by Jeff Schreve

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When Sin Gets in the Pulpit (4 of 9)
Series: God's Last Word to a Lost Generation
Jeff Schreve
Malachi 2:1-9

I heard one guy who was on television and he was talking about getting on in New York. And he said that they talked to the station and said, ''Well, you know, we don't have an offensive message. It's just an encouraging message.'' I was thinking to myself, You know, if you preach the Word of God, it's offensive, because the Word of God tells people, number one, right off the bat, you're a sinner. That's offensive. A lot of people don't like to hear that. Try it tomorrow at work. Just walk up to somebody, ''Hey, how are you? Well, you're a sinner.'' You know they (laughter) kind of get offended. They don't like that. It's true! Everybody's a sinner. All have sinned. But if you're preaching a message that is just encouraging and is not offensive, you're not preaching the gospel, because Jesus preached a message and the people got so angry with Him, they nailed Him to a tree. Stephen preached a message and they got so mad at him that they stopped up their ears and they rushed upon him. And they were gnashing their teeth, and they stoned him to death. Peter preached. They crucified him upside down. Paul preached the gospel and they cut his head off. We've gotten away from what we are called to do and what we are called to be. And one of the reasons is because the water of the world has gotten into the church. It's gotten into our lives. And we've become so much like the world that you can't tell the difference. And it's not just what's going on today. This has been going on for a long time. God told His people in the Book of Malachi, and He says sin has gotten into the very church, into the very worship of God. And it wasn't just with the people. It started at the top. It started with the priests and the leaders in the church. Malachi chapter 2 says this: ''And now this commandment is for you, O priests'' Stop right there. Some of you are saying, ''Hey, th ...

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