Sermon of the week: “Warning to Professing Christians” by Albert N. Martin.

Albert N. Martin Your Wednesday sermon of the week is a powerful one from Albert N. Martin.

Warning to Professing Christians is one of those messages you won’t hear in most churches that dot the landscape of American Christianity today.

Albert N. Martin delivers a convicting exposition of Matthew 7:21, a verse that I have wrestled with countless times (and still do). I’d also venture to say most readers of DefCon (who are supportive of our work here) have also been challenged by this verse at some point in their walk.

With that said, I not only recommend this sermon to the readers of DefCon who support us, but I also submit that this needs to be heard by those who give us the most resistance (like those who sit under such teachers as Robert Schuller, Perry Noble, Joel Osteen, Rick Warren, Mark Driscoll, etc.).

If you won’t listen to us (because we’re all just a bunch of prude “Pharisees”), perhaps you may give this sermon a chance and heed the warnings contained within. Although this sermon was delivered in 1994, it is just as apropos–if not more–today!

One of my favorite quotes from this sermon is in response to those who hide behind their sins with the excuse “nobody’s perfect.” Albert N. Martin says:

This is the hypocrites couch; this is the believer’s bed of thorns.

He also asks this cutting question in regards to Christians and their worldliness:

When you’ve got to suck at the world’s fountains for fulfillment, where in the world are you?


I also highly recommend another exposition of Matthew 7:21 by John Thompson entitled The Saddest Words Ever Spoken. It was DefCon’s sermon of the week for January 03, 2008. Click here to go to the post to listen to it.

7 thoughts on “Sermon of the week: “Warning to Professing Christians” by Albert N. Martin.

  1. I have heard many preachers with a melodramatic style that gave one the impression they were merely putting on a show. However, I did not get that impression from Al Martin……I felt his was the voice of one who truly was burdened with a message he felt God would have him speak. It was a message brought forth by the conviction and power of the Holy Spirit and to say that I was blessed by this sermon would be a huge understatement. May God raise up many more men like Al Martin!!


  2. I have to disagree with you on this one Manfred. Not on the fact that “Mr. Martin preaches Truth that is oft hidden in many churches” but on your assertion that that he was being melodramatic.

    This was pure passion and concern for those who are lost yet think they’re safe. I wish more pastors had this passion for their congregations today. Instead too many pastor’s passion seems to lie in being as relevant as possible, knowing all the latest fads on MTV, how many seats they can fill in the pews, and the ever-disastrous building fund projects.

    I don’t think Al Martin was anymore melodramatic as Washer, Piper, Baucham, Mahaney, and others typically have been at times. I agree with Susan that this was “the voice of one who truly was burdened with a message he felt God would have him speak.”

    – The Pilgrim


  3. Thanks for posting this and bringing it to everyone’s attention Pilgrim. I listened to this sermon a while back and was blessed. This is a man who the Spirit empowers to preach, he gives his all. Some may classify him as ‘fire and brimstone’, which is not a bad thing. I believe we need more of these types in our day; men with zeal and passion for the Lord and His word. Men with backbone to speak boldly, as they should. It certainly goes against the flow with what comes out of most pulpits today.


  4. I try to circulate Martin’s sermons when God gives opportunity, and his melodramatic style is a common concern. A times he sounds manipulative with his voice. I love Marin’s sermons, but I have heard this concern by others as well. It was relayed at a prayer meeting from our pastor that Martin taught on the use of the voice in preaching at a pastor’s conference. It’s not wrong to use technique in preaching, but it can be overdone. We have to be mature enough to look beyond the technique and examine the truth.


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