Negative Preaching

I. If one preaches the Bible, he will preach a lot of negatives. His ministry will be characterized by
liberal doses of Vitamin "N."
A. Note the negatives in the Ten Commandments. EXO 20:3-17.
B. Note the negatives in Christ's preaching. MAT 6:1-2, 5, 7-8.
C. Note the negatives in Paul's preaching. EPH 4:17, 25-30; 5:3-7.
II. Christianity is a religion of controversy.
A. Jesus did not come to send peace on earth, but a divisive sword.
MAT 10:34-37; LUK 12:51.
B. It is Christian to dispute. ACT 9:29; 17:17; 19:8-9.
C. Christians are commanded to FIGHT and CONTEND for the faith.
1TI 6:12; JUDE 1:3 ct/w JER 9:3.
1. C
: "To strive earnestly; to strive in opposition; to fight; to strive in argument
or debate."
2. E
: "(Of feelings, convictions, etc.) Intense, ardent."
3. Ardent: "Burning, on fire, red-hot; fiery, hot, parching."
D. Contending AGAINST the truth is wrong (ROM 2:8); contending FOR the truth is
III. All religions are not equally acceptable.
A. All men are not seeking truth. ROM 3:11-12; JOH 3:19-21.
B. There is only ONE right way. 1KI 18:21; JOH 14:6; EPH 4:4-6.
C. All that poses as Christianity is not actually so. 2CO 11:4, 13-15.
D. We must discern the true from the false. 1TH 5:21 ct/w EZE 22:26.
E. Preaching should expose error and turn souls to the truth. EPH 4:11-15.
IV. Consider the elements of Bible preaching found in these verses.
A. 1TI 5:20; 2TI 4:2; TIT 1:13; 2:15.
1. Rebuke: "To beat down or force back; to repress or check (a person); to repulse; to
reprove, reprimand, chide severely."
2. Reprove: "To reject; to express disapproval of (conduct, actions, beliefs, etc.); to
censure, condemn; to reprehend, rebuke, blame, chide, or find fault with (a person).
3. Chide: "To give loud or impassioned utterance to anger, displeasure,
disapprobation, reproof." See ISA 58:1; MAR 3:17.
4. Sharply: "Of speech, rebuke, command: sternly, severely, harshly; in cutting
terms; in stern or angry tones." See HOS 6:5.
B. 1KI 18:27-28; MAL 2:3; MAT 3:7-8; 23:13-17, 33; ACT 2:23; 7:51-52; 17:22-23;
GAL 1:8-9; 3:1; PHIL 3:2; 2PE 2:2, 22.
1. Sarcasm: "A sharp, bitter, or cutting expression or remark; a bitter gibe or taunt."
2. Gibe: "A scoffing or sneering speech; a taunt, flout or jeer."
3. Name-calling is Biblical, providing it is justified.
4. Harsh language is Biblical.
5. Where justified, salty language is Biblical. PHIL 3:8; COL 4:6.
C. MAT 16:6; LUK 13:31-32; 1TI 1:20; 2TI 1:15; 2:17; 4:10, 14-15; TIT 1:12-13;
3JO 1:9-10; REV 2:6; 15, 20.
1. It is Biblical to warn against specific persons and groups BY NAME.
2. Warnings against wrong must be specific as well as general.
3. Exposing the errors of a person or group does not necessarily imply that everything
the person or group believes is wrong.
V. Consider the nature of God's word.
A. It is like a fire and a hammer. JER 23:29.
B. It is like a sword. EPH 6:17 c/w HOS 6:5.
C. It is given to reprove and correct. 2TI 3:16-17.
VI. Such negative, harsh preaching is correct if:
A. the names are correct and apply to persons actually guilty of the error being exposed.
EPH 4:25.
B. the language accords with Scripture. 1PE 4:11.
VII. Such negative, harsh preaching is an act of love and kindness.
LEV 19:17; PSA 141:5; REV 3:19; ROM 13:8-10.
VIII. Scripture warns against smooth/syrupy talkers and preachers.
PSA 55:21; 62:4; ISA 30:9-10; JER 23:32; ZEP 3:4; ROM 16:17-18.
A. Preaching should be born of passion. JER 20:9.
B. Preaching should be authoritative. MAT 7:29.
C. Preaching should be done boldly. ACT 4:13; 13:45-46.
D. Preaching should not avoid "naked wires." ACT 20:20, 27; 2TI 4:2.
E. Preaching and contending for the truth should leave no middle ground. MAT 12:30.
F. Preaching should stop the mouths of gainsayers. TIT 1:9-11.
IX. Negative harsh preaching leaves no room for compromise; it forces the hearer to one of two
A. It convicts the hearer and brings him to repentance thus manifesting that the hearer is of
God. JOH 8:47; ACT 2:37; TIT 1:13.
B. Or it exposes the hearer to be stupid and in rebellion against God. PRO 12:1; 13:1; 15:10.

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