What’s Happened To The Preaching?

Q. Does the Bible address the problem of so many preachers not preaching the Bible as they used to? A lot of the scriptures seem to get twisted and give the wrong view. It’s getting harder and harder to find good Bible based preaching.

A. I hear this from lots of people, but it’s not totally the preacher’s fault. In 2 Tim. 4:3 Paul warned that the time would come when people will not put up with sound doctrine, but will flock to preachers who say what they want to hear.

In the name of church growth preachers today are being encouraged to tailor their messages to their listeners, many of whom don’t want to hear very much Bible based preaching. This is the fulfillment of a prophecy Paul gave us and is one of the signs that the end of the age is upon us.

For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear (2 Tim. 4:3)

In Romans 1:16 Paul said he was not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes. And in 2 Tim. 1:12 he said was not ashamed of suffering for the gospel because he knew Who he believed and trusted Him.

Paul reminded Timothy that a preacher should seek approval from God, not his audience, and should not be ashamed to teach the truth directly and correctly.

He said, “Do your best to present yourself as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth” (2 Tim. 2:15).

Our challenge today is to find such a preacher and then give him our loyalty and support. They may be getting harder to find, but they’re still out there.

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