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December 12, 2022
This Week's Teaching | Prayers | Christmas Meetup
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This Week's Teaching: "Three Sins to Watch Out for in the Preachers You Listen To"
Whenever you catch yourself quoting a preacher (or pastor or podcaster or meme), ask yourself whether you can say the same thing by just quoting scripture.
If you can't, that doesn't mean the preacher is wrong. It probably just means that it's a constructed opinion, synthesized from a variety of sources. If those sources are all scripture, it's probably a strong opinion. But if those sources are other people's constructed opinions about scripture, it is a weaker opinion. It's farther from the true source. And if those other people's constructed opinions are synthesized from unbiblical sources, it is a dangerous opinion.
I believe the church's pulpits and podcasts are filled with weak and dangerous opinions.
That's why I believe it's so important that we learn to go back to the scriptures, to read them personally and in small conversational gatherings like we're doing with X242 (and like I taught last week). This devotion keeps us from being led astray by fancy thinkers and eloquent speakers. And it helps us to say Amen with a reasoned conviction when we come across fancy thinkers and eloquent speakers who speak a biblical truth!
In fact, I want to be sure to say this clearly: This isn't to cast aspersions on preachers. Not at all. Preachers are called by God to preach the gospel. Jesus was a preacher. The apostles were preachers. And I personally feel the weight of what Paul said in 1 Corinthians 9:16, "Woe to me if I don't preach the gospel."
But the church has become too fascinated with, and dependent upon, preachers as their primary source of God's word. And from that fascination, it seems we've lost discernment. We've become tolerant of three sins:
I explain the first two in this week's teaching, and plan to explain the third next week. So, open your bible to the following scriptures and read along as you watch/listen above:
With conviction and hope.
Prayers for this week
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Roger Shenk is the pastor of X242, a network of microchurches.