“For am I now seeking the approval of men or of God? Or am I trying to please men? For if I were still trying to please men, I would not be the servant of Christ.” Gal. 1:10
To be a radical preacher, is to preach the grace of God. But many times we think the exact opposite. If one goes hard on sin and makes a lot of statements that we must get it together, some consider it radical. They mean, that one should please God, not people.
First, preaching against sin does not help so much. Instead, it usually has the opposite effect. You build in and stir up a sinconsciousness in that way. And to say that we need to get it together may help a while, but it does not bring lasting change.
Paul wanted to be a servant of Christ and therefore he preached the grace of God. If you want to be a servant of Christ, you should make sure that you preach the gospel of grace and do not mix with legalism at all. We become and remain saved, by grace through faith.
To preach the death and resurrection of Jesus as sufficient for the salvation of man, it is radical. We want to try to help God so many times and also like to take a little glory for our skills. But grace causes all glory to go to God.
To preach that when Jesus lives in a believer’s heart, Jesus’ life will also work a change through that person’s life, that is radical.
Let us preach Jesus, what He has done through His death and resurrection and His life in the believers. The more we look at Jesus, the more aware we become of Jesus. Let us preach the solution, not the problems. When we preach Jesus and God’s grace, faith comes as a result. The more you see of Jesus, the less you want to deal with sin and the more opportunities you see, instead of impossibilities.
To preach that everything is by grace from beginning to end and that the only thing we should do is believe, it is radical. In fact, when we believe, things happen, both in and through our lives. All glory to God.
God bless you.
/ David Billström