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Preach The Word
by Steve Higginbotham
May 9, 2006
We are living in a time when outward success is sometimes preferred over faithfulness, when attendance numbers mean more than substance, when biblical exegesis takes a backseat to pragmatism, when preaching the gospel gives way to drama, special music and pop psychology, and when a sermon is judged, not by its content, but by its length and how it makes you feel.

What has caused such a sad state of affairs? I personally believe it is because some have forgotten just who it is that is sovereign. Somehow we have bought into the idea that says, "the consumer is always right." Thus, our primary concern has shifted from pleasing God to pleasing the masses. This is the reason that worship services are becoming more entertainment oriented. This is the reason for the preoccupation with the length of a service. And this is the reason more and more faithful brethren are complaining about never hearing the plain, straightforward, distinctive preaching they used to hear.

What will we have accomplished if we woo the masses, fill our buildings, but then dispense truth in such small diluted doses that it lacks the power to convict one of his sins? What will we have accomplished if we gain the approval of man but lose the approval of God? What will we have accomplished if our churches become "user friendly" to the masses, but in so doing we make God our enemy?

What is the answer? Return God to his rightful place of sovereignty. Stop catering to the consumer. Stop being so concerned about one's feelings and be more concerned about one's actual condition.  Recognize that man's greatest needs are often unfelt needs.  Oppose the philosophy that declares that salesmanship and marketing practices can bring people into the kingdom of God more effectively than the clear and clarion preaching of the gospel of Christ. Preach the Word!

Copyright 2006, South Green Street Church of Christ, Glasgow, Kentucky
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