Danger of Tickling Ears
I think we’d all agree that church should be the most friendly, welcoming place for SINNERS, but not for SIN. Sinners embracing and loving their sin should feel great conviction IF the Holy Spirit is present in church because, according to Jesus, the ministry of the Holy Spirit is to "convict the world concerning sin, and righteousness, and judgment" (John 16:8). Hey, did the prostitute in Luke 7 feel comfortable in her sin as she approached Jesus? NO! She fell at His feet in brokenness, godly sorrow, and repentance. Pastors, we need to make sure that in our efforts to reach people for Christ, we don't grieve the Spirit and quench the Spirit by tickling ears instead of preaching the Word that reproves and rebukes BEFORE it exhorts. Now that’s real hope.