Dear Pastor: Here’s How You Can Preach And NOT Convert Anyone

Written by Doug Giles on August 29, 2019

It’s so simple, really, that almost EVERYONE is doing it!

Whose favor are you seeking, preacher? Is it the crowd, or is it the Lord? Because the things that give the crowds that ‘tingle up their leg’ are NOT the things that gain the approval of the Audience Of One.

Soft preachers can give soft messages to soft audiences… but that formula fo moral therapeutic deism will never cut to the quick or truly transform a troubled soul. If anything, it puts you in the same category of that crowd that Jesus so pointedly denounced: Like the false prohets who cried ‘peace, peace’ when there was no peace — or if they’re the finger-wagging rules lawyers, they ‘tie up heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on people’s shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to move them with their finger.’

So far as it comes to speaking directly from God’s word those uncomfortable truths that are most relevant to his PARTICULAR audience (instead of that ‘other’ imagined one ‘out there’ somewhere) then he has failed his people by failing to ‘wet his sword’ (which Rich and I get into in the show) in obedience the Lord.

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If the pastor keeps God’s word ‘safely’ in its sheath, how will can it be what his flock needs most?

For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

There’s a very simple roadmap to clerical failure that has long since been documented and widely followed by shallow adherents to Christian-ish belief.

Buckle up — especially if you carry that heavy responsibility of standing in a pulpit and opening God’s divine Writ to his people — this may not be easy to hear.

On the upside, hearing the hard things is an important step in repentance and change.

Peter recovered from his massive failure of The Denial and used it to propel himself faithfully forward as the disciple Christ called him to be… but first he had to face Jesus, and (just as importantly) himself as he TRULY was, not as he THOUGHT he was. Once that was done, he was free to press forward in the high call of Jesus Christ.

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