What keeps your people from the salvation available in Jesus? What blocks out the joy of sanctification? What tethers our hope to this world, preventing us from being so heavenly minded that we can do some earthly good?
The answer is sin. Specific sins. Sins that don’t feel like sin, having been dutifully neutralized by our increasingly secular culture.
It separated Adam and Eve from God at the Garden. It separates us from God today.
So the question is: in your preaching, do you exhort your people to turn from their sin to the living God, or do you use the Bible merely to solve their problems, however real and legitimate those problems might be?
The Doctor reminds us:
“There are so many people trying to diagnose the human situation; and they come to the conclusion that man is sick, man is unhappy, man is the victim of circumstances. They believe therefore that his primary need is to have these things dealt with, that he must be delivered from them. But I suggest that that is too superficial a diagnosis of the condition of man, and that man’s real trouble is that he is a rebel against God and consequently under the wrath of God” (D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Preaching and Preachers, 27).
Good sermons, far from making people comfortable in the midst of life’s problems, make people uncomfortable with their sin.
Are your people comfy?