Saturday, July 20, 2013

William Hendriksen on preaching comfort...

To be sure, sin must be exposed in all its horror. Without the knowledge of sin there is no salvation. The preacher who fails to describe sin as it truly is -defiance of God's holy will -, and who neglects to point out again and again, what terrible consequences, is not a true interpreter of the word of God. On the other hand, the pulpiteer who neglects to address words of comfort to penitents, and to encourage them with messages of cheer taken from or based on Scripture, is not true to the maxim, engraved on many a pulpit, "Sir, we would see Jesus." (John 12:21)

Hendricksen's N. T. Commentary, p497

3 comments:

YVONNE LEWIS: said...

A wonderful Saturday post Gregg.
Hope you and family are well.
Have a peaceful Sunday.

Yvonne.

Susan said...

Conviction, and grace. Both are needed. Grace isn't grace if we were good enough to earn it somehow without understanding our need, our filth, our sin. And when we do understand, the balm of Jesus is the only cure. So true. :)

Gregg Metcalf said...

Susan - Thank God for conviction and grace! Thanks for stopping by.