Your mind have (probably) gone to the ministry of Moses, perhaps Elijah and then, back to Jesus Christ, and the early Apostles.
That is great, good of you.
We will, however, tread softly on those points (above): our focus shall be how many deploy various tactics to the ministry that God had committed to them.
It is common among ministers who claim to have been called into preaching holiness, righteousness to lace their messages with doom, woo, judgment and fear: really, they have people in their reach. They have records of people – responding to altar calls.
The only thing is that many of these ministers (having set the Bible as the standard of their messages) – go miles to misinterpret the principles of the bible in application.
Message of reconciliation is like combustion
While many might be quick to take the message of reconciliation for one laced with grace and encouraging sin, it is the best form of message that any ministry should adapt to.
In 1 John 4:18, the bible says, “There is no fear in love [dread does not exist], but full-grown (complete, perfect) love turns fear out of doors and expels every trace of terror! For fear brings with it the thought of punishment, and [so] he who is afraid has not reached the full maturity of love [is not yet grown into love’s complete perfection]”. Amp.
By this scripture, we understand that whoever responds to God’s love, accepts and believes the Lord, Jesus Christ – is forgiven of all errors (in the past): 2 Corinthians 5:17 helps us more by saying that ‘old things have passed away and all things are become new’.
Rather than create fear, reconciliation messages opens people up to receiving the provisions of forgiveness – in love, and wherever there is love, there must, also, be better understanding.
Implications of the two forms
The ministry of reconciliation allows the recipients to come to God with the mind that God loves them, has forgiven them of their sins and (now) requires them to enjoy sound, fulfilling and loving fellowship with Him.
On the other hand, the ministry of condemnation casts aspersion on people because of their sins.
If these two ministries or messages (only) address their members, directly, it will be good, but they (both) address the public too. In that case, their messages are reaching Christians and non-Christians, alike.
There is the tendency for non Christian audiences to take the ministry of condemnation as prejudices – when viewed from the reality that such message is coming from a human being like them.
As a result, they can (intentionally) turn their minds away from the goal of the message (which is to produce a behavioural change in the audiences).
The main example is Jesus Christ
Looking at the case of the woman caught in adultery and brought to Jesus Christ in John 8, we could see that instead of Jesus frowning on the woman or passing judgment on her – after the accusers reminded Him that the offence was punishable by ‘stoning to death’, Jesus wrote on the ground ‘he that is without sin, let him cast the first stone’.
We realise that only Jesus and the woman remained at the spot because all the accusers walked away with the consciousness of their sins.
Two things should be seen in that scenario:
1. The accusers departed the scene because they became conscious of their own sinfulness, but there is the possibility of all of them being saved if they had come to Jesus with the mindset that was not passing judgment on the woman (which also made them to receive, at that point, a non punishable judgment from Christ). Please, note that whoever is not saved among those people will be judged on the last day.
2. Jesus told the woman that He would not judge her since her accusers did not judge her, but rather told her to go and sin no more. At that point, the woman would receive a kind of peace that is unspeakable, which will help her to always please God in whatever she would do.
The point is clear
Telling people that the end of the world will come is in line with the plans of salvation, but when a message is laced with contents that only intend to make people turn to God by creating fear in them – it is not worth it.
Whoever comes to God without the process of love will not (fully) rest his/her mind on the provision of salvation by God, because there will, always, be the consciousness of the past – in contrast with the love of God already made available.
On a final note, God loves the righteous and the sinners but does not like the sins that the sinners commit.
Hence, He demands that every sinner responds to His love by accepting Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour. The message of the gospel is simplified when we are able to tell people that God loves them, and has forgiven them of their sins through the finished works of Christ (no matter what) but that He requires them to maintain good fellowship with.
Do not overlook this spot
Dear reader, have you accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour before? If not, please, pray along with us:
Heavenly Father, I thank you that I’m yours henceforth. I confess my sins before you (do that in your heart); I accept Jesus Christ as my Lord and Saviour.
I pray that You grant me the grace to walk with you all my days – pleasing You. In Jesus name I prayed, amen.
· Get a bible to read, daily.
· Pray daily, as often as possible.
· Talk to people about the revelations that the Holy Spirit will be giving you.
· Let your friends know that you are now born again.
· Join a church that teaches sound biblical doctrines. If you needed a recommendation, please, talk to us.