I preached in a diocesan convention for women recovering from the hurts of abortion. One sobered woman came to me privately and heaved a sigh of relief saying, "Fr. if I had seen or heard you since thirty years ago, I would not have suffered so much. See how I am now, wrinkled because of sleepless nights as I felt damned and couldn't forgive myself after aborting my baby."
In another CHURCH, my heart was dismayed by a large crowd that seemed to be flirty in dressing and irreverently chewing gums inside the CHURCH. I preached on the yoke of the flesh and evil of abortion. I got a shock of my life when a very scantily dressed young woman stood up while I was preaching and yelled at me, "Can you say something nice and stop this craziness on abortion?" I do not know her situation; I know many are convinced they have the right to take the life of a baby.
Now, I recall what happened in the Scriptures. The Apostles admonished the crowd to repent and these persons were cut to the heart, giving their lives to God (Acts 2). Shortly after, the Apostles preached the same message in the synagogue, and the leaders of the synagogue arrested them, tortured and remanded them in prison (Acts 3 & 4) Many times it's harder to preach to persons who are always in the church or persons in the ministry of GOD.
Surely, there's time for everything Eccl.3. Nevertheless, walking by the Holy Spirit helps you to know what the Divine Will is asking for. We see fire consuming properties and lives in California (and please pray more for California), bloodbath violence in many parts of the world, kidnapping of consecrated persons in many places like Nigeria, etc. And all we want to preach is "Financial Dominion or golfing for happiness or the exciting fairytale new movie?" I could be wrong; however, after a prayerful lady, out of nowhere, texted me to read JEREMIAH 23 (please read this), few days ago, I reasoned that I'm not wrong in calling for a review of the theme of preaching in many parts of the world.
As I listen to my heart in prayer, I discover the need to emphasize holiness. The focus of preaching shouldn't be "Marching on Financial Dominion" as I hear many pastors constantly preach in these past months.
May God help all preachers to understand the Divine WILL. Please remember your obligation to pray for your PASTOR (Eph.6:18-20)