Loving the Members of the Church

Richard Baxter said, “Don’t pretend to love your people if you favor their sins.” Any pastor who says, “We don’t deal with sin here” doesn’t love his people, and it’s questionable whether he loves his God. Anybody who loves God loves what God loves, and what God loves is holiness and God loves His people to be holy, and if you’re indifferent toward their sins, then you don’t love people. If you say . . . as you hear preachers say, “God loves you, God loves you, God loves you,” then you have to immediately say, “And if you don’t turn to receive His Son you’re going to Hell.” If you love God and you love people you say that. And if in the church you say, “God loves you, God loves you so much that He gave His Son,” you’re going to have to also say, “God loves you so much that He wants you to stop that sin, He wants you to abandon that sin or you’re going to be put out of His Church. He’s a man who expresses the true and the pure, not some mushy sentimentalism. 

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 John MacArthur

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7 thoughts on “Loving the Members of the Church

  1. Given that I read a report recently of a very famous pastor of a very large church saying something like, “I don’t like to use the word sin”, this is sobering statement by John MacArthur.

    Frankly, I am astonished that there are preachers who claim to be ministers of the gospel of Jesus Christ and whitewash sin.

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  2. I read a report about a very famous pastor of a very large mega-church saying something to the tune of: “I don’t like to use the word sin. It has such a negative connotation.”

    It amazed me then and it amazes me in general when preachers of the gospel whitewash or erase the reality of sin. Without the awareness of sin, there can be no true repentance.

    What a disservice to God and to the potential souls that could be saved if they could only hear the truth.

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    Berean Wife Reply:

    Terry,

    I have heard of pastors saying things like that. I’ve also heard many, many church members use the “judge not” saying they are not to hold anyone accountable for sin. Picking and choosing what portions of the Bible to follow is typical. Because you have to ignore alot of Scripture to say that you cannot warn and rebuke another for the sin in their lives. Also there are lots of families that just might still be intact if someone dared to rebuke and warn before a divorce.

    Believe me the Lord doesn’t take sin lightly.

    Berean Wife

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  3. What the world needs now is…Repentance.
    Blessings,
    Wendy

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    Berean Wife Reply:

    Wendy,

    You are correct repentance is the key. How can one repent until they know they have sinned against the Lord? When preachers refuse to deal with sin and just teach “Your Best Life Now” there is little chance of true repentance. That’s what happens when preachers fail to preach the Word and just preach encouraging, uplifting messages.

    Berean Wife

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