“Always preach in such a way
that if the people do not come to hate their sin,
they will instead hate you.”
This quote is attributed to Martin Luther giving advice to Philip Melanchthon.
How does it strike you? I imagine many would think it’s a bit harsh. Certainly Joel Osteen wouldn’t buy it. Speaking of which, I saw Osteen on tv accidentally yesterday affirming that faith in God is just as much faith in yourself that you can overcome.
Yeesh. Has the guy ever read the Book? And by “the Book” I don’t mean Osteen’s book but God’s Book.
Anyway, should a pastor be preaching to bring about hate? Isn’t the whole point love?
The whole point is love, part of which means pointing out sin and danger. Humble people respond to warnings; proud people hate the messenger.
To be honest, I don’t think it’s possible to preach God’s Word without being hated, His Words seem to have that effect. It took me a while to figure that one out and it still surprises me from time to time. But “marvel not when the world hates you.”
Today we marvel that we should preach such words that create hate. Oh, how far we’ve come.