There is an ongoing disturbing trend going on in Christian Television across America and throughout the world. Pastors aren’t preaching the Word and in fact some never open the Bible at all.
They get in the pulpit and tell a story for 30 to 45 minutes on being positive and how you can prosper better known as the Prosperity Gospel. You know how it works; send in x amount of dollars as a seed and you will be rich in a week.
This one is out there as well: send in x amount of dollars and we will send you a prayer shawl or some other item. Sadly we are buying in to this everyday and churches are growing but I wonder what are they growing in? It’s not the Word of God because it’s not being preached.
Don’t get me wrong; there are some great preachers on television who love God and His people.
I want to be in a church where God’s Word comes first; where God is central and everything else hinges on that premise and I am blessed to be in a church like this.
Some churches are known for their worship and the preaching is secondary; we in America want to be entertained so if the worship is good and media is used; then we are happy.
There is nothing wrong with using media and I love great worship but I don’t attend church to be entertained; I don’t want fluff….I want Jesus.
Give me His Word, teach me His ways, allow me to grow deeper in a Life Group, allow me to serve.
Pastors; we have to preach His Word and not add or take away from it to make it say what we want because His Word says:
I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book.
Revelation 22:18 (NIV)
I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. Matthew 5:18 (NIV)
We are to feed the sheep and not lead them astray for God’s Word says this:
I am confident in the Lord that you will take no other view. The one who is throwing you into confusion will pay the penalty, whoever he may be.
Galatians 5:10 (NIV)
We are held accountable so when we teach or preach; let’s use the Word and plant the seeds and let God harvest.
Keep it real