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PREACHING WITH “JUDGMENTAL & HARSH” WORDS? BIBLICAL EXAMPLES OF HOW TO PREACH

We must 1st establish what true, biblical love is and what a Christian is called to to. It’s to “love our neighbour”. What does that mean? Bake them cookies as they are steeped in sin? Pat them on the back and hang out with them as they go to a false”emergent” church that is full of sinners? Of course not! Jesus was no friend of sinners and neither is a true Christian who walks holy. Let’s go to the command: Leviticus 19:17 “Thou shalt not hate thy brother in thine heart: thou shalt in any wise REBUKE THY NEIGHBOUR, and NOT SUFFER SIN UPON HIM.” We always hear from the false, lukewarm “Revelation 3:16” professing “christian”; “Do not Judge”, “Why don’t you preach love and acceptance like Jesus did?”, “Jesus always spoke kindly and gently so He could draw people to Him”, “You are pushing people away”, “Who are you to judge?”, “I’ve heard these preachers call people names like ‘hypocrite’ and ‘child of Hell’. That’s horrible! Jesus would never do that!”, etc, etc. 
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Let’s go to the bible to see what words Jesus and others used in trying to win souls:

Matthew 7:5 Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.

Matthew 12:34 O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.

Matthew 15:7 [Ye] hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying,

Matthew 15:14 Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.

Matthew 16:3 And in the morning, [It will be] foul weather to day: for the sky is red and lowring. O [ye] hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not [discern] the signs of the times?

Matthew 22:18 But Jesus perceived their wickedness, and said, Why tempt ye me, [ye] hypocrites?

Matthew 23:13 But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in [yourselves], neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in.

Matthew 23:14 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows’ houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation.

Matthew 23:15 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.

Matthew 23:16 Woe unto you, [ye] blind guides, which say, Whosoever shall swear by the temple, it is nothing; but whosoever shall swear by the gold of the temple, he is a debtor!

Matthew 23:17 [Ye] fools and blind: for whether is greater, the gold, or the temple that sanctifieth the gold?

Matthew 23:19 [Ye] fools and blind: for whether [is] greater, the gift, or the altar that sanctifieth the gift?

Matthew 23:23 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier [matters] of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.

Matthew 23:24 [Ye] blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel.

Matthew 23:25 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess.

Matthew 23:26 [Thou] blind Pharisee, cleanse first that [which is] within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also.

Matthew 23:27 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead [men’s] bones, and of all uncleanness.

Matthew 23:29 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish the sepulchres of the righteous,

Matthew 23:33 [Ye] serpents, [ye] generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?

Mark 7:6 He answered and said unto them, Well hath Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoureth me with [their] lips, but their heart is far from me.

Luke 6:42 Either how canst thou say to thy brother, Brother, let me pull out the mote that is in thine eye, when thou thyself beholdest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, cast out first the beam out of thine own eye, and then shalt thou see clearly to pull out the mote that is in thy brother’s eye.

Luke 11:40 [Ye] fools, did not he that made that which is without make that which is within also?

Luke 11:44 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are as graves which appear not, and the men that walk over [them] are not aware [of them].

Luke 12:20 But God said unto him, [Thou] fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?

Luke 12:56 [Ye] hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky and of the earth; but how is it that ye do not discern this time?

Luke 13:15 The Lord then answered him, and said, [Thou] hypocrite, doth not each one of you on the sabbath loose his ox or [his] ass from the stall, and lead [him] away to watering?

Luke 24:25 Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken:

John 8:44 Ye are of [your] father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

John 8:55 Yet ye have not known him; but I know him: and if I should say, I know him not, I shall be a liar like unto you: but I know him, and keep his saying.

Revelation 3:17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:

Ok. Well, I could be wrong in that respect. But I heard those judgmental preachers telling people they were going to Hell if they refused to ‘repent of their sins’. Jesus never said things like that!

Matthew 5:22 But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.

Mark 9:43-44 And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched: Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.

Mark 9:45-46 And if thy foot offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter halt into life, than having two feet to be cast into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched: Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.

Mark 9:47-48 And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out: it is better for thee to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire: Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.

Luke 10:15 And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted to heaven, shalt be thrust down to hell.

Luke 12:5 But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him.

Revelation 21:8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

How about other preachers in the Bible?

Like Isaiah…

Isaiah 19:11 Surely the princes of Zoan [are] fools, the counsel of the wise counsellors of Pharaoh is become brutish: how say ye unto Pharaoh, I [am] the son of the wise, the son of ancient kings?

Isaiah 56:10 His watchmen [are] blind: they are all ignorant, they [are] all dumb dogs, they cannot bark; sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber.

