I have been reading books by Oliver B. Greene, founder of “The Gospel Hour” radio broadcast. I’ve listened to him off-and-on for years. I’ve just recently come in contact with many of his books. I’m happy that I have them and I count them as treasure. Oliver Greene is my kind of preacher. That being said, I believe that he would probably be counted as an unpopular preacher as well… and I mean that in a good way.
With that, I’d like to give you a quote from his sermon, “Unpopular Preachers”…
“I love God’s preachers. Thank God for my preacher friends! I dare not touch God’s anointed, but I do not hesitate to say that the dirtiest gang of thieves this side of Hell are the Gospel-denying, compromising liberals and modernists who deny the verbal inspiration of the Scriptures and preach to please people instead of preaching the Word as it is laid down in the Bible.
Hell will be hotter for these preachers than for ordinary sinners who sat in the pews and listened to their social gospel. Oh yes, there will be preachers in Hell (2nd Corinthians 11:13–15). Just as surely as God has God-called preachers, the Devil has Devil-called preachers.”
As you can see, that’s pretty strong language that you don’t hear from many preachers today. As many of you know, today, I believe, a lot of preachers are afraid that they are going to offend someone. They won’t point out what sin is and that the wages of sin is death.
So let’s get started…
One of the preachers he said would be unpopular is Noah. “They thought that poor old Noah had a ‘screw loose’,” Green quoted, “but he did not.” Green said Noah was a “listening, working, warning preacher. He listened to God, He worked on the ark, and he warned the people. 2 Peter 2:5 calls Noah a ‘preacher of righteousness,’ and that would make him unpopular in today’s society. People prefer to continue in their sin and unrighteousness”
(People would say “don’t judge me.”) If Noah preached today, he would be branded a ‘religious fanatic’ and a ‘prophet of gloom.” It didn’t make any difference to Noah what the people, in his day, said about him or about his message. He had heard from God and he had preached the warning that God had given him. And no man today can preached God’s word and not preach righteousness and judgment. The Bible is a book of judgment. God is love (1John 4:8). But the same God is a consuming fire (Hebrews 12:29).
Noah preached many years while building the ark and if you read the story, you’ll see only 8 people made it in… Noah and his family. I just about bet when that first bit of water came up out of the ground, or that first rain drop fell, Noah may have suddenly became a very popular preacher. But it was too late.
Once again, most of this blog was taken from Oliver B Greene’s sermon. (The italicized portions.)
Just something to think about.
Until next time…
-Steven Walker Sr.