"Take a few minutes and write a note to Britney Spears," pastor John Weece
said in a sermon and in a blog on the church Web site. "No preaching. No
criticizing. Just love. As a church, let's love Britney the way Jesus loves
Jesus has a lot of love for his people.
Nevertheless, the way Jesus expressed that love during his earthly ministry was by preaching and criticizing! To wit, Jesus preached Repent and Believe for the kingdom of God is at hand!
14Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, 15And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.
1In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, 2And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. Mathew 3:2 And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
[John is cast into prison]
12Now when Jesus had heard that John was cast into prison, he departed into Galilee; 13And leaving Nazareth, he came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is upon the sea coast, in the borders of Zabulon and Nephthalim: 14That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, 15The land of Zabulon, and the land of Nephthalim, by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles; 16The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up. 17From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
The Light of the Gospel exposes sin: proclaim the gospel!
And Ms. Spears, if you happen to read, that means that these dear people should be loving you by explaining to you that you should enjoy the good things that God has made, in moderation. Yet more importantly, thank God, praise him for his blessings, for life is short, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Join the king, or be crushed at his return. All your wealth will be worth nothing, for there is only one lawyer that can represent you before God, if you don't have Him you'll lose, and he cannot be bought: Christ Jesus, the mediator between God and man.
Turn to him, for no one will be ashamed who does.