We may invigorate our faith and renew our courage by reflecting that divine power has always attended the preaching of doctrine when done in the true spirit of preaching. Great revivals have accompanied the heroic preaching of the doctrines of grace–predestination, election, and that whole lofty mountain range of doctrines upon which Jehovah sits enthroned, sovereign in grace, as in all things else. God honors the preaching that honors Him. There is entirely too much milk-sop preaching nowadays–trying to cajole sinners to enter upon a truce with their Maker–‘Quit sinning and join the church.’ The situation does not call for a truce, but for a surrender. Let us bring on the heavy artillery of heaven and thunder away at the stuck up age as Whitefeild, Edwards, Spurgeon and Paul did and there will be many slain of the Lord raised up to walk in newness of life (J.B. Gambrell, Baptist Principles Reset, 247).
J. B. Gambrell was president of the Southern Baptist Convention from 1917 to 1920. Gambrell also served as editor of the Baptist Standard and as a professor of ecclesiology at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Interestingly enough, Gambrell is expressing the same concern about easy-believism and Christianity-lite preaching that many reformed preachers today are expressing concern about.
I am not suggesting that we make election and predestination our soap-box, but I do want to say that we should not be afraid of these doctrines. If they are found in Scripture (and I think that I have shown in my recent posts that they are) then these doctrines have been given by God to us for our good. Personally, I have experienced firsthand the effect of these doctrines in invigorating my faith and renewing my courage to preach the gospel! I hope they do so with you as well. Once we let our hearts settle into the enormity of God’s Holiness, we can then begin to rejoice in it and to go out into the World knowing that Christ reigns and will reign unto eternity and He has sent us out with this confidence–that His gospel is powerful and His Word will accomplish everything He sets it out to accomplish–we merely need be faithful to the call!