The unconverted preacher is out there. I believe there is a need for all of us to examine ourselves, but the preacher, he is held at a higher standard of judgment (Jam.3:1). Oh let him look at the way he leads his life (2Cor.13:5). So what are we to watch out for in the unconverted preacher?
1. They have an outward appearance of godliness. Every thing looks good from the outside “Woe to you, Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you clean the outside of the cup and the plate, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence.”-Matt.23:25
2. They preach to please man and not God. “For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions.”-2Tim.4:3
3. They are evil in all that they do and say. “These are grumblers, malcontents, following their own sinful desires; they are loud mouthed boasters, showing favoritism to gain advantage.”-Jude.16
4. They come in the side door of the church, trying to sneak in, twisting the truth. “For certain people have crept in unnoticed who long ago were designated for this condemnation, ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into sensuality and deny our only master and Lord, Jesus Christ.”-Jude.4
5. They have a cold knowledge, but no life change. “If anyone teaches a different doctrine and does not agree with sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the teaching that accords with godliness, he is puffed up with conceit and understands nothing. He has an unhealthy craving for controversy and for quarrels about words, which produce envy, dissension, slander, evil suspicions, and constant friction among people who are deprived of the truth, imagining that godliness is a means of gain”- 1Tim.6:3-5
It is urgent that the preacher look closely at his own life, to see where he stands. The work he does, needs to come from a converted life, those who are born again, who have the Holy Spirit, with the desire to please God in all they do. I will close this blog with a word from Spurgeon “How horrible to be a preacher of the gospel and yet to be unconverted! Let each man here whisper to his own inmost soul, “What a dreadful thing it will be for me if I should be ignorant of the power of the truth which I am preparing to proclaim!”