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Bob Rogers

I like it!!! Amen.

SD

Wow, that is so true! I will definitely link your article to my blog.

Bryce

Great theology. Would that the unfaithful pastors hear it!

jared

I do not disagree that there are pastors who would fit the several labels you give which also are guilty of the methods you attack. I would say that there are also pastors that fit under those categories which do not use those methods. At the same time there are pastors who use these methods which are in churches which would balk at being labeled with any of these categories. The problem is universal all churches are suceptible to not preaching the full witness of the word of God.
I find it interesting that while you attack proof-texting you argument itself is proof-texting. How much difference is there in using 4 verses or 8 verses?

Julie

Chris, I read your site and have left positive comments on things in the past but this...creating a web site that people can easily send to their pastors if they think they are apostate?

I don't think this is right. Can't put my finger on it, but I don't see this as a triumphant use of the internet for the Gospel of Christ. More like a tool that can be abused by people in need of it themselves.

A little disappointing.

jazzact13

So, let me get this straight...

A preacher can't preach on anything 'relevant', or he's not preaching the truth?

He can't preach on any issues his people may be facing, because then he's preaching what he shouldn't be preaching?

Golly, I wonder where that leaves all those things Paul wrote about to the church. You know, like how husbands and wives should treat each other, how the gifts should be practiced in the churches, that whole "all Israel will be saved" thing, and heaven forbid we see that he told Timothy to drink some wine (for medicinal reasons, of course).

Ok, let's cut out the sarcasm, shall we? I have no use for things like the 'prosperity gospel', not even as bird-cage lining (I don't have a bird). But to get on preachers for giving sermons that may actually help their people in everyday life seems nitpicky to me. Are you seriously trying to tell us that any pastors who talks about financial responsibility and how the people in a family should best love and treat each other is preaching what they shouldn't?

For the record, I will acknowledge that any such message, even a good one, can be taken too far. At the same time, I've been to churches were every sermon was a variation on the call of sinners to salvation. That is a very important message, perhaps the most important, but as someone who was already saved, one starts to realize that it is no longer a message for you.

Mike

Let's just do away with the title and position of a Pastor and just fellowship and over time you will figure out who "is" the pastor. But that won't go well with those of you who love degrees, diplomas, pharisee positions and the praises of men!

Troy

I read the comments first, and then I read the article. I must say, it does not surprise me to see how people would comment the way they do. One man says “A preacher can't preach on anything 'relevant', or he's not preaching the truth?” The fact of the matter is a Pastor is to preach the word of God as is commanded. Any Biblical sermon preached in an expository and expositional way will have RELEVANCE. That being said, a Pastor does not take the temperature of his congregation and say, “well I think I should preach on love, or grace, or fulfillment this week, because that’s what we need this week, or better yet, I’ll make it a four week study.

To those who write speaking against this article, please read all the scripture that relates to every man of God who PREACHED the Word and was persecuted!! There was no one who could better relate God’s Word, than Jesus, God Himself, and yet, they hated what He had to say. John 15:18-20 18 “If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. 19 If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. 20 Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they kept My word, they will keep yours also.

John 17:11-19 Preachers will be hated as well as true Bible believing Christians.
11 Now I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father, keep through Your name those whom You have given Me,[b] that they may be one as We are. 12 While I was with them in the world,[c] I kept them in Your name. Those whom You gave Me I have kept;[d] and none of them is lost except the son of perdition, that the Scripture might be fulfilled. 13 But now I come to You, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have My joy fulfilled in themselves. 14 I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 15 I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one. 16 They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 17 Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth. 18 As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. 19 And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also may be sanctified by the truth.

They hated Paul and what he had to say. In fact, Paul wrote 13 of the 27 epistles, unless you think he wrote Hebrews, then 14 of them. Here is a REAL man of God and look in Acts 9 when he encounters Jesus. From verse 19 to verse 23, they wanted to kill him. Keep reading that’s Paul’s theme. Remember James, the brother of John killed, remember Stephen a man FULL of the Holy Spirit, killed for preaching the truth. All the apostles killed, accept for John who exiled on the island of Patmos. Stop defending weak preaching and start standing FIRM for righteousness. People’s souls are in the balance and anyone thinking this article is to harsh, needs to examine themselves to see if they are in the TRUTH II Cor. 7:9-11.

The fact is, MOST professing pastors teach a weak relevant message that makes their hearers happy. When a man preaches, the congregation will get relevance out of a solid Biblical message that is taught in an expository manner. Don’t take out of context what the writer of this article is trying to say. I have never met him, but as a man who shares the Gospel everywhere I go, he’s right!! Rev 3:19 19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent.



Pastor Walter Snyder

I re-discovered this link today and realized that I hadn't commented previously. Please allow me to fix that matter:

Well written, Chris. Thanks. Of course, there's no need to set up a parallel site as a warning to laity with itching ears who want to hear these things from their pastors.

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