Preacher From the Pew

Heidi and I have a lot of conversations about preaching because it is so near and dear to our hearts. We both have the desire to move into full-time ministry if the way be made clear by the LORD.

Where I struggle in the meantime is sitting under other pastors as they preach. Most preachers just make me want to enter back into the pulpit again. I think this is because I feel that preaching should be filled with Spirit-lead zeal and conviction. Every passage of Scripture is of the most importance and far too many preachers treat passages as if they are just something to talk about for a while.

When I was still preaching in Roswell, it became a standing joke because so often when I preached from a text, I would say it was one of my “favorite” texts, out of my favorite book.

And why should we not have such an attitude? Every word, every chapter, ever book is the word of God given to us for our edification and His glory. Therefore we should preach it as such. We Christians have the most important of all messages in the world, yet so few preach with any real conviction. It is almost as if they are afraid God’s word will offend certain people.

That is a good fear to have because God’s word does offend the sinner. It tells the sinner he/she is a sinner and needs a Savior in order to approach God. So why hide that fact? Why soften what God has given to us? Why not declare it so forcefully that those who are not walking by the Spirit want nothing to do with it?

Jesus preached in such a manner. So did Peter. So did Paul. All three found themselves facing trouble from authorities and suffered because of the forcefulness, as well as the content, of their preaching. In fact, if Jesus preached the way most pastors preach today, the Pharisees would not have bothered with Him. His message would not have offended anyone. But He did preach with zeal and with the knowledge that He knew what He said was offensive. It has to be. We need the forcefulness of God’s word in our lives because only by it can we come to the saving knowledge of Christ.

Yet, in our day and age, we would be hard pressed to find many preachers saying anything that would offend anyone at all.

Instead of preaching the gospel, some preach stupid and silly messages about how a Bible passage is going to self-actualize you in your little life. Instead of preaching the deepness and richness of the gospel, far too many men preach comforting blather. Instead of being black and white, as the Scriptures are, they preach soft generalities. I just don’t see how so many men could fall into such fearfulness when it comes to preaching.

Jesus was very black and white when it came to the gospel. We should be black and white as well. You are either in Christ, saved by faith alone, by grace alone in Christ alone, or you are remain eternally damned. But far be it from anyone to actually say this in a public arena today.

I guess what I’m saying is that the men who fill the pulpits every week need to get over the fear of what God’s word actually says and deal with it. Quit hiding what it says, and proclaim it. This was always my desire when I preached. I truly felt a real burden to proclaim what it said, with all seriousness. It is not easy to do. It will drain a man in doing so. But it still must be done.

Preaching in such a manner will also come at a cost. The crowds will not show up. They won’t come to listen because when God’s word is truly proclaimed, it’s too much for the fallen sinner. Now the believer, the one born again, loves to hear preaching with zeal. He loves the word of God proclaimed. He loves the black and white. And because of that, we need to preach God’s word faithfully.


As for what really brought the post on was the following thought I had as a result of our conversation this morning:

There is nothing new under the sun to be preached. If your pastor is coming up with new things to preach, leave. The gospel is ancient, back to the Garden of Eden. We are saved the same way Abel was, by faith in the promises of Christ. Therefore, if you want something new, then you open yourself up to heresy.

For the record: there is no new heresy. All of them are only slightly older than the gospel (think of Satan’s lie to Adam). New heresies are really just old heresies with a new dress and fresh lipstick.

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11 thoughts on “Preacher From the Pew

  1. Jeanette

    Go Timothy! I’ve heard that some churches don’t talk about sin because they know the congregation doesn’t want to hear about it. I think we need constant reminders of how the power of sin can destroy us. If we are really striving to be like Jesus, we have to stay on the right path, and we need people who will help us do that, along with prayer and daily bible reading. Go Timothy!

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    1. I’ve always wondered about how you can preach the good news of the gospel without the bad news of the Law(sin). I feel that in doing so, you end up with people thinking: “of course God loves me! I’m just so darn special.”

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  2. Beverly

    Brother, I have a friend who is a recent convert. She lives in Wilburton, Ok. Can you recommend a church or home group meeting she could attend? Thank you very much.
    I live in Vian, Ok. The Lord has moved my husband and I to Grace Church in Gans, Ok where Rob Herrington is currently interim pastor. Sola de Gloria
    Beverly

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    1. Hi Beverly, I wish I could help, but I’m highly suspect of even my own denomination when it comes to solid, biblical preaching. I only know of one man in Oklahoma that I would even begin to trust, and he is in Edmond, OK.

      Can your friend attend the church in Gans with you?

      My wife and I actually drive 45 minutes to a church in Garland, TX, east of Dallas, where others drive as long as an hour to be there. It’s worth the drive if the gospel is preached.

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      1. Beverly

        Thank you for your reply.
        Her going with us may be the only option for now.
        I thought I read where you moved to Wilburton, Ok and planted a church. My mistake.
        But that is why I approached you. 🙂
        My family drives 40 miles to our church and praise The Lord for every mile!
        You are correct in saying “it is worth the drive if the gospel is being preached”.
        Blessings

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  3. Timothy,

    Preaching like you describe is timeless, cultureless, and needed.

    The preacher has the hardest job imaginable. He has to rightly divide the Word, and deliver it to the hearers. Fortunately the Word itself does the work. Otherwise, no one would be up to the task.

    Too much law (focus on sin) wounds and depresses tender souls. You can see this in some (definitely not all) old school Dutch Reformed churches. Much more common is the overemphasis on love (without repentance) which leads people to false faith. And the most common of all these days seems to be non-Biblical no law, no gospel rah rah talk or Roman Catholic style “homilies” which are about as useful to the kingdom of God as Chinese fortune cookies.

    Would love to hear you preach sometime. Have you ever thought of recording yourself and putting it up as a video on your blog? I’d watch!

    Alec

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    1. Hi Alec, when I was preaching on a regular basis, I had my sermons posted on SermonAudio.com. But given the drop in income and the infrequency of preaching, I had to discontinue it’s use.

      Hopefully, that will change in the near future. Pray for us in that regard. We are hoping the LORD will open the door for us to return to full-time ministry.

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