Thursday, January 31, 2008
Posted by Ann Brock
It may be popular to keep things positive, but is it right? Are Pastors handicapped in the pulpit by limiting the breadth of scripture’s emotions to the uplifting and happy? our mothers taught us that a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down. But are we in danger of focusing so much on sugar in the American churchs that we neglect to add the medicine? I was listening to a sermon yesterday that had no substance to it at all. So, I ask my self why waste all that time on something that has no benefit.
Do preachers find them selves fleeing from the temptation to people-please? I think so. First,their not ultimately accountable to the people they teach, but to the One in whose name they teach. And secondly, God has not only inspired the content of Scripture, but also the form it takes. Matthew 7:21-23 is a sober warning from Jesus about the danger of missing his kingdom. The form of this passage should also direct the manner in which pastors teach/preach it. After all, God call pastors to preach the word in season and out of season. What do you think have the church lost it's way? Are pastors preaching to please people?