greatThere is increasing pressure from segments of the church in our nation to reject any negative analysis or any call to reformation that reveals that which is out of order yet still valued by the people. I feel this pressure in our ministry often. The demand is for balance, or, in reality, an overdose on happy with a rare, occasional sprinkle of temporary sobriety. Focus on the good in the hopes that it will resolve the bad. Unfortunately, it just doesn’t work that way. I take the troubling, urgent, upsetting, all-consuming messages of my heart to the Lord daily—often many times a day. The fear of the Lord is on me, and I don’t want to communicate anything that’s not driven by love and obedience. I can’t imagine preaching something out of my soul that God would resist. I tremble at the thought. I also feel God’s fear from the other direction—I can’t imagine staying silent or giving into demands for balance or positivity at the cost of souls. I know there will already be people in hell forever because of my failure to speak the truth, and I cannot bear to let that tragedy continue. More