I know I sound like a broken record – but we’re really in big trouble.
Driving by a Purpose Driven Church that’s on my way home, I see the lavish sign, “Beautiful Collision.”
What is it? A pre-made program a church can buy, complete with roadside banners, suggested preaching plans (with outlines and suggested sermon illustrations as well). The Pastor’s work is almost entirely done. The church can then be entertained, enlightened, and made to feel satisfied and happy.
The problem with this is – and again, i’m probably boring all of you, but PLEASE bear with me on this…
- What doctrine is taught?
- What sin is rebuked?
- What Scriptures did this “Beautiful collision” come from?
Essentially, if you are writing a sermon series, and then trying to find the verses to hang them on… you are not preaching a text, you are preaching a PRE-text.
Sermons are to be about the teaching of doctrine, the reproval of sin, and the glorification of God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost.
Today’s Christianity is not about the reproval of sin, it is about being happy. “Don’t worry, be happy” went from being a novelty song of the ’80’s to indeed, becoming the new Bible for Christians. “My ears must be tickled!” Demands today’s churchgoers.
3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; 4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. 2 Timothy 4:3-4 (KJV)
Everyone is now after happiness, self esteem and prosperity teaching. Nobody is reproved of sin, because, “Why, that would be negative!”
How then can you read the Bible? I have to preach the Bible! If you do not read your Bible, you will not know that what is being preached in today’s pulpits is NOT CHRISTIANITY!!! It is apostasy, heresy.
29 For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD: 30 They would none of my counsel: they despised all my reproof. 31 Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices. 32 For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them. Proverbs 1:29-32 (KJV)
If I do not reprove sin, I am in violation of the Bible.
16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (KJV)
We are supposed to:
- teach doctrine
- reprove sin
- correct error
- and instruct in righteousness.
I don’t care about “How WONDERFUL it is we meet all kinds of people in today’s life!”
Yeah, and literally 95% of the people you meet will not enter the kingdom of Heaven! How beautiful is THAT??? the sad answer is, not very.
So, okay, enough of my ranting. Let’s get back to the series on “How to study the Bible.”
Because I’m not sure how you can preach some kind of ear tickling sermon, completely neglect the responsibility laid upon you as a preacher of the Gospel, and still claim to study your Bible?
Certainly not if you’re buying your sermon series from LIfeway.