Preaching Fire & Brimstone, Or Hope, Or Both?

Which one shall I preach?

When a person get the call to the ministry by the Lord, some of them are closer to the moment the Lord saved them from sin.

Why do the preachers preach fire and brimstone at the beginning of their ministry?

  • Usually it’s out of preaching with very high emotions and a sense of urgency.

We know that people die every day. In fact, every 24 hours, it’s estimated that 150,000+ die throughout the entire world, and enter into eternity.

To put the 150,000 in perspective, that’s 6250 persons an hour.

But where does the spirit of man go after expiration?

Notice what the Lord Jesus said in Matthew 7:13-14 (NKJV Strong’s)

“Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.

Destruction?

John 3:16 (NKJV Strong’s) “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

Notice what the Lord Jesus said…..”shall not perish.” But look also at 2 Peter 3:9 (NKJV Strong’s) “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.”

If you haven’t noticed, it’s the combination of both that gets the job done. We must remember, we can’t condemn the world. We are sent to share the hope of the gospel, but we must also tell them the penalty for failing to obey the gospel. This is the incentive necessary to compel men to be saved.

It’s not the will of the Father that men perish. The Lord sent His Son, the Lord Jesus, to die for our sins. This is the gospel in its purest form. People are dying, not just of the coronavirus, but other diseases and the thought of death should be enough to compel us to get saved.

Proverbs 23:17-18 (NKJV Strong’s) “Do not let your heart envy sinners,
But be zealous for the fear of the Lord all the day; For surely there is a hereafter,
And your hope will not be cut off.”

If you fail to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with people, you’re negligent of the call of God on your life.

So yes, we preach both.

One cannot do without the other. People need to be warned but they also need the hope of the gospel to be saved.

Published by The Minister's Crucible

The Minister's Crucible is designed to inform the Body of Christ about the inner workings of the ministry. The word Crucible from Latin, is "crux" where we get the word "cross" from. It also means a "metal container" where metals and other substances are melted or are subjected to higher temperatures, put to the temperature test. The Lord Jesus said "If any man desires to follow after Me, let him deny himself, take up his cross, and follow Me." Let's take up our cross and follow Him.

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