I know Christians should meet together as scripture teaches, but many times I have to wonder what the point is. I understand fellowship with other believers is valuable for spiritual and emotional support in this increasingly Godless world, but what about the preaching? Where are the men of God like Charles Spurgeon, John Wesley, George Whitefield and others from around the turn of the century who weren’t afraid to preach the truth! They taught to fear God and not man! They weren’t afraid to preach about sin, repentance and judgment. But there are a few. I am so thankful for men like John MacArthur, Gary Hedrick, T.A. McMahon, Dave Hunt and others in our day who aren’t afraid to teach the same message Jesus taught… that we need to humble ourselves, repent and walk in righteousness because there is a Day of Judgment coming after which the unrepentant will be thrown into hell.
Tragically, this kind of preaching doesn’t seem to be the norm anymore… especially in any of the churches I have visited over the past several years. I would like to know if anyone has ever heard their pastor warn their congregation that they will go to hell if they don’t know Christ. And I don’t mean that “eternal separation from God” stuff. They have to say the word “hell.” Pastors today are all about love… and that’s fine, but if these pastors really love their flocks, don’t you think they should be warning those who are listening about coming judgment and to get right with God?