Once upon a time,in the land called Feel Good, there was a Church. This new Church was called the Church of the Comfortable and Tolerant. Very recently, this Church hired a new Pastor, Pastor Peace Keeper, who just graduated from the Seminary of Smooth Talking. The congregation of the Comfortable and Tolerant loved the new Pastor’s sermons. Some of their favourites were “God is happy with Everyone”, “Everything is fine and Dandy”, and “There is nothing but good times Ahead”.
Pastor Peace Keeper once made a terrible mistake. He wrongfully allowed Mr. Conscience into the pulpit. Mr. Conscience did nothing but call human mistakes “sins”, and called the good folks of the congregation to “repent”. Mr. Conscience had never been to the Seminary of Smooth Talking, and maybe he should have before attempting to preach. The congregation of the Comfortable and Tolerant were shocked at Mr. Conscience’s audacity and arrogance. They said things among themselves like, “Who does this self-righteous legalist think he is, coming and talking to us like that! Why should we allow this false preacher among us any longer to continue to persecute us?”
Pastor Peace Keeper terribly regretted letting Mr. Conscience into the pulpit. Mr. Conscience has betrayed the trust he had with the Pastor. So Pastor Peace Keeper asked Mr. Conscience to please leave the church, as he was not welcome there any longer. Everyone was happy that Mr. Conscience was asked to leave, except one member called Holy Spirit. So Holy Spirit and Mr. Conscience left together. and after a while, nobody even noticed that they were gone.
Once things were back to normal, the way they had always been, everyone was happy once again in the land called Feel Good. Pastor Peace Keeper continued to sugar coat sweet and wonderful lies, that made everyone comfortable in their sins, and heavily guarded his pulpit from abrasive truth. Who could blame him? You see, the Pastor loved his new home, his new church, and of course, he loved his new income. He couldn’t put such precious things on the line! So he absolutely guaranteed that the Church of the Comfortable and Tolerant were as satisfied and as happy as they could be while they sat in their complacency.
They lived the rest of their days happily ever after.
That is, until they were finally cast into hell.
The point: Rather than preparing the way of the Lord, and making His paths straight, preachers are removing the bumps in the road to hell to make it as comfortable as possible for those who travel on them. The backslidden church utterly refuses to remove the log out of her own eye, and therefore also utterly refuses to remove anything from anyone else’s eyes. She vehemently opposes those who try to do so also. God help those who attempt to clean up the church and the world!
Joseph Parks said it best: “The man whose little sermon is “repent” sets himself against his age, and will… be battered mercilessly by the age whose moral tone he challenges. There is but one end for such a man. “Off with his head!” You had better not try to preach repentance until you have pledged your head to heaven.”
(C) Jesse Morrell (Used with permission)