“For if not God spared the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment; And spared not the old world, but saved Noah, the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly;” 2nd Peter 2:4-5 (NASB)
2nd Peter 2:5 calls Noah “a preacher of righteousness” — and that would make him very unpopular in today’s society. People prefer to continue in their sin and unrighteousness. If Noah preached today, he would be branded a religious fanatic. He would be called a prophet of gloom. He would not be invited to very many of the mega-churches — but I am sure that would not bother Noah. It did not make any difference to Noah what the people in his day said about him or about his message. He had heard from God, and he preached that warning which God had commanded him to preach. So does every real man of God. And no man can preach God’s Word and not preach righteousness and judgment. The Bible is the book of judgment! God is love (1 John 4:8), but the same God is “a consuming fire” (Heb. 12:29). Yes, Noah had to stand alone, but he stood! He believed what God said, and he “found grace in the eyes of the LORD” (Gen. 6:8).