTIANS

Are you content to sit in the same place in your pew each week getting your ears itched by a sweet sounding sermon, rub elbows with other christians and finally leave to do nothing to further the gospel? Then you might be a comfortable christian. The apostle James wrote that we deceive ourselves if we are merely hearers of the word and not doers of the work (See James 1.22 & 25).

Jesus spoke of two men: One built his house on the rock (the wise man) and the other built his house on the sand (the foolishness man). When the wind and rain came the floods knocked down the foolish man's house with a great crash for it was built upon sand, but the wise man built his house on the rock and it stood firm (read Mt 7.24-27). What was different about them? They both heard Jesus' sayings, but only the wise one did what he said to do. The Apostle Paul wrote, “Other foundation can no man lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ (1 Cor 3.11).” We lay our foundation on rock by preaching the gospel to others that they might believe on Christ and be saved (See 47 PASSAGES ON BELIEF and SAVEDfor a definition of 'saved' on www.preach-the-gospel.org).

But man has added that for one to be saved he must ask God's forgiveness and for Christ to come into their heart (See THE SINNER'S PRAYER on www.preach-the-gospel.org). The sinner's prayer makes the gospel too difficult to preach so christians have resorted to passing out bible tracts. Believers should be going into the world and preaching the gospel to every creature as Christ commands (see Mk 16.15). When we step out of the church building we go into our church, the world, and we should be preaching the gospel (good news) and teaching them that believe to preach it (Mk 16.15, Mt 28.19-20). Instead we have become comfortable christians.

The gospel is easy to preach. Simply ask another, “Did you heard the good news?” Then tell them (preach), “Christ died for our sins, he was buried and he rose on the third day (1 Cor 15.1-4).” It doesn't take four years of seminary (cemetery) to preach the gospel. It's not necessary to preach a three-point sermon and conclude with an invitation to accept Christ (See PLAN OF SALVATION on www.preach-the-gospel.org.). We simply have to pop the question and preach the gospel. How many persons we preach the gospel to and teach to preach it is our choice. Would we be loving God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength (Mk 12.30) and our neighbor as ourself if we told only one person the good news each day? Maybe not, but it is a far cry better than zero persons, which is the average for a comfortable Christian. We don't have the time or strength to tell seven billion people the good news on our own so by teaching them that believe to preach it and teach others to preach it we water the gospel seed so that it is multiplied (Mt 28.20). It's better to teach one to tell the good news than to tell 100 (See TWO OR THREE and DO THE MATH on www.preach-the-gospel.org.).

Remember the parable of the talents (Mt 25.14-30)? The man who buried his talent had to give his reward to the others who used their talents and were commended by Christ: “Well done thou good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in a little, I will make you ruler over much. Enter into the joy of the Lord (Mt 25.23).” How would you like to be told this by Christ at his return? As for the one who buried his talent? The Lord said, “Cast the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” The talent can represent the gospel message and whether we hide it or declare it and teach others to deliver it (1 Cor 15-3-4).

Now we know how to preach the same gospel that the apostle Paul himself received and preached (See 1 Cor 15.3-4.) which is the power of God to save all who believe on Christ (Rom 1.16, Jn 3.36 & 6.47 and Acts 16.31). Simply ask others, “Have you heard the good news?” and tell them, “Christ died for our sins, he was buried and he rose again the third day.” Ask God for boldness to preach the gospel as we ought (Eph 6.19) and wisdom to teach others to preach it (Mt 28.20), for it pleases Him by the foolishness of preaching the gospel to save them who believe (1 Cor 1.21b, Mk 16.15).”

We can be comfortable Christians and do nothing or we can obey Christ's commands to preach the gospel and teach others to preach it (Mk 16.20 & Mt 28.20). Those who choose to obey build their house on the rock and are safe. But beware comfortable christians, hearers only deceiving yourselves (James 1.22): When the floods come and the winds blow, great will be the fall of your house (Mt 7.21-27).

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