A Weekly Devotional
from Steve Higginbotham
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?
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Green Street Church of Christ, Glasgow, Kentucky
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