“5 Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned:
6 From which some having swerved have turned aside unto vain jangling;
7 Desiring to be teachers of the law; understanding neither what they say, nor whereof they affirm.” 1 Timothy 1:5-7.
Many have turned aside to vain jangling. Desiring to be teachers but understand neither what they say, nor what they declare….yet they declare it regardless because they are vain janglers. With their many words, they say nothing at all. The conscience of the congregation is soothed and their faith feigned (pretend). The faith of the people is not authored nor finished by Jesus Christ but by vain janglers which results in every wind of doctrine tossing them to and fro.
“17 For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the Gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the Cross of Christ should be made of none effect.
18 For the preaching of the Cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.” 1 Corinthians 1:17-18.
There remains a lost and dying world out there that need to hear Who Jesus Christ is and what He did on Calvary’s Cross to redeem them from this evil and fallen world. They need the comfort of the Holy Spirit when a loved one dies, the healing that Jesus provided on Calvary’s Cross and to be set free from the sin that has so easily beset them. We, within ourselves, are not able to change the hearts of the lost and bound. We cannot break the power of sin.
The seeker sensitive church will attempt to make them feel better for a minute. Perhaps soothe their conscience for attending church. Yet they came in bound and they leave bound because Jesus Christ was not lifted up for their deliverance. At best they were distracted from their problems for a couple of hours while everyone else’s ears were tickled by the vain jangling.
Why not just preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified?
“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ lives in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me.” Galatians 2:20
Jesus Christ came to die on Calvary’s Cross because He loved us. He does not love us because He died for us…let that sink in for a moment. The Lord now sits at the Right Hand of the Throne of God searching to and fro throughout the whole earth to show Himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward Him. Seek Him and you will find Him.
-Donna Clark Warren