Thomas Sowell, was obviously a man wise beyond his years when he stated this. And even though he is much older today than when he said this still his wisdom is evident. There are many such SOWELL’ISMS. What he states here, although it is not meant to be a religious comment, still it resonates with God’s truth and wisdom.
In keeping with what he stated, today’s Christian teacher is more a reflection of today’s society, than a reflection of God’s unchanging truth.
Society today has no fear of God. Yet, God says that the fear of The Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Today’s teacher is partly responsible for this thinking in society, because the love of God is taught in the absence of the need for a Godly fear. And this is done even from the conservative pulpits and air waves. But do these ministries get a free pass from God to teach what is wrong? I ask this because there are consequences for teaching wrongs which lead to wrong decisions. Sowell says, that he can’t imagine a more dangerous way of operating, than to not have it this way. And God according to His Word does not operate this way. Pastors and teachers today, though they do not say “thus saith the Lord” at the end of each message, still their message is received as though straight from the construct of God that they themselves help to create. Thus they become responsible for that word. Why? — they are the man of God in the eyes of the people.
They are the truth purveyors. If a man is unable to support his message with the evidence presented in God’s Word — where it is not pulled from context, then he had best not teach it. For God does hold the teacher or Preacher responsible. His every word will be examined in the courtroom at the time of Christ’s return.
12 “Behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to render to every man according to what he has done. 13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.” Revelation 22:12-13 NASB
Let not many of you become teachers, my brethren, knowing that as such we will incur a stricter judgment. James 3:1 NASB
“Son of man, I have appointed you a watchman to the house of Israel; whenever you hear a word from My mouth, warn them from Me. When I say to the wicked, ‘You will surely die,’ and you do not warn him or speak out to warn the wicked from his wicked way that he may live, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity, but his blood I will require at your hand. Yet if you have warned the wicked and he does not turn from his wickedness or from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but you have delivered yourself. Ezekiel 3:17-19 NASB
If the teacher has lost his fear of the Lord, then so goes the world around him. But remember there is a price with God for being wrong. Maybe you think me to come across as a broken record, but the teacher of God’s word is the heart of the Nation and of the world. To only teach half of the message is wrong. To begin with love when fear is God’s prescribed starting point is disobedience.
I watch Fathers and mothers today teach this same wrong principle to their children. They pour out love on them, which is good. But with discipline they do the same before they even think to put the fear of the Lord in them, and so there is no such fear. Christians will pay dearly in the future for this failure that had its beginning in the pulpits across America. One cannot understand Love without first possessing a healthy dose of fear which contains the essence of respect for God.
Revival if it comes again to this world must begin with the fear of the Lord.
I often forward these messages to my pastor friends, not because I think that you need to hear it, but because I see an advancing enemy, and the warriors need to be summoned to battle. If God does not speak to you in these messages please don’t take offense. Your thinking that I think you to be in need of them is not my intent. If God does however speak to you in them please take action. Either way I have done as I am asked by using the forum that God has given me to speak.
God bless you all my brothers and Sisters in Christ Jesus.