Preach the Word!
by Keith Hassell | February 23, 2011
2 Timothy 4:1–4 (NKJV) “I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom: Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.”
God has made it very clear that He called me to preach His Word, not my experiences, opinions, beliefs, or clever ear-tickling messages. I admit with great sorrow that there have been instances when I softened a difficult teaching in God’s Word in order to appease others or to gain consensus. I have lived to regret this and have asked God’s forgiveness. On the other hand, I have taken many difficult stands on specific teachings in God’s Word against considerable opposition. I have discovered that people who don’t like what the Bible says on a particular issue don’t like those who hold to that position either! However, when I stand before Christ, I will be judged by whether I preached the Word of God or something else. What would you be inclined to preach if you were in that position? Therefore Paul charged Timothy to “Preach the Word!” When is it time to preach the Word? At all times—in season and out of season. What are the objectives in preaching the Word? It is to convince the doubter, to rebuke the rebel, and to exhort the believer. How is the Word to be ministered? It is to be ministered with all longsuffering and with teaching. Why is it necessary to preach the Word? Because the time will come when people will not endure sound doctrine but will seek out false ministers who will tell them that God wants them to have what the Bible forbids. Those who form a distaste for sound doctrine will inevitably develop an appetite for something else. If there has ever been a time for preachers to preach the Word, it is NOW. If there has ever been a time for Christians to flee out of the poisonous pastures of false ministers to graze in the green pastures of sound doctrine, it is NOW. Do I hear an Amen?