The Devastating Consequences of a Watered-Down Message by John MacArthur
Those who are familiar with my ministry know that I am committed to expository preaching. It is my unshakable conviction that the proclamation of Godâ€™s Word should always be the heart and the focus of the churchâ€™s ministry (2 Tim. 4:2). And proper biblical preaching should be systematic, expositional, theological, and God-centered.
Such preaching is in short supply these days. There are plenty of gifted communicators in the modern evangelical movement, but todayâ€™s sermons tend to be short, shallow, topical homilies that massage peopleâ€™s egos and focus on fairly insipid subjects like human relationships, "successful" living, emotional issues, and other practical but worldlyâ€”and not definitively biblicalâ€”themes. Like the ubiquitous Plexiglas lecterns from which these messages are delivered, such preaching is lightweight and without substance, cheap and synthetic, leaving little more than an ephemeral impression on the minds of the hearers. More here.