Musical Ministries and Wordy Preachers Part 2
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Authored By  :
Bill Kochman

Published On :
January 7, 2000

Last Updated :
January 3, 2009

Prepared Sermons Versus Divine Inspiration, God's Program Or
Only Yours?, Eloquent Non-Offensive Diatribes, The Offensive
Gospel, Circus Sideshow Of American Preachers, Cult Of The
Glorified Preacher, Danger Of False Doctrine, Conclusions

You see, the potential problem with preaching from a long
prepared sermon, is that we may say what we want to say,
instead of what the Lord may really want us to say. There is
very little, or possibly even no room, for intervention by
God's Holy Spirit, unless the preacher is really yielded to
the Lord, and willing to deviate from his prepared lesson.
Perhaps the hearers are really in need of something entirely
different from what may be included in the prepared lesson,
but they may never get it if the preacher is following just
his own program, and is not in tune with God's Spirit. Maybe
the sermon of that slick preacher was indeed eloquent, and
worthy of worldly praise, but was it really God speaking, or
was it just the preacher? Let's be honest with ourselves for
a moment. Many of the sermons which are preached in churches
throughout America today are lukewarm, politically-correct
diatribes, which are specifically tailored to offend no one,
lest church members be lost, and the weekly offerings drop.
I am reminded of the following prophecy written by the
Apostle Paul:

"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; And they shall
turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned
unto fables." 2 Timothy 4:3-4, KJV

These modern theological teachers and preachers are paid to
spout off a non-offensive, patriotic, secular humanistic,
worldly, ecumenical Gospel; but if there is one thing I know
without any degree of doubt, it is that God's Word is indeed
offensive to this sinful world; and it is becoming even more
offensive, and we Christians too are becoming more offensive
to the world, with each passing year, as man strays further
and further away from the manner of living ordained by the
Holy Scriptures. If you seriously doubt the offensive nature
of the true Word of God, then may I suggest that you begin a
careful study of the audience reaction to the sermons given
by Jesus and His early followers before worldly compromise
set in. While many of the common people gladly received the
Gospel, organized religion, and organized government did
not. Consider also the following revelatory verses:

"If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had
sin: but now they have no cloke for their sin."
John 15:22, KJV

"And they were offended in him. But Jesus said unto them, A
prophet is not without honour, save in his own country, and
in his own house." Matthew 13:57, KJV

"Then came his disciples, and said unto him, Knowest thou
that the Pharisees were offended, after they heard this
saying?" Matthew 15:12, KJV

"Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of
James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not his
sisters here with us? And they were offended at him."
Mark 6:3, KJV

"Many therefore of his disciples, when they had heard this,
said, This is an hard saying; who can hear it? When Jesus
knew in himself that his disciples murmured at it, he said
unto them, Doth this offend you?...From that time many of
his disciples went back, and walked no more with him."
John 6:60-61, 66, KJV

"When they heard that, they were cut to the heart, and took
counsel to slay them." Acts 5:33, KJV

"When they heard these things, they were cut to the heart,
and they gnashed on him with their teeth." Acts 7:54, KJV

"For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper
than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing
asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow,
and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the
heart." Hebrews 4:12, KJV

"Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not
to send peace, but a sword. For I am come to set a man at
variance against his father, and the daughter against her
mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.
And a man's foes shall be they of his own household. He that
loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me:
and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not
worthy of me. And he that taketh not his cross, and
followeth after me, is not worthy of me. He that findeth his
life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake
shall find it." Matthew 10:34-39, KJV

So as you can see, the real Gospel of Jesus Christ results
in division. It exposes the sins of the rebellious, and it
also separates the believers from the non-believers, even
within the same families.

Another potential danger of relying upon prepared sermons,
is that while the Lord may have already said by His Holy
Spirit what He intended to say, the preacher may continue
speaking in his own spirit, by his own strength, and by his
own wisdom. While we want to follow Paul's advice by not
quenching, or holding back, the Spirit, we also need to make
certain that it is still God who is doing the preaching, and
not we ourselves. It is very easy to become lost in one's
own zeal, and lifted up in one's own pride, possibly due to
a favorable audience reaction. For those of my readers who
are Americans, you are aware of the fact that some Southern
Baptist preachers, travelling Evangelical preachers, and
Pentecostal preachers are notorious for putting on quite a
show in the flesh. They know how to emphasize just the right
words, when to stomp their feet, when to clap their hands,
and do everything just right in order to captivate their
audiences; but how much of it is really inspired by the
Lord's Spirit, and how much of it is just to make sure that
the collection plate is filled when it is passed around at
the end of the spiritual circus sideshow?

