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You may ask how can that be. Consider these words from Paul the apostle: “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17). Most of us are familiar with this verse from Romans 10. In this chapter, Paul the apostle writes about God’s plan of salvation through faith in Christ.
He explains that a person can’t call on someone for salvation that he has not heard about. Hence, a vital role of the preacher is to preach about Christ so unbelievers can hear about Him and subsequently believe on Him and call on Him for salvation.
Now let’s expand on what Paul is saying here. When I accepted Christ as my Savior, I was a member of a Baptist church. This church believed in what the Bible says about Christ the Savior. But it did not believe in what the Bible says about spiritual gifts. Accordingly, I never heard my pastor preach or teach on the subject.
The problem is that the members of the congregation could not come around to believing on spiritual gifts through what was being preached on Sundays. How could they believe in and operate in what they were not hearing about? It is from this standpoint that I say some preaching is hazardous to your faith.
Let me take this one step further. Consider the healing power of God. If a preacher is of the conviction that God’s healing power ceased to exist with the passing of the apostles, he will not proclaim the availability of God’s healing power for today. In turn, those who hear him will not be built up to exercise faith in the healing power of God. Remember faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.
Of course, the members of such a congregation can read about spiritual gifts and divine healing during their personal Bible study. But I submit that if churchgoers never hear these divine works affirmed in the pulpit or if they hear it made light of in the pulpit, their faith in that area will be weak at best.
I have only touched on a couple of important areas in this post. Here is the conclusion of the matter. In order to be strong and healthy in your faith, you need to hear the full gospel passionately proclaimed in the house of God. Any other kind of preaching and teaching will be hazardous to your faith.
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