Sobering Sermon! This was an extremely sobering message, about false conversion and profession of faith. So disturbing in fact, that I need to listen to it a few more times -- it warrants that kind of attention. Each individual Christian needs to cry out to God for conviction of sin, deliverance from a cold heart, repentance, and true saving faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. Oh Lord, please deliver me!
Great Sermon! This is a very sobering message about the dangerous condition of our nation, about ready to fall. I've been saddened to see that so many think that because a particular Presiddntial candidate was elected, the apparent lesser of two evils, that the nation is suddenly on an upward trajectory. People, by and large, are out for their self-interests, and their hearts remain hardened to God. I see it all around me. The pastors' hearts are stone, and it's business as usual in the church. Real revival starts with brokenness and repentance. But most are more interested in their social media, sports fanaticism, and living for the world. It matters not whether one is Christian or not, it's the same condition. I feel like I'm living in Babylon. May God grant a hearing ear to at least a few in these last days of our nation. God bless you Dr Johnston.
Great message but gave me pause ... This was another wonderful message, but I was greatly challenged when Dr Johnston mentioned losing his wife right after praying for full surrender and to be used of God. I am currently wrestling with what God wants of me, and wonder if I could accept such a sacrifice. I hope my answer is yes ... yes to absolute surrender to Jesus, even if it means losing everything in this life. In Jesus name, Amen!!
Another Excellent Sermon! I pray I could sit with a number of pastors on the steps of their churches and play this 7 minute message for them to hear. I pray it would cut to their heart. Often I wonder if most pastors, preachers, and leaders are beyond reach due to their love of this world and pleasing people rather than pleasing God. Thank you for this, Brother Johnston.
Heart-breaking Message! Anyone who hears this should experience deep sorrow for how far the church has fallen. The church has become just like the world, wanting to compete with the world and have fellowship with the world. It is the church that needs revival first and foremost, and after that the nation. But we can't expect the nation to repent when the church won't, when the church is more satisfied with entertainment, popularity, and a party lifestyle -- than it is separating unto Christ from this world. So sad to see a church I used to attend have a football tailgate party. So sad to see rock musicians parading their talent in a proud way and calling it worship. So sad to see programs and games, laughing and lightheartedness, while the world goes to Hell and the church with it. No brokenness, no consecrateness, no real prayer, no anguish, no repentance. And no love for the Holy Scriptures over the thoughts and plans of men. My prayer for 2017 is that there would be an awakening and repentance in the church, a very real one, not the worldly so-called reivivals that are nothing more than a placebo to our consciences. May we become broken and desperate for God once again.
2 Minutes of Sober Truth! When I hear a message like this, it chills and convicts me deeply. Brother Johnston has a deep burden for righteousness, revival, and Biblical truth. When he said "Why are you laughing in the pulpit, when nobody is laughing here?" (Hell), it should cause all to be broken in spirit. This brother sees it, one of so few today that do! Is anybody listening? Would that multitudes of pastors would preach like this, it would probably empty the churches, with the remaining few being those who still were able to feel conviction and really wanted to follow Jesus.
Great Sermon! I totally agree with you Tony! I am so strengthened and encouraged by all the messages by Pastor E A Johnston. This kind of preaching is not heard in the vast majority of churches, and pastors do need to repent of their lukewarmness. Pastor Johnston has a deep burden for repentance and revival, and that so resonates with my heart. Unfortunately, in America church has become a Sunday morning social club without any true heartfelt brokenness for God. More Biblical truth is preached from Pastor Johnston in 5 or 10 minutes than what you get in many churches in a whole year! Extremely sad but true. God bless you Pastor Johnson for being a true light for the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen!
Life-saving Truth for Our Time! This message by Pastor Reed was excellent! It would be extremely hard to find a church or pastor that would preach this truth like this. It would be considered too offensive, but folks, we NEED to be offended AND convicted ... so that we can REPENT! Our lives are so permeated by Rock and Roll, and most churches embrace it in one form or another. But if the churches wont take a stand against sin, who will? Rock and roll music has been a stumbling block for me throughout my life, as a former drummer and guitarist in bands, but also listening to it since those days long ago. There is a spirit to rock music that attacks one's Christian walk and testimony. It would be great if everyone that hears this message would give a CD copy to all the pastors they know. Thank you Pastor Reed for preaching what thousands of others should preach as well. That isn't false flattery, but simply the truth. In Jesus' name, Amen!
Powerfully impacting message ... ... in just two and a half short minutes, Brother Johnston delivers a powerful message on the realities of rejecting Jesus Christ, and not being ready for Heaven. Sadly, very few will learn from this example of a man dying in his sons without a Saviour. Bless you, my brother, for being direct and forthright, and giving out the Truth without compromise!
All These Sermons are Wonderful! I am truly edified, encouraged, challenged, and admonished through all the messages that Pastor Johnston preaches. In my times of loneliness and trying to live for God when everything seems against me, I take heart from listening to Pastor Johnston's Biblical instruction and Holy Ghost preaching. The Church of our day needs so much more of this time of sin-convicting preaching. Thank you Pastor Johnston!
This question misses the point entirely. The sole and complete purpose of Christ's church on earth is to continue the work Jesus started. We have all heard it said that the church is not a building but people. This has never changed.
My job as a Christian is not just to provide education in the truth of the Bible, or to provide a place and atmosphere for worship, or to provide for the social or physical needs of the community. It is all of this and much more besides.
But none of these are the most important. No, the most important purpose of the Church is to proclaim and preach the Risen Christ, to witness to the Gospell, to be living examples of God's love on the earth.
All that other stuff springs forth naturally from us when we do this. They are a consequence, evidence if you will, that we are following in Jesus' footsteps; not a "purpose" at all, but a sign.