Good Humor Men?

Do we prefer to be clever or truthful?

The Work of Shepherds (7)

Preach the word! Be ready in season andout of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. 2 Timothy 4.2

Christianity and Liberalism
J. Gresham Machen (1881-1937)
“The truth is, the God of modern preaching, though He may perhaps be very good, is rather uninteresting. Nothing is so insipid as indiscriminate good humor. Is that really love that costs so little? If God will necessarily forgive, no matter what we do, why trouble ourselves about Him at all? Such a God may deliver us from the fear of hell. But His heaven, if he has any, is full of sin.”

The first sermon of the Christian era left hearers deeply convicted and stabbed to the heart. They cried out, “Men and brethren, what shall we do?” They were desperate to be relieved of the burden of guilt for having participated – if only by ignorance – in the murder of God’s Son and Messiah, and in the practice of sin. Today people aren’t much convicted by our sermons. If they are, they might go somewhere else, where the preaching comforts and affirms, and does not presume to call them to repentance. So we try to be good humor men in the pulpit, telling stories, offering comfort and assurance, and being careful not to suggest that someone or some practice might be sinful. And even if sin is in our midst, we preach a Jesus of grace Who knows us and loves us anyway. And we do this, calling ourselves Bible-believing, evangelical Christians. We are not. Where are the shepherds who will lead us back to the right path?

How can you tell when your preaching is designed to convict people of sin? How can you tell when it actually does?

T. M. Moore

Prayer for Revival
Revival begins as God moves on His people to seek Him in prayer (Ps. 80.18). He is appointing watchmen on the wall to take no rest and give Him no rest, as they unite in prayer for revival, renewal, and awakening. Shouldn’t you be praying with other men for revival? Write for our free series of daily readings, Give Him No Rest, and let Jonathan Edwards explain why praying for revival is so important. Write to John Nunnikhoven at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and request your free copy in PDF. Then write to me and I’ll tell you how you can join an existing group of men who pray together online each month for the Lord to revive us. Or find out how you can start a group of your own. Write me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If you want to learn more about praying for revival, order our book, Restore Us! by clicking here.

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Except as indicated, Scripture taken from the New King James Version. © Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
All quotations from J. Gresham Machen, Christianity and Liberalism(Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 1923, 1974).

T.M. Moore

T. M. Moore is principal of The Fellowship of Ailbe, a spiritual fellowship in the Celtic Christian tradition. He and his wife, Susie, make their home in Essex Junction, VT. 

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