Good and Bad Preaching

The modern gospel says, “God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life. Therefore, follow these steps, and you can be saved.” Meanwhile, the biblical gospel says, “You are an enemy of God, dead in your sin, and in your present state of rebellion, you are not even able to see that you need life, much less to cause yourself to come to life. Therefore, you are radically dependent on God to do something in your life that you could never do.” The former gospel sells books and draws crowds. The latter saves souls. Which is more important?
– David Platt

Of all the preaching in the world, I hate that preaching which tends to make the hearers laugh or move their minds with tickling levity and affect them as stage plays do, instead of affecting them with a holy reverence for the name of God.
– Richard Baxter

Differences between much of today’s preaching and that of Jesus are not petty, but are enormous. The chief errors are not in emphasis or approach, but in the heart of the gospel message. To ignore the attributes of God and his law, to ignore repentance and a call to bow to the enthroned Christ, and to pervert the doctrine of assurance, is the most vital mistake.
– Walter Chantry

Products of modern evangelism are often sad examples of Christianity. They make a profession of faith, and then continue to live like the world. “Decisions for Christ” mean very little. Only a small proportion of those who make “decisions for Christ” ever evidence the grace of God in a transformed life.
– Walter Chantry

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