TAKE CHRIST OR BE DAMNED?

If, as a (Christian) preacher, the crux of your evangelism is condemnation and damnation – ‘accept my Christ or be doomed to hell', then you have failed already.
I say this because the message of Christ was never about compulsion. He never focused on the sin; he never threatened his listeners with hell. Rather, he told them what he had to offer: 
“I am the way the truth and the life", "in my father's house there are many mansions", "and, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work" and, even, to the adulterer 'caught in the act' "neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more"...
So Jesus Christ himself focused on preaching the good life with him and what it offers, not to point out the bad life people were living and much damnation they will suffer. So why won’t our preachers focus on telling of what is to be gained in Christ rather than spread fear and tell people they are damned and doomed?  
It is like someone in a car telling a pedestrian at the bus-stop that: "come into my car or a trailer will come and kill you where you stand" instead of saying "come into my car and rest, there's AC and I have snacks.”
In these two scenarios, which is better? Hellooo, every adult in this world knows the concept of sin and the supposed consequences of it. So why have these ‘sinners’ not converted out of fear? It is simply because the era of embracing religion out of fear ended with the illiterate Africans who were exploited by missionaries who served as vanguards of colonial exploiters.

...
ADVICE:
When next in a preaching situation, don’t raise your voice, don’t condemn, don’t criticize, don’t scare, don’t damn, just tell of the love of Christ and what anyone stands to gain, what you have gained, what you hope to gain, not just in heaven, but also here on earth, from being with Christ. Nothing more is needed.
...
QUESTION TO PONDER:
Why did Jesus Christ not condemn all the many religions that existed in his time? Why is it that, in contrast, the very first thing we do as Christians is to set others apart from us and label them damned souls?
...
ASSIGNMENT:
Read the RED LETTER edition of the new testament, that is, focus on the statements of Jesus Christ alone, just his direct attributed quotes and see what it tells you about the current face of Christianity and the fact there are, increasingly, more churchgoers than Christians.
...
Read: Matthew 25:31–46
...
PS: Christianity (religion) is not the problem. The Christians (and religious adherents) are the real problems. Are you truly living the true concept of your religion? Ask yourself.
...

Selah!

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

KUKOGHO, THE DEVIL’S PAWN & THE DUSTY MANUSCRIPT CONTEST: THE UNTOLD 9-YEAR JOURNEY OF MY BOOK

FLOWERS I SAW IN PORT HARCOURT - THE GARDEN CITY (PHOTOS BY KUKOGHO IRUESIRI SAMSON)