Above is a Wordle I created with the text from Charles H. Spurgeon’s sermon “Secret Sins” Please click on the image to view the larger more detailed version. The word cloud or wordle is designed to make the words larger the more frequent they are used in the text. You will notice an anomaly with one word as it relates to the modern church and it’s use of the word today. That is the use of the word sin. In this word cloud it is one of the largest words in the abstract image. In the contemporary church you would be hard pressed to find more than a handful of churches in a metropolitan area that use the word sin on a regular basis. That needs to change. Believers of Jesus Christ are called to make disciples of Christ by using His gospel. If we don’t use the word sin then how do we fully explain the reason for salvation?
ht: Really Robin for finding the Wordle tool.
September 24, 2008 at 1:53 pm
Yep, Wordle is fun stuff for sure.
As far as sin goes – well, good luck finding many churches, pastors, or ministries that use that word, let alone invoke Matthew 18!
Just another reason to praise God for placing us in the part of the body He did!
Nathan W. Bingham
September 25, 2008 at 4:22 am
Spurgeon’s preaching is a far cry from most of what comes from the pulpits today. Interestingly, I just posted an article on sin, and the necessity to preach it.
Wordle is also a very interesting and fun little tool…
September 25, 2008 at 8:47 am
Thanks for the comment Rib. I say amen with your statement about our local church. Praise God.
I am in total agreement. If we don’t preach about sin, does the Spirit still convict the heart of it? Would the mind understand the state it’s in?