Isaiah 56:11 Yea, [they are] greedy dogs [which] can never have enough, and they [are] shepherds [that] cannot understand: they all look to their own way, every one for his gain, from his quarter.

Isa 57:3 But draw near hither, ye sons of the sorceress, the seed of the adulterer and the whore.

Only love and acceptance?

Jeremiah…

Jeremiah 3:3 Therefore the showers have been withholden, and there hath been no latter rain; and thou hadst a whore’s forehead, thou refusedst to be ashamed.

Jeremiah 50:36 A sword [is] upon the liars; and they shall dote: a sword [is] upon her mighty men; and they shall be dismayed.

Nothing but gentleness?

Ezekiel…

Ezekiel 7:8-9 Now will I shortly pour out my fury upon thee, and accomplish mine anger upon thee: and I will judge thee according to thy ways, and will recompense thee for all thine abominations. And mine eye shall not spare, neither will I have pity: I will recompense thee according to thy ways and thine abominations that are in the midst of thee; and ye shall know that I am the LORD that smiteth. 

Ezekiel 16:28 And I will judge thee, as women that break wedlock and shed blood are judged; and I will give thee blood in fury and jealousy. Thou hast played the whore also with the Assyrians, because thou wast unsatiable; yea, thou hast played the harlot with them, and yet couldest not be satisfied.

Ezekiel 16:38 And I will judge thee, as women that break wedlock and shed blood are judged; and I will give thee blood in fury and jealousy.

Ezekiel 21:25 And thou, profane wicked prince of Israel, whose day is come, when iniquity [shall have] an end,

Very gentle, huh?

John the Baptist…

Matthew 3:7 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?

Luke 3:7 Then said he to the multitude that came forth to be baptized of him, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?

Sound familiar? He used the exact same words as Jesus Himself (Matt 23:33) by calling the proud poisonous SNAKES. John the Baptist sure knew how to follow Jesus example of being gentle to all and careful not to “push people away from God”, didn’t he?

Paul…

Romans 1:18, 26-32  18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; 26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:  27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.  28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;  29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,  30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,  31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:  32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them. 

1 Corinthians 6:9-10  Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.

1 Corinthians 15:36 [Thou] fool, that which thou sowest is not quickened, except it die:

Galatians 1:8-9 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, If any [man] preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.

Galatians 5:12 I would they were even cut off which trouble you.

Ephesians 5:5-6 For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.

1 Timothy 1:10 For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine;

Hebrews 12:8 But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.

I’m starting to think these holy men got a failing grade in Gentle Acceptance Preaching 101.

James…

James 4:4,8-9 Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. 8)Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse [your] hands, [ye] sinners; and purify [your] hearts, [ye] double minded. 9) Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse [your] hands, [ye] sinners; and purify [your] hearts, [ye] double minded.
Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and [your] joy to heaviness.

James 2:20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?

James 5:1-3 Go to now, [ye] rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon [you]. Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are motheaten. Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire…

Eat your flesh as it were fire? Wow! If anyone knew how to draw people to God by gentleness and acceptance, it was James.

This could go on and on and on, but the conclusion is abundantly clear. If you are to make a judgement concerning any preacher, or anyone who witnesses biblically, which concludes that they are morally wrong in making hard statements or speaking harsh rebukes to proud sinners, you have no Biblical foundation with which to support said judgement. Many criticize preachers who severely reprove sinners, saying that they misrepresent Jesus. They say that they turn people away from God. They claim that Jesus Christ never preached this way, and therefore these street preachers are giving Christianity and Jesus a bad name. In doing so, these critics are speaking of an imaginary Jesus. The Jesus they claim to be referencing does not exist. Their Jesus is more like Mister Rogers. But guess what? You don’t get crucified by acting like Mister Rogers. There is a reason why the prophets were murdered, why the disciples were murdered and why mobs of people couldn’t wait to kill the Lord Jesus Christ, and it wasn’t because they preached, “God loves everyone just the way they are.” It also wasn’t because they preached love, acceptance and tolerance to all. Jesus told us exactly why in John 7.

John 7:7, “The world cannot hate you; but me it hateth, BECAUSE I TESTIFY OF IT, THAT THE WORKS THEREOF ARE EVIL.” 

If you happen to be one of those critics, one of those people saying that “hard” preachers are misrepresenting Jesus Christ, you have a big problem! The problem is that you are saying they are not being like Jesus Christ. But there is ONLY one Jesus Christ, and He called proud sinners wolves, hypocrites, children of the devil, fools, blind guides, vipers, evil, white washed tombs, wretched, miserable, devils, abominable, whoremongers, idolaters… how long does it go on before you confess to your false judgments, critic? He warned people so graphically of eternal hell fire, that He said that they would weep and gnash their teeth in fire and torment with brimstone and worms that never would die in a fire that would never be quenched… FOREVER!

