Preaching assurance vs. preaching doubt
September 30, 2011
Should preachers call people to question their salvation or assure people of their salvation? Gene Veith gives his answer. I believe he’s right.
I have noticed that there are two kinds of preachers, especially when addressing young people: One kind tries to assure the listeners of their salvation in Christ, underscoring His grace and mercy and His atoning work on the Cross. The other kind tries to make the listeners question whether they are “really” Christians. (“Did you REALLY give your life to the Lord? Do you show the fruit of true faith? Does your life show evidence of true conversion? Maybe you need to commit your life to him again, just to be sure.”) Read on.