Should Street Preachers Rebuke Sexual Sins?
What About Other Sins Done in Secret?
By Jesse Morrell
John Boruff commented on my video: “Know this day that I am unsubscribing OpenAirOutreach, because I am tired of Jesse’s ‘sexual’ preaching….”
Someone else responded: “it is the most prevalent sin on campuses, other than people breaking the greatest commandment.”
John then posted: “Ephesians 5:12, NLT: “It is shameful even to talk about the things that ungodly people do in secret.”
You don’t think that we should expose and rebuke their secret sins? Continue reading: “But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light:” Eph. 5:13.
Given your interpretation, we should never even mention “fornication” or “adultery” because that would be shameful to mention since sinners do them in secret. Yet Paul himself wrote against fornication and adultery in his epistles. Do you really think that we should never use words like fornication or adultery since they are sins done in secret? What about theft done in secret? Murder is also a sin done in secret yet Paul also talked about that. So did Jesus. Do you really think we should never rebuke such sins because they are done in secret?
You will notice in 1 Corinthians 5:1 that Paul exposed and rebuked the incestuous Corinthian. And he said exactly what was done – a man had sex with his father’s wife. Was such a sin done in secret? Sure it was. But it was publicly reproved and made manifest by the light Paul shined on the matter. John the Baptist also confronted the sexual sin of king Herod by means of public rebuke.
It is interesting that you quote from the New Living Translation. This is how these verses read in that translation: “She lusted after lovers with genitals as large as a donkey’s and emissions like those of a horse. And so, Oholibah, you relived your former days as a young girl in Egypt, when you first allowed your breasts to be fondled.” Ezekiel 23:20-21. Do you think it is acceptable for a man of God to be preaching publicly about fondling breasts and the size of genitals and ejaculations?
I once had another preacher tell me years ago that we should not rebuke “masturbation” in the open air because it is “shameful even to talk about the things that ungodly people do in secret.” He used the same verse. But even now he does rebuke it, but he doesn’t use the word “masturbation.” He calls them “mono-sexuals” which is strange and confusing because nobody knows what he is talking about. But STILL, he is falling into his own pitfall since he is still talking about what sinners do in secret…. I think he should just use straightforward language so everyone knows what he is talking about.
I admit, it is embarrassing or shameful to mention what sinners do in secret. But it is necessary, as the next verse says, those things which are REPROVED are MANIFEST by the light. So we must manifest these things by our reproofs, even though it is embarrassing or shameful to do so publicly. But I’ll take public shame from the world for the sake of Christ anyway, in order to reprove sin and save souls! If exposing the sins of the wicked, for the sake of their souls and the glory of Christ, brings shame upon us from “good society” so what?
This is the video that has the comments:
SEE ALSO THIS SHORT TEACHING I DID ON THIS SUBJECT: