The world cannot hate you, but it hates Me because I testify of it that its works are evil. –Jesus in John 7:7
Even in conservative evangelical circles, the old practice of pastors PREACHING AGAINST SIN AND EVIL has been discarded; and even “disproven” by the new clever ideas of grace, non-judgmentalism, and love.
This idea is not new though. Its old. It’s called antinomianism—or anti-law-ism. And in undermining the authority of God’s law, it always tries to hide under a cover-up theme: grace, love, Holy Spirit, imputed righteousness of Christ, and other themes. I believe the devil works his hardest on the minds of pastors in this area of lawlessness (Matthew 7:23; 23:28): he knows that without holiness no one will see the Lord (Hebrews 12:14). So, if he could just get pastors to forget God’s law or see it as unimportant for Christians, then he knows the pastors won’t preach it, and the church will continue to wallow in complacency and carnality (Matthew 24:12).
PREACHING AGAINST SIN AND EVIL comes from Puritan and classic Methodist type preachers. Those were men who held a deep fear of Hell and high reverence of God’s law.
Not so with today’s pastors. “Her priests have violated My law and profaned My holy things; they have not distinguished between the holy and unholy” (Ezekiel 22:26). Beware of lawless pastors and their popularity! Their sermons and churches are “wood, hay, and stubble” (1 Corinthians 3:12-13). All their works are filthy rags and will not pass the test on Judgment Day (Isaiah 64:6), because they know the right way to steer their churches–THEY KNOW BETTER, but consistently choose not to…so they could be self-promoting, name-promoting, vain, useless preachers of nothingness. Not preaching repentance or faith in the cross–and why? Because they’re “pastors” they say. Preaching repentance is not “their ministry.”
It’s just the truth; and I love you enough to say it (Ephesians 4:15).
Further Reading on Antinomianism
Baxter, Richard. The Scripture Gospel Defended.
Fletcher, John. Checks to Antinomianism.
Gunter, W. Stephen. The Limits of Love Divine.
Jones, Mark. Antinomianism: Reformed Theology’s Unwelcome Guest?
Packer, J. I. Concise Theology, p. 176: “Antinomianism.”
Rutherford, Samuel. A Survey of the Spiritual Antichrist.
Wesley, John. “A Dialogue Between an Antinomian and His Friend.”