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Preacher, Tell Me Like It Is, Unless You’re Preaching About MY Sin.

April 22nd, 2017


Remember when the GloryBound Quartet sang the song, “Preacher, Tell Me Like It Is” a few years ago?

We said, “AMEN! That’s a GOOD song!”

But then… when the preacher starts telling it like it is… the preacher’s a fool. He’s too harsh. He doesn’t like prom, touching, or anything fun. So there.

Wait, what?

I said recently (from 1 Thes. 4:8) that if you reject the Bible preaching, you’re not rejecting the preacher, you’re rejecting God. “He therefore that despiseth, despiseth [rejects] not man, but God, who hath also given unto us his Holy Spirit.”

It’s like Bro. Sam changing the words to his song, “I have decided to follow Jesus, no turning back, unless I want to.”

Don’t change these words; they’re too good:

(chorus) Oh Preacher, you say you want to be my friend,
don’t be afraid to call my sin what it is.
And Preacher, tell me I can overcome,
but it’s only by the blood of the Lamb.
Don’t tell me like I wish it was, Preacher tell me like it is.

(verse) So open up the word and let the spirit lead,
preach until I’ve heard God speak to me.
Don’t worry ’bout my feelin’s, don’t worry ’bout my shame,
Just preach the cross of Jesus and that I’m to blame!

When you hear the preaching of God’s Word, listen. Obey. Grow.

Please take it from a youth pastor who loves you and wants you to avoid a lot of pain in life.

Songs like the one above aren’t written on accident. They’re written because we—ME included—we ALL like to hear “good, hard” preaching, as long as it’s getting someone else. Don’t hide your sin. Don’t run from God. Love God, love others, do right.   -Bro. Ryan




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