Listen to the word of the Lord, you sons of Israel, because the Lord has a case against the inhabitants of the land, for there is no faithfulness, nor loyalty, nor knowledge of God in the land. My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Since you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being My priest. Since you have forgotten the Law of your God, I also will forget your children. The more they multiplied, the more they sinned against Me; I will change their glory into shame. – Hosea 4:1,6-7
On any given Sunday, pastors around the world rail against the evils of a nation that seems to have lost its moral compass. They will rightly express outrage at a lack (or the decline of) Christian influence that they see in their culture. Yet, when God revealed His knowledge of the degraded moral condition of Israel, He did not blame the influence of secularization, instead He placed the blame squarely at the feet of those charged with spiritual leadership, the priests.
Can it be that the spiritual decline in your nation is directly attributable to a corresponding anemia in your churches? And if so, does it not make sense that the church’s decline may be the result of weak and watered-down preaching? Are God’s people losing the battle simply because they lack the understanding to fight? God’s people don’t need an agenda, they hunger for the Word!
Much is required of a pastor these days, but above all that is demanded, he must not neglect to equip the saints. Be it virtually or personally, there can be no higher purpose. May each one be devoted to preparing and to preaching God’s truth and may we honor them when they do.
We cannot play at preaching. We preach for eternity. – Charles Spurgeon