Fiery Sermons: Evangelical History

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Ernesto Medina August 9, 2010 Trinity International University Fiery Sermons: Evangelical History There is a quote from a famous American Evangelical preacher Jonathan Edwards. The quote says that all sinners will be cast into hell as they deserve this consequence.This quote is a mere representation of how Evangelicals began their journey and how they are truly seen. Mr. Edwards is attributed as starting the movement and in modern times his message has not strayed much further than “Sinners at the hand of an angry God”. The question is what Evangelicals have done to make the Gospel so threatening. The answer is simple: they have used fear tactics alone to persuade followers of God. “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed…show more content…
Philip Yancey, author of “Exploring a Parallel Universe” feels offended when many acquaintances of his make negative comments about Evangelicals. Truthfully, there is enough evidence to respond to his offense. The sheer use of terror alone is an attribute to this stigma given to Evangelicals. I could turn on the TV. any Sunday and find many preachers screaming through the microphones. You may hear comments about the homosexuals burning in hell, they scream about unwed mothers going to hell, and the pattern continues. The rage is not limited to television if one travels to a city of predominantly Evangelicals one may encounter examples that may support the fear theory. There are preachers and followers that have been known to judge a new member, an unwed mother, and a member that strays away from the disciplined path of God. The point is not to accept these wrong doings as proper actions. The point is that fear alone is not what God uses. The Lord utilizes his love and understanding. God speaks of His forgiveness. There are many examples of men who were on the wrong path who repented and became…show more content…
To preach forgiveness is to preach the “good news” and lead the lost into the glory of God. However, in these times many Evangelicals have turned to a more dark interpretation of the “good news”. There are vivid descriptions of hell that cause fear into many. There are many laws created by churches that use fear to control their followers. With this going on, it is no wonder why others believe that Evangelicals are motivated by hate. It has struck fear into many. There are groups that even feel that they are being persecuted by Evangelicals. Philip Yancey finally realizes at the end of the article where Evangelicals have gone wrong. “A person must court a virgin differently than a divorcee (Yancey, 2005).” Yancey realizes that the first words a non-believer should hear should not be of death but of love. The use of fear should not be the only tool used to preach. It is called the “good news” for a reason. It is to be spread with wisdom and love not with fiery
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