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The New Motivational Speakers – Week 34 / August 15th
“But there were also false prophets among the people
even as there will be false teachers among you, who
will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying
the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves
swift destruction.” 2 Peter 2:1
For some time now a new breed of Pastor has appeared on the horizon of Christian endeavor. This new preacher is a motivational in style and content. For these preachers the major themes of the Bible are neglected in favor of what they call “positive projection”. All of this is designed to make the hearer feel comfortable and not challenged. Consequently, the great doctrines of the Bible having to do with the wrath of God, sin, hell, the cross and repentance are neglected if not totally ignored. The call to live crucified lives is never made and so what we have is churches filled with people who really know very little about their faith, if anything at all. One wonders what type of Christians these people are and no doubt when trouble, trial and suffering comes they will fall away and abandon what little faith they have. The problem lies with unfaithful preachers who use their pulpits to “tickle the ears” of their people.
Both Peter and Paul warn us about preachers like this and so even the early church was filled with false teachers who led people astray. Paul calls them wolves as behind all the sweet talk and positive projection was the ravaging teeth of a beast determined to corrupt the body of Christ.
“Therefore take heed to yourselves and to all the flock,
among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers,
to shepherd the church of a god which He purchased
with His own blood. For I know this, that after my
departure savage wolves will come in among you, not
sparing the flock.” Acts 20: 28-29
All this means that we must seek refuge in churches where the whole counsel of God is faithfully preached. The most blessed style of preaching is that which wounds and heals by addressing the great biblical themes of sin, the wrath of God, repentance, the cross, grace, a crucified life and the soon coming of Christ. Don’t be fooled by the motivational preachers and get yourself into a local church where Jesus is really preached and honored. The time is really too short to play around.