The Death of Two Preachers' Sons
I hold very stern opinions with regard to Christian men who have fallen into gross sin. I rejoice that they may be truly converted, and may be mingled with hope and caution received into the church; but I question, gravely question whether a man who has grossly sinned should be very readily restored to the pulpit as John Angell James remarks, ''When a preacher of righteousness has stood in the way of sinners, he should never again open his lips in the great congregation until his repentance is as notorious as his sin.''
My belief is that we should be very slow to help back to the pulpit men, who having once been tried, have proved themselves to have too little grace to stand the crucial test of ministerial life.
Charles Spurgeon, quoted in Point Man, Steve Farrar, pp. 77-8
Friends that message is clear and there is nothing obscure about it. You don't need a P.H.D. to understand the impact of it. Well when it comes to the Bible its message is clear. Today we are going to look at an awesome message from the word of God. And the message is straight forward and to the point.
The Bible is a unique Book. Its ministry and message is clear. There is nothing secret or obscure about it. Every page of it can stand, and indeed welcome the scrutiny of public investigation. Often you will hear a liberal say,
''We need to re-examine the bible. Friend it is not the Bible that needs to be re-examined it is those liberals.''
It fears nothing when infidels and atheists examine its message. Its ministry and message is universal. It makes no difference as to who people are as to where they live or when they live. It is the book for every man. It holds back nothing as it declares the wickedness of a human heart. It is open and frank about all of whom it speaks.
We turn to a chapter that opens the sad conduct and bitter consequences of a preacher's two sons. Notice some things about them:-
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