Published June 21, 2007
I would like to respond to Dr. Harris’ editorial in the June 7 edition of The Christian Index. Dr. Harris’ editorial is both timely and true! Preachers have never been called to “fill the pews,” we have been called to, “preach the word.” Unfortunately, pragmatism in ministry is creeping in, and “filling the pew” is becoming the focus instead of “proclaiming the word.”
There is nothing wrong with hosting events during the church year intended on drawing large numbers of people, but what a shame it would be to fill the pews and then feed them pabulum. There is nothing wrong with technology, but technology must always be the servant, not the master.
The preacher committed to God-honoring Biblical exposition week-in and week-out will honor God in so many more ways than if he were concerned about the latest popular method that draws a lot of people but does nothing to draw them closer to the Savior.
We have never been called to be purpose driven or seeker sensitive, but we have been called to take up our cross, die to self, and follow the crucified and risen Lord Jesus Christ.
Preachers must believe beyond a shadow of a doubt in the inerrancy, infallibility, holiness, and complete inspiration of the word of God. If not, then perhaps they should step down and do something else.
A commitment to holiness in life, to the faithful exposition and proclamation of God’s word, regardless of how many are in the pews, is the call God has placed on the preacher’s life.
There is a great “felt need” in the pew today – the need for a Savior, not a five-step solution to a “better life.”
Preacher, fill the pulpit, “preach the word” (2 Tim. 4:2), walk before the Lord and “be blameless” (Gen. 17:1), “be filled with the Spirit” (Eph. 5:18), “contend earnestly for the faith” (Jude 3), and “walk in the light” (1 Jn. 1:7).
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