"Scripture is exceedingly clear about what God loves and what God hates. This is why Scripture is extremely offensive to people. Jesus warns us that this offense will often be so strong that it will cause people to persecute us when they hear our message….Yet it is clear that we are to preach Scripture, thereby exposing both the sin of the church and the sin of the culture. If there is no challenging of the sinful heart, there is no gospel preaching. If there is no astonishment at the forgiveness of sins, there is no gospel preaching. If there is no joy in Christ’s victory over indwelling sin, there is no gospel preaching. Contemporary preaching tends to soften the offense of the gospel so that its message will be more palatable to modern sensibilities. We minimize sin in order to minimize offense. But in so doing, we subvert God’s Word with human words, commit the sin of idolatry, and rob people of the joy of forgiveness found in the gospel….
If you don’t know how dirty you are, you won’t see the need for a bath. If you do not know how sinful you are, you feel no need of salvation. ‘Only he who knows the greatness of wrath will be mastered by the greatness of mercy.’ Sin-exposing preaching helps people come face-to-face with their sin and their great need of a Savior….
The message of the gospel exposes our sin, but it does not end there. Kierkegaard once complained the preaching he heard in his day was like someone reading a cookbook to a starving person. If all we do is preach to expose sin, then we fall under Kierkegaard’s critique. We must also point people to Christ and the forgiveness and healing that he brings. If we expose sin without magnifying Christ, we have failed. ‘A guilty conscience is a great blessing, but only if it drives us to come home.’ The goal of sin-exposing preaching is to help people turn from their sin to the joy and forgiveness found solely in the gospel" (Church Planter: The Man, The Message, The Mission, 151-153).