Paul frequently preached with vigor and gusto; he was not given to weak-kneed compromise or waffling dizzily from one position to another. He would label wrong as wrong, in the spirit of love and in spite of ruffled feathers. He once said, “But as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, even so we speak, not as pleasing men, but God who tests our hearts. For neither at any time did we use flattering words, as you know, nor a cloak for covetousness—God is witness” (1 Thessalonians 2:4b-5). The way Paul delivered the Good News was straightforward, plain, and simple. So should it be.
I do not think it a romantic fantasy to believe that people want the truth; really, they do. As a people and on an individual level too, we have grown weary of the slick and polished pulpiteer whose words are no more credible than the promises of a crooked politician, even if they seem to make us feel good. When our very eternity is at stake in the message we receive, is it not better to learn the hard truth than to go to Hell happy? That fact does not escape us, regardless that we would rather the truth agreed with our current position. When it does not, the truth, no matter how it is delivered or how it is received, is always the better option.
The church of Christ in Jacksboro will not bludgeon you with the truth, wielding it as a blunt instrument of judgment; but do not come to the worship on Belknap Street to get your ears tickled. If you are sinning, you will be encouraged to quit it. If you are not attending the regular worship with the saints, you will be invited to do so. If you need help because life has worn you down and burdens have become overwhelming, tell us (with all the incredible talent and skills we have in the church here, we cannot read your mind; we need your help).
At the next meeting of the saints in Jacksboro, worship with us, get to know us and investigate the church of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ; give truth an opportunity to change your life.