The Gospel Truth Sinners Need to Know and How We Need to Tell Them
On top of that a great many of the few who do go out, proclaim the gospel wrongly. They emphasize the love of John 3:16 but avoid the condemnation of John 3:18 and the abiding wrath of John 3:36.
How then are we to properly proclaim the gospel? We pave the path to grace by crushing rock hard hearts with God's law. Gal. 3:24 The sinner must know they are justly condemned under holy God's holy law. They must know that the wrath of God hang's over them, and that He is ready to justly throw them into an eternal hell for their many sins.
Friends, the Bible, and especially Jesus never failed to explain the reality of hell and the horrible pain those who go there endure forever. He also used the law to show people their sin. If the rich young ruler ran up and fell at the feet of most professing Christians, and asked how he could be saved, most would lead him in an un biblical sinners prayer and promise eternal life based on the supposed sincerity of their prayer.
Jesus however gave the young man the 10 commandments and let him leave sad, because he loved his money more than God.
The Samaritan woman at the well was confronted about her adultery by Jesus before she was offered hope in His person. The prostitute caught in the act was both forgiven and commanded to, "Go and sin no more."
Friends, we need to proclaim the gospel and proclaim it rightly. We need to let the law as tutor lead sinners to the grace of the gospel. We need to be lights in a dark world by showing the contrast between the light and the darkness. The beautiful diamond of the gospel shines brightest and is seen most clearly on the death black backdrop of the velvet of man's sin.
This world is growing ever darker and more and more worthy of the judgment promised by Christ. Woe to us, as we've had such light and yet permit and yes even live in such darkness. God grant cleansing and repentance in your people and send them in strength to this dying world!