Growing up a Southern Baptist, I have heard my fair share (and probably someone else’s share) of “Fire and Brimstone” sermons. You can always find someone with a problem worth preaching about or a tv show, another denomination, or some evil worth condemning. You can always count on certain groups for a good old fashioned condemnation every now and then.
I hope I never have to hear another “Fire and Brimstone” sermon again. I am not inspired by them, and I wonder if anyone has ever been saved after hearing one. No doubt people have been frightened into momentary repentance, but has anyone ever decided to sincerely follow God after a fellow sinner made them feel like crap?
The Bible tells us that God does not wish any of us to perish, so why don’t we spend more time learning what we SHOULD do instead of detailing what our neighbors are doing wrong?
“Jesus loves me this I know…”.
Every kid had to sing that in Sunday school, but we grow up and go to big people church and teach ourselves how to condemn and we forget how to love. Sad, but usually true.
Just once, I would like to see a pastor have an altar call in a service and invite all saved people to the front of the church. People would be stumbling all over themselves to set an example. Rather than asking confused seekers to stand up in front of everyone, believers should be walking ahead of everyone and inviting them to come along.