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The seriousness of preaching the Gospel. Why is that when a preacher opens up his sermon, he announces that he will only read one or two Scriptures? The perception I receive from this is, that he doesn’t want to bore or even come across too convicting, with simply reading Scriptures from the Bible? It appears that we have come to this state because we either don’t want to step on toes by reading the seriousness and truthfulness of the Word of God, and that we don’t want to offend people with reading the convicting Words of God? And we sure don’t want to bore the congregation to death either? And too many times, the preacher goes on with some story of analogies and comparisons while embellishing the story with assumptions, and events that may or may not have occurred?
And oh yeah, to put a spin on all this, the preacher adds his own flavour of comedy by inserting one-liners and jokes to make the congregation laugh and feel comfortable and relaxed while enjoying a 45-minute spiel of an embellished Bible story in a humourous fashion. I’m not against humour, especially when it’s appropriate to do so, but not continually throughout a sermon, when the Word of God is serious business to begin with. And if we are to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ as we are instructed to do, then there is no time for humour or spinning the Word to make people laugh, comfortable and at ease? I haven’t read anywhere where Jesus or the apostles are telling jokes and trying to make people laugh and comfortable and easing the conviction of the Word?
Why can’t we simply read Scripture straightforward, directly out of the Bible, verse by verse to actually deliver the full intent and impact of God’s Word? After all, Paul addressed the people of Galatia with this:
Galatians 1:6-10 6 I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, 7 which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. 8 But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. 9 As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed. 10 For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ. NKJV
I’m not saying that every preacher is purposefully being deceptive. He may even be sincere in is approach and his presentation of his sermon, however, it is still incumbent to each of us to reconcile the truth to ourselves! It’s not about being sincere, it’s about delivering the Truth of God’s Word as is, without the fluff and embellishment of humour and what if’s? So, my only point here is: That to all of you, don’t you yourselves be deceived by preachers preaching a monologue of comedy bits with embellished stories about Biblical events and characters that may or may not have occurred? And stories about personal gratification through self-motivation, self-improvement, self-prosperity and any of those feel-good speeches that intimate that you can achieve all these things on your own? Only through Jesus Christ are we able to accomplish and overcome His will through the Holy Spirit!
Galatians 3:15 15 Brethren, I speak in the manner of men: Though it is only a man’s covenant, yet if it is confirmed, no one annuls or adds to it.
Revelation 22: 18-19 18 For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book; 19 and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.
I believe it to be best to read directly straight from the Word of God and let the Holy Spirit guide and direct where any additional description is needed to help with understanding and truth! Am I the only one that feels and see it this way? Does anyone else agree? Does anyone else have another take/view? I’m just believing that the preaching has become softened and decorated with colourful sprinkles? All praise and glory to God our Father and to our LORD and Saviour Jesus Christ!