John the Baptist was a fiery preacher of the Word of God, and he did not mince words with anybody. Here is a passage from the Bible where you can see John in action:
In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. And the same John had his raiment of camel’s hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his meat was locusts and wild honey. Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all Judaea, and all the region round about Jordan, And were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins. (Matthew 3:1-6)
John preached repentance, which means that a person needs to turn around and make a change in their lives. John knew that the people needed to recognize their own sinfulness and lost condition, and turn to the Lord for forgiveness. Not only that but the passage of scripture identified John as the one whom the prophet Isaiah spoke about. John was the “voice in the wilderness” who was preparing the way of the Lord. If you check out the exact prophecy in the book of Isaiah (Isaiah 40:3) you will see that John was preparing the way for YHWH ELOHIYM and that is totally awesome. Here is a good question to ask those people who deny the deity of Jesus Christ. Who did John the Baptist prepare the way for? It is made clear right there in the scriptures, that John was the very one who prepared the way for the Lord! When John arrived on the scene he created a stir and caused lot of commotion and people wanted to know what he was all about. Check out the reaction of John the Baptist when he saw the religious crowd coming to get baptized:
But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance: And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham. And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire: Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire. (Matthew 3:7-12)
Listen to old John go there as he rebuked the Pharisees and the Sadducees, even calling them a brood of vipers (snakes) in the process. What a big difference from the bogus preaching of today that tells everybody that God has a wonderful plan for their life, and that all religions will take us to heaven someday. Old John spoke about the “wrath to come” something else that you will rarely hear from the jokers and storytellers in the pulpits of America. John cut right to the chase and he specifically dealt with the religious Jewish leaders of his time there. He told them not to boast about their heritage of having Abraham as their Father, telling them that God could turn stones into children of Abraham if he wanted to. Do not miss this folks, because that bold statement by John the Baptist still holds true today. God is not a respecter of persons (Acts 10:34) and John knew that very well. John also knew that their hearts were not in tune with the Lord, and he let them know that. John knew that the religion of the Pharisees and the Sadducees was nothing more than an outward form of religion with no heart love toward the Lord. that is why John was so bold to call them snakes! They did not want the Jesus whom John was preparing the way for, and that is evident in the next passage:
Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. They answered him, We be Abraham’s seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free? Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin. And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever. If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed. I know that ye are Abraham’s seed; but ye seek to kill me, because my word hath no place in you. (John 8:31-37)
When the Lord came on the scene the majority of the Jewish people resisted Him with a vengeance, and they thought that He had some nerve preaching the way that He did. Jesus was talking about the truth that could set them free, but they would have none of it. It is still that way today in the midst of the religious (and secular) Jewish people throughout the world. The Jewish people told Jesus that they were Abraham’s seed (descendants) and that they were in bondage to nobody. That was the very crux of the problem then, and that is the very crux of the problem today also. It is nothing more than pure PRIDE. They believed that they had it all, and nobody was going to tell them otherwise. They had no idea that the very Son of God who stood before them, was the same one who created ALL things! (John 3:1-3) Jesus told them that He was aware that they were indeed Abraham’s seed (descendants) but He also knew, that they wanted to KILL Him.(and they eventually did). He also told them that His Word had no place in them. That is some very serious talk from Jesus there, and it is sad to say that nothing has changed much since that time!
What a contrast that is to what we see happening in our day, where there is a great focus on the land of Israel, and the insistence that they are still God’s chosen people. One thing we all need to realize is that a person can never be considered God’s chosen if they reject the person of Jesus Christ. The words of John the Baptist were actually very kind and loving words because he did not want to soft soap the truth (as many preachers do) and see people end up in Hell. That should be the heart of every true born again believer in Jesus Christ. If a person does not have a concern for lost souls then I would certainly question whether or not that person was ever saved. Not only that but if a pastor (man or woman) is not preaching Jesus Christ as the only way to heaven, then they should not be in the ministry.
I speak that which I have seen with my Father: and ye do that which ye have seen with your father. They answered and said unto him, Abraham is our father. Jesus saith unto them, If ye were Abraham’s children, ye would do the works of Abraham. But now ye seek to kill me, a man that hath told you the truth, which I have heard of God: this did not Abraham. Ye do the deeds of your father. Then said they to him, We be not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God. Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me. Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word. Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not. (John 8:38-45)
The religious Jewish leaders would not let up in their attack against Christ, and they still boasted about having Abraham as their Father. Jesus told them that He told them the truth, and yet they still wanted to kill Him! Jesus told them that if God were in fact their Father, as they boasted, then the natural result would be to love HIM, because God sent Him! That still applies today to both Jewish and Gentile (no difference). If YOU declare that God is in fact your Father, then YOU must be a believer (and follower) in Jesus Christ!