To take some velvet gloves, gentle only, smooth “loving” approach to proud, arrogant, mocking sinners, is to purposely avoid following Jesus Christ’s example OF preaching. So the question to you, preaching critic, is would you suggest that all preachers of the gospel endeavor to be un-Christlike? Was the Apostle Paul un-Christlike when he called people backbiters, God haters, liars, drunkards, thieves and whoremongers? Was James being un-Christlike when he called adulterers, adulterers and adulteresses, adulteresses? No. They along with every other true preacher of righteousness, were being just like Jesus. It is by the FEAR of God that men depart from evil (Proverbs 16:6). It’s a sharp rebuke that can lead a proud immoral person to becoming sound in the faith (Titus 1:13 “This witness is true. Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith;”). There is only one condition in which a person receives the grace and gentle mercy of God, and that is humility. God RESISTS the proud, and ONLY gives grace to the humble (James 4:6 “…God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.”). You will find NOT ONE instance in scripture when Jesus Christ extended mercy and grace to the proud-hearted. Only a Biblically illiterate, blind guide would do such a thing. Such a “minister” would only make sinners feel affirmed and reassured in their rebellion to God, and would themselves be an accomplice to their eternal damnation!

WHY DOES A TRUE CHRISTIAN REPROVE (REBUKE) A SINNER. OUT OF LOVE FOR THEIR SOUL AND IT’S COMMANDED

2 Timothy 4:2 “Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.”

A CHRISTIAN IS NOT TO YOKE (HANG OUT) WITH A SINNER. THEY ARE TO REPROVE THEM

Ephesians 5:11 “And have NO FELLOWSHIP with the unfruitful works of darkness(SINNERS), but rather REPROVE THEM.”

Psalm 26:9-10 “Gather not my soul with SINNERS, nor my life with bloody men: 10 In whose hands is mischief, and their right hand is full of bribes.”

YOU CONDEMN THEM YOU WILL PERISH IN HELLFIRE WITH THEM

Pro 11:21 “Though hand join in hand, the wicked shall not be unpunished: but the seed of the righteous shall be delivered.”

Pro 17:15 “He that justifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the just, even they both are abomination to the LORD.”

There is a great scourge in this world today. It’s called the apostate gospel. It has an invented god who is all loving and does not hate wickedness. Therefore, it commands you to teach its apostate message extolling all of God’s wonders and none of His WARNINGS. This apostate gospel has produced a perpetual whining, bleeding heart, crybaby parade that absolutely hates true biblical soul winning. Consequently, it has produced scores of people who cannot hear the true revelation of God’s Word above the sound of their constant murmuring, crying and complaining against the true preachers of God’s righteousness. They say things like, “You are being judgmental!”, “You have no right to judge!”. All the while, they are displaying themselves to be the most outrageous hypocrites of all, because the statements that have just left their mouths are what? JUDGMENTS. They are fulfilling the Word spoken by the prophet Isaiah 5:20 “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!”

If you are one of these blind, whining, murmuring complainers marching along following blind guides who are leading you around in the perpetual crybaby parade, you must realize that all of these hard words from the TRUE, LIVING, HOLY GOSPEL are pointed directly at you. This is doubtless why you raise such a fuss when you hear such things. You need to recognize that you have a much bigger problem than some true Christian who has offended you. You need to realize that you are speaking against the true everlasting gospel, and you need to heed the words themselves and forsake your sins! You must look at all of those horrifying Hellfire warnings and take them personally! Your easy-believism, smooth speeches, pseudo gospel has never saved a single soul, including yours! So recognize your own personal sin before a Holy, Righteous Judge who has eternal fiery indignation awaiting them that speak against Him, and cry out to Him to save you and cleanse you from all of your iniquity. Then, not only will “confrontational” (BIBLICAL) preaching not offend you, but you will do some yourself and help save others who are caught in the same blinding snare as you.

It will be too late at your last breath:

Jude 1:14-15 “And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, 15 TO EXECUTE JUDGMENT upon all, and to convince all that are UNGODLY (SINNERS) among them of all their UNGODLY DEEDS (SIN) which they have ungodly committed (AS HATERS OF JESUS & RIGHTEOUSNESS), and of all their hard speeches which UNGODLY SINNERS have spoken against him.”

1St Peter 4:18 “And if the RIGHTEOUS SCARCELY BE SAVED, WHERE SHALL THE UNGODLY AND SINNER APPEAR?”

To Jesus Christ be all the glory forever and ever AMEN!