Preaching Then and Now

Preachers today are licensed and ordained by the church; men of old were ordained and sent by God. Preachers today go forth armed with degrees and credentials; men of old went forth anointed by the Holy Spirit. Preachers today are questioned by committees and hired to preach what the church believes; men of old came preaching, “Thus saith the Lord.” Preachers today give themselves to programs, visitation, church business; men of old gave themselves to prayer and the ministry of the Word. Preachers today preach and men are persuaded to move their membership; men of old preached and, “they were pricked in their hearts and cried, Men and brethren, what shall we do?” Preachers today pray and the organ plays softly; Elijah prayed and the fire of God fell. Preachers today are afraid that they will offend someone; Paul was afraid that he would not. If there is no offense, the gospel has not been preached.

Author Unknown                                                                                                                      Article copied from the July 15, 2012 church bulletin                                                          Grace Baptist Church    Danville, Kentucky

About Greg Coleman

I am a Particular Baptist who affirms the absolute sovereignty of the triune Godhead in all things. The fullness of the Godhead dwells in the God-man Jesus Christ. He is the Creator, Sustainer, Redeemer, Disposer and Judge of all that ever was, is now or ever shall be. Jesus Christ is the only mediator between God and men. He was made to be sin for his people and saved them from their sins by his substitutionary, sacrificial death on the cross thereby satisfying the justice and wrath of God against them. The sufficiency of his death to the satisfaction of God’s justice is proven by his physical resurrection from the dead and enthronement in glory at the right hand of the Father. Jesus Christ is coming again to judge the living and the dead. Every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.
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3 Responses to Preaching Then and Now

  1. Wayne Augden says:

    So to all the pastors and preachers out there…..Which are you?

  2. Dave Dunbar says:

    Though I certainly appreciate the sentiment, I think some of the particulars by this unknown author are troubling.

    Men should indeed by recognized by the local church, not self-appointed. That is not in opposition to being sent by God — it is the church affirming that a man has been called by God.

    Whether or not a guy has a ‘degree’ (which is largely irrelevant), he does need annointing — and the Holy Spirit can and does annoint those with an MDiv and those without one.

    A church ought to question a man about what he believes. And if someone says “thus saith the Lord”, he’d better be quoting from the Bible, otherwise he’s making up stuff in his own vain imagination.

    If “programs” are about people, and visitation better be about people, he is shepherding the flock. Hopefully, that’s part of his ministry of the Word. And when he’d visited, then he has more to pray about. Those two don’t necessarily conflict with each other.

    Some of us today don’t pray with music in the background, and we recognize that the fire at the time of Elijah was a unique event, not to be repeated.

    Some (many) today are afraid about offending, but that was true of the past as well. And some today are not afraid of offending, recognizing that, as stated, the gospel does indeed offend.

    The ideas stated by the author are not incorrect, but I think they made some false contrasts.

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