by J. Gerald Harris

Sound Forth the Trumpet
Gerald Harris
I Corinthians 14:8

At Southeastern Seminary I had Dr. Leo Green as my professor of Old Testament. He was a great man of God and a marvelous teacher. His studies in Isaiah were absolutely thrilling. When we got to Isaiah 58 he preached his famous sermon on "Lifting Up Your Voice with the Sound of a Trumpet." He said, "There are too many preachers who preach little piccolo sermons. We need sermons that are proclaimed with the clarion call of the trumpet."
I believe that is even more true today than it was 40 years ago. Isaiah boldly declares, "Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and show my people their transgressions, and the house of Israel their sins" (Isaiah 58: 1).
Go read the sermons of some of the preachers of years gone by. Read Jonathan Edward's sermon: "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God".
This what he said, "The God that holds you over the pit of hell, much as one holds a spider, or some loathsome insect over the fire, abhors you, and is dreadfully provoked. His wrath burns like fire: He looks upon you as worthy of nothing else, but to be cast into the fire; He is of purer eyes than to bear to have you in his sight; you are ten thousand times more abominable in his eyes than the most hateful, venomous serpent is in ours."
Today we are told that in order to reach our contemporary society we must address the felt needs of our people and create an non-threatening environment in our churches so that we will give evidence of a sensitivity to all the seekers that are going to be flocking to our churches.
We are to be mild mannered men preaching mild mannered messages to mild mannered people so that will become more mild mannered. Too many preachers are giving out sermonettes to Christianettes who are still in spiritual bassinettes. We need to be sounding forth the trumpet that shall never sound retreat.
A friend asked Henry Ward Beecher: "What would you do if the man next to you ...

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