“This is why preaching that neglects to mention sin is not true peaching and why ‘experience’ of God that does not leave the worshiper with a profound sense of his or her own sinfulness and an even greater sense of the love of God is no true experience. It is why we live in an age whose religious ‘health’ is an illusion. Today we have preachers, well-known, highly successful preachers, who refuse to mention sin in their teaching–not because it is difficult to do or because they have trouble doing it, but because, in their judgment, people do not need to hear about such subjects. They believe people feel bad enough as it is. They need rather be affirmed. Affirmed? People today hardly feel the weight of sin at all. Nothing they do is ever considered sinful. Will you maintain that such persons know God and are saved by God even if they make no profession of it?” (James Montgomery-Boice, Christ’s Call to Discipleship, 1986)
I hear a lot about revival these days, but very little about repentance. This would make sense if it were plain to all that the Church was walking as the holy people of God…if I was walking in holiness. But far too often the people of God are like those described in Mark, chapter 4. We hear the word that is given to make us holy and to draw us into the depths of God’s greatness and goodness, “but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful” (Mark 4:19).
An unrepentant life is an unfruitful one. If the Word is not confronting us with sin, challenging us with a greater vision of God, and compelling us to deeper devotion we will never be that ‘seed’ that “hears the word, accepts it and produces a crop–thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times what was sown” (Mark 4:20).
Forgive me, Lord.