Question:

I really think you brothers spend too much time going back and forth over questions concerning conscious and opinion and never get to the preaching of the Gospel of Christ. I think that this only keeps those who are sinners from wanting anything to do with the church those things can't save. What do you think?


Answer:

I see you expressing opinions and broad sweeping generalizations against teachers of the Gospel without giving evidence and while attacking within you aren't spending time reaching out to the lost. "For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you" (Matthew 7:2).

Please forgive me, I didn't mean to come off judgmental. I was just expressing a thought. I often hear radio broadcasts and teachings that focus on church names, to have or not to have funerals, or marriages in the local church instead of what Christ said before his ascension, "And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem" (Luke 24:47). Or was this just for during that time?

There are two problems.

One, you directed your complaint at someone not involved in what you were complaining about. Christ taught us to go directly to the offending party. "Moreover if your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he hears you, you have gained your brother" (Matthew 18:15). I can't answer for what someone else does.

Second, the entire New Testament is the gospel message. It is not restricted to just how a person initially becomes a Christian. "For I have not shunned to declare to you the whole counsel of God" (Acts 20:27). Yes, there are preachers who get stuck on certain hobby subjects, but it doesn't mean these subjects should never be discussed. See The Purpose of Preaching.