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SOUND TEACHING

preachingBut as for you, teach what accords with sound doctrine. (Titus 2:1 ESV) For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. (2 Timothy 4:3-4 ESV)

A huge problem in the modern church is the “itching ears” disease. Many of our churches have accumulated pastors who believe that preaching is giving a talk on what you think the congregation wants to hear. These pastors know that the people in the pews want to feel good about themselves. This is why we hear of such sermon titles as “How to Command Angels,” “Secret Sources of Power,” “Dream and You Will Win the World,” and “You Can Have Your Best Life Now.” Most of these sermons contain more pop-psychology than the Gospel.

Too many preachers are basing their sermons on modern psychology and philosophy along with a couple of phrases of Scriptures. These sermons focus on the hearer and not the Glory of God. They fail to teach Christian doctrine and promote a self-conceived (unbiblical) notion of Jesus. After all, the congregation is more interested in emotionalism than sound teaching. There is a place for emotion in the church of God when it results from the true reverence of God accompanied by the knowledge of Him. Emotionalism, however, is a surface reaction to circumstances and cannot be maintained when the circumstances wane. Sound teaching becomes the first casualty of personal passions. Such an environment hinders the growth of true Christians and gives false hope to “cultural Christians” who do not yet know Christ. Therefore, seek the preachers and teachers of the nourishing words of Christ. It is a blessing to have pastors and teachers who preach according to the word of God. They will feed men with knowledge and understanding. Beware choosing teachers after your own heart’s lust. Samuel at Gilgal

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