Sunday, 26 February 2012
Should we preach on the curses?
The LLM forum on Saturday had loads of brilliant aspects which I'll be blogging over the coming week, but there was one aspect which doesn't sit well with me.
If we focus on the blessings alone then we are not fully teaching the gospel; there are curses for not following God and these need to be taught.
I have never preached or taught about the curses, I prefer not to focus on the hell and damnation concepts which scared generations of people into staying at church.
The thread through my preaching is love and acceptance; how can this sit with curses? This is not the God I know; this is not the God I love.
Yet I'm left with the truth that God punished those who failed; it is a recurring theme through the Bible and very prevalent in the Old Testament.
So I admit, I'm unsure; should we preach the curses?