for he is a babe. But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full
age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised
to discern both good and evil." --Hebrews 5:13-14
"Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a
famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but
of hearing the words of the LORD: And they shall wander from sea
to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and
fro to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find it." --Amos 8:11-14
America is dying from malnutrition. How long can a people survive
I turn on the TV or radio and listen to the sugar being fed to the
listeners and I nearly fall into a diabetic coma.
Yesterday as I took a rare trip to the mall I passed by the
Walden´s Book Store and I was shocked to see that the featured
book displayed at the entrance of the store was Joel Osteen´s
"Becoming a Better You," Christian cotton-candy for the masses.
"Wow," I thought out-loud. "A secular bookstore is featuring a
What is wrong with this picture? Self-help Christianity is all the
rage. If we were capable of helping ourselves, if WE were the
answer to our problems, Jesus put on His earth suit for nothing.
I expect this type of "preaching" from Dr. Phil, or Oprah, or a
myriad of "pychobabalists" who dot the world of plasma TV´s. But
it is tragic that the best selling Christian books in America today
happen to be of this ilk. "Self-help Christianity" (Your Best Life
Now, Purpose Driven Life, Becoming a Better You) has replaced
the Bible as the most popular reading among church-going folks.
Instead of meat, church-goers are eating candy. Is it any wonder
our nation is in the condition it is in?
I´m sure the temptation is great for pastors. How can a man watch
Mr. Osteen with his 30,000 member congregation, worldwide
television ministry, and cadre of best selling books and not be
envious? Rick Warren sold millions of "Purpose Driven" books.
Pastors and church leaders adopted the resources as a means of
training their flocks to a more "successful" Christian-life. Like an
infant crying for milk in the middle of the night, Americans are
squealing for food. As harsh as it may sound, and as judgmental
as you may like to think I am, the Truth is, instead of feeding
God´s children milk, and eventually meat, our people-pleasing
pulpiteers have served up a steady diet of sugar-water.
America´s pulpits have caused spiritual diabetes to destroy the
church. If we are to regain our spiritual-health our pastors must
once again preach the Word not a warmed-over plate of "Christian
maple syrup." It is our only hope.
Why is the preaching of the word so important?
The Word restores the authority of God into the lives of people.
Whenever anything is substituted for the Word, God´s authority
over souls is usurped. The Word of God does not need the
dime-store psychology of man to enhance Its power. Can you
think of anything more disrespectful of God than to use anything
besides His Word when feeding his sheep? Do you love me?
FEED MY SHEEP! Stop passing out candy!
The Word reinforces Jesus as the ultimate authority in the church.
The purpose of the advent of Christ was the annihilation of sin. The
appeasement of sin by the modern "cotton candy dispensers" has
caused the Gospel to be compromised and the power to destroy
sin is minimized. The direct result is a taking of the Name of the
Lord in vain. Jesus came to deliver us from evil, not make us
comfortable rubbing shoulders with it. The famine of the Word has
filled the church with false converts.
The Word allows the Holy Spirit to do His work. The Word is
God´s instrument of regeneration. The law is a "schoolmaster that
leads to Christ." "The Words that I say unto you they are Spirit
and they are life. The result of the Word not being preached is
shallow conversions that produce spiritually-lame Christians. It is
God´s Word that will not return void! No one comes to the Father
unless the Spirit draws Him! The Spirit rides on the Word not the
opinions of feeble men.
Preaching of the Word develops the mind of Christ. "Let this mind
be in you which was also in Christ Jesus. America´s pulpits have
become so concerned with being "relevant to the culture" that they
have permitted the leaven of the world to pollute the incorruptible
Word of God. The world has become the "salt of the church." Our
inability to speak the Word, and defend the Word has made the
"Word of God of none effect." We read the gospel according to
Rick Warren, Joel Osteen, Bill Hybels, and Joyce Meyer and
ignore the Gospel of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.
The Word allows the voice of God to be heard on the moral issues
of the day. Is it any wonder that there is so much confusion about
what the Bible teaches regarding homosexuality, marriage, and
abortion? God´s Word is the moral compass for mankind. Remove
the reading, teaching, and preaching of God´s Word and we are
sure to find ourselves shipwrecked. God´s Word is the anchor of
Truth and the rudder that directs the ship. It keeps the nation on
The Word introduces people to their One True source of help.
Failure to preach the Word robs us of the ability to submit to
Divine Authority. Focusing on the "felt needs" of those in the pew
creates a self-centered Christianity. The result of this "happiness-
preaching" is the elevation of the needs of man above the will of
the Lord. Divorce becomes justified if it makes one happy. Biblical
authority will not work if a man sees his happiness as the purpose
of Christ´s death.
The Word brings true repentance and conversion. Sin is soul-
sickness and just like any sickness it requires a cure. However,
failure to preach the Truth of sin prevents the diagnosis of life´s
problems from ever being exposed. Would you seek cancer
treatments if you didn´t know you had cancer? Would you seek a
Savior if you didn´t know you needed one? Today´s "easy-believism"
is convincing folks to trade what they cannot earn to accumulate
what they cannot keep. Those in the church are seeking the same
things as the pagans seek....and they think Jesus will help them get it.
I´ve never seen a Brink´s truck following a hearse.
Here are the long-term symptoms of diabetes.
Heart Disease. (Where your heart is, there shall your treasure be.)
Kidney Disease. (Eliminates the impurities from the body.)
Blindness (Israel´s Watchmen are blind. Isaiah 56:10)
Nerve Damage (The inability to feel and react to stimuli.)
Impotence (The Gospel is the Power....no Gospel, no power.
The battle for the culture will be won in the pews. Judgment must
first begin in the house of God.
"Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove,
rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine." 2 Timothy 4:2
Reprove and rebuke. Those are harsh words. They infer correction
Paul preached "Christ Crucified." We should do the same.
America has spiritual diabetes. The Word of God is the insulin.
Preach the Word. Anything else is junk food.
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