Preaching To The Choir

We all know what the expression “preaching to the choir” means. It is not always a bad thing to preach what your audience already agrees with – reminders are important (I Cor 4:17). But a problem results when all a gospel preacher does is preach to the choir. If he avoids touchy or controversial subjects, if he limits himself to only what his audience already adheres to, then …

· he is not preaching “all the counsel of God” – Acts 20:27

· he is not warning his audience as he should – Ezek 3:18

· their (spiritual) blood will be upon his hands – Acts 20:26

· he is (in effect) deceiving hearts because he is leading his listeners into a false sense of security – Rom 16:18

· he is falling right into the hands of the devil as he is pandering to only what his audience wants said – II Tim 4:3

· his audiences will praise him to no end Luke 6:26

Does Acts 20:31 (“Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears”) describe our teaching? How many Micaiahs (I Kings 22:8) are still among us? Looking back at II Tim 4:3, is it possible the most popular preachers among us are so popular because all they do is preach to the choir?

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