All the Bad Things
| If you wanted to
sell something, would you give a prominent place to listing all the bad
things about it? It sometimes seems some who preach try to win people to
the Lord's church while bashing the members. There is a time and place for
correction of brethren, but to parade the "dirty linen"
constantly before the world does nothing to attract people to the Lord. We
must remember that the divine side of the Lord's church is perfect and
this is that which we wish to promote. That there are problems in the
lives of members has been true since Pentecost. But that is the human
side. It seems the shortcoming of brethren is the theme of some preachers
more than the divine things that God wants us to believe and accept.
Negative and positive preaching is necessary. But there should be the exercise of some wisdom and discretion when to do either. We should want people to see the glory of Christ in the church; not all the stumbling that may characterize the lives of some. Why should somebody want to align themselves with people who are so bad? Show the good sometimes.