By Travis Biller
Pastor, Immanuel Baptist Church, Elizabethton
Focal Passage: Proverbs 29:1-3, 12-20
It is an unfortunate reality that evil exists in the world. It is an even more unfortunate reality that much of the evil found in the world is found in the human heart. When we are confronted with the gospel, we are confronted with our own sin. It is often the case, however, that while we recognize we are sinners, we fail to call our sin evil.
However, when Jesus was speaking to the crowds He said such things as, “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!” and, “A wicked and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and no sign shall be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah” (Matthew 7:11; 16:4). Jesus referred to His generation as evil and wicked! I suspect not too many pastors refer to their congregations that way! [Read more…]