I have a problem with preachers who sugarcoat, sweeten up and water down the Word of God for the sake of getting along with folks. They dilute the Word of God so much that their message doesn’t resemble anything that God sent them to say – that is if God sent them at all.
Such fence straddling preachers are of no use to God and only create hell-hound followers. They harm the credibility and integrity of the True Faith.
Their theatrical and religious performances on the church’s pulpit stage invokes applause, loud cheering with shout of “hallelujah” and “praise the Lord” and other excited utterances. However, most of these utterances are rehearsed and emotionally induced and have nothing to do with the genuine move of God’s Holy Spirit attesting to the Truth Of God’s Divine Revelation through the preached Word. No! Most of these utterances are insincere and serve only to relay to the performing preacher that his performance is very entertaining and well pleasing to the listening audience.
Some preachers—not all of us—but some of us have become addicted to the congregational vocal feedback. Some of us preach to receive a response. We use our sing-song voice and our whoop in order to get a rise out of the congregation.
The focus of some ministries—not all of them—is not on convicting sinners and saving souls by the saving Word of God but on the verbal aesthetics of the preaching personality. Preaching is only preaching if it doesn’t hurt anyone’s feelings or challenge anyone’s religious organization or question their salvation.
Allow me to inform some and remind others that we ought always to preach the preaching that the Preacher bids us to preach, if indeed we have the Preacher dwelling within us.
“I MAY BE WRONG BUT I DOUBT IT.” Preachers who water down and otherwise modify the Word of God for the sake of popularity and acceptance, will never see the kingdom of God.