If you preach against sin–your guilty of preaching a false gospel!

Many Christians believe that the main role of the church is to preach against sin.  They spend a lot of time railing against how ungodly so and so is. They rail against this sin and that sin. Some will even spend their time ranking sins; calling some sins more serious than others. Because of this mentality of preaching against sin: they then start to preach against people for a variety of reasons.

If your nodding your head and saying..yes, yes, yes we should be preaching against sin…then I will say to your face that you are guilty of preaching a false gospel. For the gospel of Christ, which should be the message of the church is not a gospel against sin.

Instead, the gospel is the message that we have forgiveness of sin and indeed it is this message that should hold the central place, be the essence and the thrust of our message. For it is this message that Christ told his disciples to go forth and preach and in preaching it make disciples of all nations.


About Craig Benno

I'm an average aussie guy who has lived perhaps a not so average life.
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11 Responses to If you preach against sin–your guilty of preaching a false gospel!

  1. Penny Nakanishi says:

    I think it depends on your heart. If you are judgmental and self-righteous like the older brother in the prodigal son story then you’re blind and haven’t yet had a revelation of how sinful each one of us really is. However, if your heart is let’s not sin because Jesus made a way for us to be free from sin and it hurts Him when we do then I don’t think there is a problem preaching against sin. In our post modern tolerance we need to be careful that we don’t misuse the grace of God as an excuse for immoral living. (Some people have and continue to do that) Let us encourage one another to righteousness while remembering what a miracle it is that God has brought us this far!

  2. Penny Nakanishi says:

    I think Paul preaches against sin in almost all his letters. Acts 5 (Ananias and Sapphira) Romans 6: 1 (shall we keep on sinning?), 1 Cor 5 (expel the immoral brother) Heb 10:26 ( If we deliberately keep on sinning..) 1John 3 :6 (No one who lives in him keeps on sinning…)
    These are just are few. I understand that we need to look at the socio-cultural context as well. But I think it is pretty clear that how we live our lives as believers is important to God.

    • Craig Benno says:

      I’m not denying that we are to live a life worthy of the Gospel…for Paul says that the Gospel is not a licence to sin…yet where sin reigns grace reigns even more! Notice I have said though that the central message of the Gospel is that of forgiveness of sin and its not the preaching against sin…. when ever we make the preaching against sin the central point of our message and central to our faith… we have missed the centrality and the purpose of Christ and the message of the cross.

      Therefore in all of Paul’s writings, you will find that Paul’s central message is of Christ and his forgiveness…and then all else is surrounds that centrality.

      • Penny Nakanishi says:

        Yes, I agree! The central message of the gospel should always be the cross of Christ where He makes a way for our sin to be forgiven. If we get a revelation of how much Jesus had to suffer for our sin then we will take sin very seriously indeed.

  3. Paul Warren says:

    Matthew 28:18-20 and Acts1:8 both command the disciples to bring people to allegiance of God(Trinity) as supreme sovereign.Since both seek to have people obey and observe Jesus directions viz Holy Spirit.

  4. I agree that sin should not be preached against in a way that causes it to overshadow the central message of the cross. I also agree that various manifestations sin should not be ranked or overly focussed on, because the bible says if we break one law, we are guilty of breaking them all.

    But, for one to receive grace (and salvation), one must first have the revelation they are a sinner, or else they cannot understand ir value the message of the cross. Therefore, if it is preached about in the right spirit, it can help people value what Jesus has done for them all the more. I can give examples of this from my own experience.

    But on the topic of sin, I find that some Christians can get caught up with specific sins and develop legalistic attitudes. It’s the sin nature within us that compels us to break the first two commandments (and therefore the law as a whole).

    • paul the disciple says:

      Craig..if we make an easier softer way for people to make if to heaven …were in trouble…the bible teaches we must repent and be baptized to be forgiven..acts 2…..

      • paul the disciple says:

        We need to preach against sin..and the forgivness of it..through faith,repentance,the cross,baptism,Gods kingdom and false doctrines…which you are preaching.

      • Craig Benno says:

        Hi Paul….. think many Christians tell people to repent first…without explaining what the Gospel first is…..In Peters infamous sermon in acts…He preached the gospel and told his listeners what to do after they first asked what they had to do to be saved…. When he shared with Cornelius and his family; Peter never even mentioned the word ‘repentance’…as he shared the gospel message to them and said…Wow! Look they got the same spirit we did and are having the same experience we did…. lets baptise them also.

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