“We’ll Assign What We Want Preached”
Volume IX ~ Issue XLIV ~ July 26th, 2009
By: Brian A. Yeager
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A preacher is called to come and preach the traditional Gospel Meeting. He is preparing for his trip. Then, in the mail comes the announcement for this meeting. He opens the announcement and finds that the “brethren” have chosen the subjects he’ll be preaching. Assigned to him are the following: “Instrumental Music In Worship Today, What Is the Church of Christ, What is Sin, The Coming Of Christ, The Home, and What Must I Do To Be Saved”. The preacher calls to find out why “brethren” need lessons on the above, of which they should already be informed. He gets some goofy story about how the lessons were chosen to help reach the lost. Those of us who know better fully know that the one’s lost are often those who have planned the meeting! What they need to hear is what they DO NOT want preached (Ezekiel 2:3-8 and Ezekiel 3:4-10).

Why do “brethren” contact preachers to come and teach the Gospel, but then they want to limit the truth being taught? Why do “brethren” want “Gospel Meetings”, but do not want to be told what
they should be doing to be saved? Who gave congregations authority to choose what’s preached? Why do so-called “preachers” allow these things to go on? Consider this: “Also, thou son of man, the children of thy people still are talking against thee by the walls and in the doors of the houses, and speak one to another, every one to his brother, saying, Come, I pray you, and hear what is the word that cometh forth from the LORD. And they come unto thee as the people cometh, and they sit before thee as my people, and they hear thy words, but they will not do them: for with their mouth they shew much love, but their heart goeth after their covetousness. And, lo, thou art unto them as a very lovely song of one that hath a pleasant voice, and can play well on an instrument: for they hear thy words, but they do them not. And when this cometh to pass, (lo, it will come,) then shall they know that a prophet hath been among them” (Ezekiel 33:30-33). Preaching is not a show. Preachers are not to act like puppets! Preachers need to be preaching to the needs of the audience.

What Those In Attendance Need To Hear is What Should Be Preached!


Preachers ought to be capable of learning their audience and preaching to the needs of those who are there (Acts 20:20). When Paul was in Athens and saw the city was, “wholly given to idolatry” (Acts 17:16), he did not preach on the sinfulness of mechanical instrumental music in worship to God. Paul taught about God and the error of idolatry (Acts 17:22-29). He did not leave the lesson off with some goofy story or a series of preacher jokes. Paul preached the necessity of repentance (Acts 17:30-31). When Jude wanted to write about salvation, he had to change up to write what was needful since wolves had crept in among the saints (Jude 3-4). The Jews, in Acts chapter two, needed to be told whom Jesus was/is. They needed to be told they were murderers. They needed to be told to repent and be converted, and that was the message they received (Acts 2:14-41). Many so-called “brethren” are afraid of real preaching. They are afraid they’ll offend someone. They are afraid that “visitors” will not come back if the preaching is to blunt. Maybe a lesson on the purpose of preaching is in order for these “brethren”.

What Is The Purpose of Preaching?

Many in the first century considered real preaching foolishness. Paul used this in the following in which we clearly find the purpose of preaching: “For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe” (I Corinthians 1:21). Preaching, even in Gospel Meetings, is also used to instruct Christians and to correct Christians (Acts 20:7 and I Thessalonians 2:10-12). Limiting a Gospel Preacher to certain subjects stands in his way of accomplishing his duties. Real preachers will never allow this to occur.

Real Preachers Will Do Their Work Regardless of Restraints Laid Upon Them


Preachers need to remember they are commanded of God, not men (Galatians 1:10-12), how and what to preach. Notice: “I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. 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. But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry” (II Timothy 4:1-5). Jonah was told by God to go and preach the preaching God told him to preach (Jonah 3:1-2). We should be doing that today!

When preachers allow themselves to be tied down and prevented from preaching what needs preached, the lost will not be saved (Romans 10:14-17). Preachers are expected by GOD to preach the truth plainly and boldly at all times (I Corinthians 2:1-5, II Corinthians 3:12, and Ephesians 6:19-20). When babes in Christ or those even older need sharp rebukes, preachers are expected to do so (Acts 8:17-24 and I Timothy 5:20). Preachers who allow their subjects to be selected and stay away from certain “controversial matters” are huge failures in the sight of God (Psalms 40:9, Matthew 3:2, Matthew 10:27, Luke 24:47, Acts 26:18-20, Romans 1:16, Colossians 1:28, I Thessalonians 2:1-13, and Titus 2:15). Without real preachers we will not have real congregations. The real truth will be concealed by real traditions and covered by very real ignorance!

Conclusion

Brethren, let’s make sure we never allow the hide-and-seek Gospel preaching that so many desire (John 18:20). Truth should never be sold (Proverbs 23:23). We must demand that preachers teach that which is needful at all times (I Thessalonians 4:1). Those of us teaching and preaching, we must remember we’ll be accountable for what we do not say when it needs to be said (Ezekiel 3:18 and Acts 20:26-27).