Often we preach and teach scriptural truth in such a harsh way it sounds condemning and judgmental. Why is it that we expect unbelievers to live in ways contrary to their nature? Anyone who is not in Christ Jesus continues living out of the Adamic nature . . . the sin nature (the old man). When a person is truly redeemed they die to the Adamic nature and take on the nature of Jesus Christ through the indwelling Holy Spirit (Romans 6: 2 Corinthians 5:21).
We are not going to reach the typical unbeliever with anger or harshness. James says, “For the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of GOD” (1:20). Proverbs 15:1 says, “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” And Paul makes a powerful statement in Romans 2:4: “Or do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness and tolerance and patience, not knowing that the kindness of GOD leads you to repentance?”
To speak and teach the radical truth of Jesus Christ with the radical love of Jesus Christ is not to compromise His truth. On the contrary, by teaching and preaching in this way is to totally rest in the power of the gospel to redeem (Romans 1:16) rather than trusting our weak and powerless efforts of flesh.
As we lovingly and confidently present the radical truth of GOD’s word His love compels men and women everywhere to follow Him and to obey Him. This is clearly the practice of Jesus and precisely why sinners were attracted to Him and to His message.
The very gates of hell themselves shall not prevail against the onslaught of the Church of the living Christ as she proclaims the radical gospel with radical love.