A few days ago I read this post from Internet Monk-
Jesus is the constant mediator. Jesus is the constant advocate.
Satan is the constant accuser…
Have you thought what the devil would do if he took to the pulpit of a church?
…But if Satan were true to his nature, he would be the “accuser” of the family of God.
He would accuse us of not being the children of God; of not being worthy or righteous; of having no right to call upon the Lord and no hope of standing before him in judgment. If he followed the script in the book of Job, he would say God has bribed us, and that we are really nothing more than self-centered mercenaries. If he followed the script he used with Jesus (and Adam/Eve), he would question what God had said and explore our doubts that God is worthy of trust and obedience.
In the end, he would accuse us of not loving God as we should, of loving other things more than God, of being false professors, of needing to examine ourselves to see what sin and hypocrisy are in us.
He would torment us with our inadequacies, torture us with our disobedience and trounce us with our sins.
Satan would, if true to his nature, revel in announcing that we are unjust, unholy, unloving, ungracious, uncaring, unworthy in every way.
Doesn’t that sound a lot like the message many Christians hear all the time? From….other Christians?
It reminded me of the OF/YF thread. Do you think in IFBism there has been a lack of balance between expository preaching and ‘correctional’ preaching from the pulpit? Is expository preaching more than enough for the congregation, so that God via the Holy Spirit does the convicting? IOW, should the pulpit be used for broad stroke rebukes of the congregation?
Thinkin’ out loud here…