Years ago, in a radio broadcast called ‘The Winepress of God’ (Rev 14:14-20), Donald Grey Barnhouse offered these thoughts:
The Old Testament altar not only bore the body of the lamb, the altar also contained the fire that consumed the lamb. Each individual must have either the lamb or the fire.
If we do not take the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior, we must have Him as Judge.
Sin is either taken from us and borne by the Substitute, or it is borne by us and must crush us as it receives the fires of God.
In many churches these days, the subject of sin and its consequences is no longer preached from the pulpit (or should I say stage), and the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ has been watered down to nothing more than using the Savior of God’s people as a solution to life’s many problems.
Wherever this is the case, unless God supernaturally intervenes to awaken sinners to their terrible and deadly plight, all preachers are doing is preparing their deceived flocks for the Fire.
There is great comfort in the words of the Angel who told Joseph, that the child in Mary’s womb:
“…you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” (Matt 1:21)
God will have His remnant people, in spite of bad preaching.
NOTE: Donald Grey Barnhouse Th.D (March 28, 1895 – November 5, 1960), was an American Presbyterian preacher, pastor, theologian, radio pioneer, and writer.