Preaching Today Emphasizes Comfort Over Commitment

A sobering word for pastors from T. M. Moore:

…The main difference between preaching today and during the formative years of the American experiment is that today’s pastors emphasize comfort, not commitment, and they are content to have folks coming back for more rather than going forth to give whatever they have

…But the problem is not with the people in the pews. As Norman DeJong wrote 40 years ago, “If a teacher refuses to address himself and his class to the basic, signficant issues of life and persists in dealing with the trivial and the peripheral, then his student’s lack of commitment to his conjectures is understandable if not laudable.”

Along with DeJong’s observation, this comment by 19th century preacher Charles Spurgeon seems also to the point: “Thousands are congratulating themselves, and even blessing God that they are devout worshippers, when at the same time they are living in an unregenerate Christless state, having the form of godliness, but denying the power thereof. He who presides over a system which aims at nothing higher than formalism, is far more a servant of the devil than a minister of God.”

Read the whole article here.

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