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What’s Happened to the Fire in the Pulpit?                         In Massillon Independent Feb. 21, 2014

Calling all preachers! Please preach the Word of God to set the course of our families, cities, states and nation toward God.  Pastors are the spiritual leaders of our cities, teaching and preaching truth through relational involvement. Rowland Hill, an English preacher, said “I don’t like those mighty fine preachers who round off their sentences so beautifully that they are sure to roll off the sinners conscience.” We undeniably need voices of conviction and character today. Even though it makes people uncomfortable or meddles in their personal preferences, men like Martin Luther King Jr. would never have brought change to the consciousness of the nation’s injustice of racism.

When a culture moves from God’s ordained design, we experience dysfunction and relational deterioration in  marriages and other vital relationships.  We end up using people instead of exhibiting respect, honor, honesty, and commitment.  Behaviors previously deemed wrong become acceptable; addictions run rampant (money, possessions, drugs, sexual immorality).  In seeking fulfillment in these things,  people find themselves unsatisfied causing them further entrapment like quicksand.  With these unfortunate results of men’s hearts drifting from God, someone needs to point them back to a God centered culture, loving people enough to tell them the truth, helping them walk it out.   

Listen to the words of A.W.Tozer: What God says to the church at any given time period depends altogether upon her [the church’s] moral and spiritual condition, and upon the spiritual need of the hour. Religious leaders who continue to mechanically expound the scripture without regard to the current religious situation are no better than the scribes and lawyers of Jesus’ day who faithfully parroted the law without the remotest notion of what was going on around them spiritually…The prophets never made that mistake nor wasted their efforts in that manner. They invariably spoke to the condition of the people of their times.

It’s time to take a look at where we are and quit looking for someone else [politicians, social programs, more money] to solve our problems. This is a heart issue!

Doug Stringer said: “We live in a world of global challenges and seeming uncertainties. The faith of many has been shaken, causing disillusionments, disappointments and discouragements. Their vision of hope and faith is blurred so they are distracted from God’s intended destination for their lives. We need voices of truth with a timely and critical message that reminds us of the proper foundations and order of faith, equipping us to fight the good fight of faith. We are not in need of more opinions and ideas by theorists, but rather those who lead us in the paths of truth and great expectations that only comes from a hope beyond ourselves. We need a divine revelation and intervention. We need the manifold wisdom and practical wisdom of God for the challenging times in which we live. May we humble ourselves, pray (prayerlessness in private is powerlessness in pubic), and seek God’s face and divine intervention. May we turn around.”

The alarm is sounding, like a siren being heard of a coming storm, the time has come for us to turn toward God, do that which pleases Him, or judgment is imminent to reset a nation through God’s unfailing love. May we have an awakening!!!

 

Rev. H.Berry Carter

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