Just as we saw earlier in our discussion regarding Christian
musicians, what may start out being Christ-glorifying, can
easily result in glorification of the preacher if one isn't
careful. In the United States of America, it seems that many
Christians have their favorite preacher. Sometimes I'm asked
by my readers what I think of preacher so-and-so. More often
than not, I don't have an opinion, because I don't know the
person in question and I am not familiar with their doctrine
or ministry. I simply don't pay much attention to organized
religion, unless the Lord happens to place a certain issue
in front of me, and I am motivated to look into the matter
and then present my perspective on the issue. This problem
with preacher worship is nothing new. It causes problems
today, just as it caused problems almost two thousand years
ago. The Apostle Paul dealt with this issue on one occasion
when he wrote the following lines in his first Epistle to
the brethren at Corinth:

"Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus
Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be
no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined
together in the same mind and in the same judgment. For it
hath been declared unto me of you, my brethren, by them
which are of the house of Chloe, that there are contentions
among you. Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am
of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ.
Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye
baptized in the name of Paul?" 1 Corinthians 1:10-13, KJV

"For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you
envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and
walk as men? For while one saith, I am of Paul; and another,
I am of Apollos; are ye not carnal? Who then is Paul, and
who is Apollos, but ministers by whom ye believed, even as
the Lord gave to every man? I have planted, Apollos watered;
but God gave the increase. So then neither is he that
planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that
giveth the increase. Now he that planteth and he that
watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward
according to his own labour." 1 Corinthians 3:3-8, KJV

Aside from self-glorification, another danger which exists
with some long-winded preachers, is that because of pride,
rebellion and unbelief, Satan can indeed enter in, and use
them as his vehicles to teach erroneous doctrine. This is
exactly how secular humanism has crept into many churches.
Because of the unbelief which exists in their own hearts,
which is sometimes the evil fruit of several years of study
at a particular worldly seminary, some of these preachers
use their sermons to convey this same de-spiritualized,
perverted and twisted interpretation of the Word of God to
their congregations, who blindly accept the words of their
preacher. Allow me again to remind you of some of the words
of the Apostle Paul:

"Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain
deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of
the world, and not after Christ." Colossians 2:8, KJV

"And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words
of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of
power: That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of
men, but in the power of God." 1 Corinthians 2:4-5, KJV

Based upon the Scriptural evidence I have now presented to
you the reader, allow me to suggest that perhaps this is why
this young Catholic priest may have said the things which he
is reported to have said by my friend in Brazil. Perhaps the
priest recognizes that the Lord dwells in the praises of His
people, and thus he has chosen to emphasize music and song
in his ministry. On the other hand, maybe he recognizes the
inherent danger of preaching long sermons, and is simply
trying to avoid it. I really don't know. Of course, there
also exists the possibility that he is merely carrying on
the long tradition of the Roman Catholic Church, which has
historically been to withhold the true Word of God from the
Catholic faithful, by replacing it with other less important

As I explain in such articles as 'Are The Gifts Of The
Spirit For Today?', 'Lying Wonders Of The Endtime', 'Have
You Been Slain In The Spirit?', and 'God's Golden Teeth, Or
Satan's Delusion?', it is dangerous for any church to place
more emphasis on music and song, or on the Gifts and the
Manifestations of the Spirit, than on the serious study of
the Word of God. Some people have become so sidetracked with
playing with their spiritual toys, that they have seriously
neglected the Giver of those Gifts, and the truths found
within His Word; and this has only served to stunt their
spiritual growth. Let me simply conclude by saying that I do
not know the heart of this priest. As such, I cannot rightly
determine what his true motivations might be; yet the
admonitions I offer in this article are nevertheless worthy
of your consideration.

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