I have been praying a lot lately about what God wants me not only to do as a pastor during the next year, but for my whole period as a pastor. One big question I had for God was, how do I deal with the subject of sin. I am definitely not the type of preacher who goes all fire and brimstone on people, so how was I to deal with that subject.
The answer to that question from God came as a pleasant surprise. The answer is, I don’t deal with individual sins. I am to deal with sin as a general topic and allow God to be the one who convicts. My job is primarily to direct a person to the one who is righteous (Christ) and he will do the convicting. My job is to demonstrate that Jesus is “the way, the truth, and the life”.
That’s not to say that I will let someone else off the hook concerning their sins however. Romans 3:23 Says “for all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Jesus said, “No man comes to the Father but by me.” You cannot justify (claim innocence) just because you were “born this way” or “this is just the way I am”. Sin is sin and we have all done it. We are all guilty, and deserve the curse. We cannot think that by following a specific set of laws that we can be declared innocent either. it says in Galatians 3:11. “No man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident for, the just shall live by faith”.
Donna Brown is pastor at Faith in God Church in Brandsville, Missouri. As Author Cygnet Brown, she has recently published her first nonfiction book: Simply Vegetable Gardening: Simple Organic Gardening Tips for the Beginning Gardener
She is also the author of historical fiction series The Locket Saga. which includes When God Turned His Head and Soldiers Don’t Cry, the Locket Saga Continues, and most recently, A Coward’s Solace, Book III of the Locket Saga.For more information about Cygnet Brown and her book, check out her website at http://www.cygnetbrow.com .