Preaching With A Clear Conscience

Two mourners returned from a funeral services remarking how they had been strangely reassured about death. The words of the preachers obviously soothing their fears. One recalled how the preacher spoke favourably about entry into heaven. The other spoke of heart shaped beds and earthly comforts which were available to all.

Tragically the person being buried was evidently not saved and far from experiencing the delights of heaven was probally enduring the torments of Hell. The funeral service traditionally a timely moment to warn the largely unrepentant congregation of the reality of future punishment, has been turned into a service of hypocrisy and lies in the sight of God. False comfort is given and promises made that God Himself has never made, or will uphold.

Ezekiel was warned by God “When I say to the wicked, O wicked man you shall surely die; if you do not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at your hand” 33:8.

John Knox the famous Scottish preacher said of his profession: “We inter the body decently, but our primary. concern is the soul. Since the departed person’s salvation is determined by their faith in the salvation wrought by God through Christ, we must attend to those who mourn . After death comes the great day of reckoning, and it is therefore the minister’s duty to preach about the certainty of coming judgement for those who do not repent and put their faith in Christ.”

How To Preach at A Funeral Service For Someone You Suspect Died Unsaved

1. Start in the natural realm and swing to the spiritual.
2. Say something positive about the person who has died.
3. Dont feel pressured to mention where the person has gone after death.
4. Never insinuate that he went to heaven.
5. Use this as a springboard “Good friends often remind us of things we dont want to deal with.
today Bobs death reminds us that we must all die.”
6. Use anecdotes that convey eternal truths.
7. Go quickly through the Ten Commandments.
8. Warn briefly about Sin, Death, Judgement and eternity.
9. Give a clear Gospel presentation.
10. Appeal to the audience to repent today.

Funeral Tract When Someone Dies specifically designed to distribute at funerals. Download and
print off HERE

“When anyone dies, I ask myself, ‘Was I faithful?’ Did I speak all the truth? And did I speak it from my very soul?’ Charles Spurgeon


Need A Funeral Outine?


Death & Then What? Tract
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Listen to a 20 minute audio of Don Fortner preaching at an unsaved persons funeral.

How much time do you have?
Short sober message to give at a funeral.