"The large crowd listened to Him WITH DELIGHT" Mk12:37 Christlike preaching is always Attractive(big crowd) & InterestingHm...may want to check that verse in context there, Rick. I feel really bad for all of those pastors of small churches who get up and preach the actual Gospel each week. Are we to assume that they are not engaging in "Christlike preaching" simply because their congregation is a small one? Seems to me the smaller the crowd, the bigger the chance that the truth is actually being preached! And let's not forget the story in John 6, following Christ's "Bread of Life" discourse, when many of His followers left Him upon hearing the TRUTH.
But perhaps my favorite Warren quote of the morning was the following:
60 When many of his disciples heard it, they said, “This is a hard saying; who can listen to it?” 61 But Jesus, knowing in himself that his disciples were grumbling about this, said to them, “Do you take offense at this? 62 Then what if you were to see the Son of Man ascending to where he was before? 63 It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is no help at all. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life. 64 But there are some of you who do not believe.” (For Jesus knew from the beginning who those were who did not believe, and who it was who would betray him.) 65 And he said, “This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted him by the Father.”66 After this many of his disciples turned back and no longer walked with him. (John 6:60-66, ESV)
Jesus always taught the truth. But he chose the truth THAT specific audience needed at THAT moment. It was relevant truth.Uh-huh. So am I to believe that the truth that Jesus spoke to "THAT specific audience" at "THAT moment" is not relevant to me today? Then why bother with the Bible, "pastor"? I'm waiting for the next tweet to tell me that truth is not only relevant, it's also relative.