Updated: Jan 23
In the October addition of Table Talk Magazine, Charles Hodge is quoted as saying, "The moral power of a preacher depends almost entirely on the conviction which the people have of his sincerity and of the purity of his motives." (Table Talk, Oct. 21, pp. 34) The Apostle Paul said it this way, "But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified." (1 Cor. 9:27) Sadly, many Christian pastors & those who claim to follow the risen Savior have failed to travel this path, causing those watching, near and far, to rightly declare "Hypocrisy!" & "No thanks!" We must, as Christ followers, hold true to & live out the transformative realities of God's redemptive power, so as to rightly reflect Christ our King to one another & to a world in desperate need of our Savior. Remember, we have been justified (1 Cor. 6:11) and made into new creations in Christ (2nd Cor. 5:17). Walking these truths out is simple, just not always easy (Phil. 2:12-13)!