SHAME ON YOU!

2 Timothy 1:7 – KJV – For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

This verse is one that we take out of context many times. The spirit of what is usually preached by this verse is in the Bible: Fear not. Do not be afraid. Have faith. Most of the verses that speak of this use the word Phobos or Phobio. It is easy to see that we get the word, phobia, from this. But in 2 Timothy 1:7, that is not the word being used. It is delia: timidity, cowardice, fearfulness.

When we look at the verse in context, we get the full impact of what is being said.

2 Timothy 1:6 – 8 KJV – Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands. For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God;

 From the context, we see that what is being said is this: Do not be timid in delivering the message of the gospel for God did not intend for us to hold back. But in this modern time, we are ashamed and timid to deliver the full message of the gospel. We have been beat down by the world telling us that it is not politically correct to actually call sin, sin. We have been silenced by the church who is more interested in building their numbers and being a social center of the community. So, in this passage, we are told to stir the gift up, do not hold back. When we hold back, we are telling God that we are ashamed to be aligned with Him and His standards.

Romans 1:16 – NAS – For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.

  If you have wondered, “how do I get the power of God?”, you do not need to wonder any more. The gospel IS the power of God. Now we see why we are lacking power in our churches and in our messages: we are ashamed of the gospel. We do not want to “tell it like it is”. We are timid in our approach to sin. I suspect it is because we do not want to offend. The result? We are not winning the world. We have the real solution to all the problems of the world and yet we let the world stop us from delivering the message.

Now I am not talking about the wild-eyed, Bible thumping, hyperventilating preaching that is portrayed at times. That scares even me. I am talking about speaking the truth in love……but speaking the truth. According to Ephesians chapter 4, that is the whole mission of the 5 fold ministry. If you do not speak the truth, you are not loving people. Anything sugar-coated that allows people to continue in their sinful practices is doing them a severe injustice.

I heard a story on the news about a man who was arrested for child molestation in a church here in Florida. He was the youth leader and had been in that position for 3 years. It is a shame that things like this happen inside the churches.

But the real shame is that we are not preaching strong enough to change even the people that sit under our ministry Sunday after Sunday. When an open heaven occurs, people will not be able to sit in a church for years and continue doing this type of thing. Under an open heaven, the conviction of the Holy Spirit is so strong that people have to get with the program or get out. They will not be able to stay, hidden in the shadows. If they are unwilling to repent, they will be exposed and will find it too uncomfortable.

But our modern churches are trying to make it comfortable for everyone to be there. It is a change in your nature that God is interested in, not your comfort. So, let us lay the blame where it belongs: we are too timid to bring the gospel in power. Until we become the preachers we were intended to be, nothing will change. Will we join with Him to help people out of the sin that destroys their lives? Change can not occur without a preacher to bring the message. Will you be that one?

 

Romans 10:14 – KJV – How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?

2 thoughts on “SHAME ON YOU!

  1. Jean Moon says:

    When I was growing up I always found comfort in walking into my Dad’s office and seeing Romans 1:16 on the wall. I knew that was where my Dad stood: Unashamed.

    A few months ago my beloved Uncle John Gregory passed on to be with the Lord in heaven. He has left a legacy of one who loved the Lord Jesus Christ and was not ashamed of the gospel. After he was no longer able to work, he would go to Walmart or Kmart to the snack area and drink coffee. He had a large wooden cross hanging on a leather string around his neck. He wore this on purpose because it would peak people’s curiosity and they would ask about it. Then he would tell them about Jesus dying on the cross for their sins and they hope of glory we have in Christ.

    As the world portrays Christians as evil and hateful, it makes it harder to stand for the truth and to preach the gospel. Saying something is a sin, the world tells us, is being hateful and unloving. Yet, Paul said, in I Corinthians 2, “When I came to you brothers I did not come with eloquence or superior wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God. For I resolved to know knowing while I was among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.” Verses 1-2.

    Then in verses 3-5, he states, “I came to you in weakness and fear, and with much trembling. My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on God’s wisdom, but on God’s power.”

    The power came from preaching the simple gospel, which is the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

    The cross is offensive. We were told it would be so.
    “Jews demand miraculous signs and Greeks look for wisdom but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to the Jews and foolishness to Gentiles.” vs 22-23a.

    As teachers and preachers we will be held accountable for withholding the gospel of the cross – the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus. May no ones soul miss heaven and be accounted unto me for not telling the real gospel of Jesus.

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