Elevate the pulpit in the church once more, in its zeal and its assault against hell. Station a Bible on that pulpit, an open Bible, and assert that whatever is heard elsewhere, in God’s house hearing shall be accorded the preached Word. Let this preaching be a curiosity and a persistent exposition of the Word: make it voluable, vociferous and violent.
The Church Aggressive
Inform the world that heralds are in it with clear words to call a people back from the abyss’ edge. Forget the sales pitch, abandon the soft sell, discard the grey flannels, pigeon-hole the pushed programs and incinerate the sure-fire charts. Let the minister confess it: soft talk is ridiculous in a hard world, meek answers do not fit ominous questions, dilettante dialogue does not guide bewildered souls, and entertaining wit generates no conviction. Ground the ecclesiastical ad men, the promotional experts, the organizational conformists and the itinerary executives: ground them to pulpits and pews. Pull the firing pad from under their mecurial feet before they have us all in orbit, dizzily wheeling in circles, reaching for goals no one wants and landing on moons nobody needs. Challenge men with the Word’s either/or, enthrone eternity’s message on the consciousness of all, raise the call to repent across the luxury-laden land, and lay comfort on the line where the knees bend, the fears coalesce and the tears fall.
Let preaching command the life of the Church, rock persons free from sin, uproot them from false securities and drive them to pursue conformity to Christ. Make the articulated impact of pin-pointed preaching block fallacy’s roads, blow the bridges on pride’s highway, close all self-saving bypasses, and leave no avenue traversable except the way ...1
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