This way either posted in another thread or forum but I ran across it and thought it was worth posting.[b]Learning to discern between biblical and unbiblical preachingHOW TO TELL THE DIFFERENCE:[/b]Unbiblical preaching partners with Satan who aims to kill and destroy.Biblical preaching partners with God who gives life.Unbiblical preaching condemns.Biblical preaching convicts.Unbiblical preaching brings despair and confusion.Biblical preaching brings hope.Unbiblical preaching leaves its victim feeling degraded and despised.Biblical preaching leaves its listener feeling valuable to God.Unbiblical preaching flows form a self-righteous and haughty heart.Biblical preaching flows from level ground.Unbiblical preachers are far from the cross. They know little of God's mercy.Biblical preachers stay close to the cross. They have experienced God's mercy, and know their need for God's mercy at all times.Unbiblical preachers think they are obeying God.Biblical preachers are obeying God.Unbiblical preachers do not wait on the Lord.Biblical preachers wait on the Lord.Unbiblical preachers rely on their natural senses.Biblical preachers rely on Sprit revelation (regarding sins, disclosure, etc)Unbiblical preaching is controlling.Biblical preaching respects the freedom of the sinner to choose and think.Unbiblical preaching flows from hidden roots of bitterness.Biblical preaching flows from a heart that has forgiven all their past offenders.Unbiblical preaching has an abrasive tone.Biblical preaching has a tender tone.Unbiblical preachers seem against you. It feels like they are picking a fight.Biblical preachers are for you like they want to walk with you.Unbiblical preaching flows from a calloused heart.Biblical preaching flows from love at all times.Love covers over a multitude of sins. It preserves dignity. It restores. It gently leads the sheep to the shepherd.Unbiblical preaching is the method of Shem and Japeth: It mocks and ridicules sin and leaves it exposed.Biblical preaching is like Ham who covered his fathers nakedness. (symbolic of Christs covering)Those who treat the sins of others like Shem and Japeth will be cursed - those who ridicule sinners, put up degrading billboards about them, snicker among themselves about "those sinnners" (disgusting homos or whatever).Unbiblical preachers cannot empathize with their victim. They preach AT sinners.Biblical preaching flows from empathetic identification.Unbiblical preachers do not weep.Biblical preachers weep.Unbiblical preachers see no wounds. Instead they shoot the wounded.Biblical preachers sense the wounds hidden under the tough overlay. They promote healing.Unbiblical preachers produce no fruit or bad fruit.Biblical preachers cooperate with God in producing an eternal harvest.Really, ones message has far more to do with his/her heart condition than merely his words.The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. May God raise more preachers who are like Ham.Diane
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Thank you for thisI think I will print off a copy of this and read it before I preach to help me stay focussed.Thanks againJ-bird
It is vitally important that we concern ourselves with having the right message. But I think even greater then that is that we concern ourselves with having the right heart!
But I think even greater then that is that we concern ourselves with having the right heart!
If our heart is totally given over to Jesus, He is both willing and able to correct us but if we're fixated on being "right" that's often about ourselves and not Him.
yes, if your life is not a sermon you have no right at all to preach one!! "How can they hear without a preacher?""Faith comes by hearing"
I cant expect God to suddenly do it for me, if I havent been doing my part of learning to live the GOSPEL in every aspect of my being.
Now... to learn what that implies is worth our consideration.
Amen and Amen! We must live it and preach it! It isn't either/or, it is BOTH/AND! We must do both!