“For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.” – 2 Timothy 4:3-4
“…and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.” – 1 Corinthians 2:4-5
What is “sound teaching?” I would suggest that sound teaching is that which is based on Biblical truth; teaching which is from the Bible – the whole Bible. We can’t omit parts of the Bible because it doesn’t sound positive enough. People, whether they realize it or not, are longing for the truth of the whole Bible. God has chosen to reveal Himself through His word, so who are we to pick and choose?
So, Joel Osteen, why not preach that all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23)? Because that’s not you? You’re right, that isn’t you…and that’s the problem.
According to Rick Warren, the first words of Jesus were “come and see.” Warren says this is the entry point of faith. He says sit in the back, don’t sing anything, say anything, sacrifice anything. Actually, the words of Jesus were come and follow Me. Jesus says, “…If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me” (Luke 9:23). Quite a difference.
Todd Bentley – God never told you to kick someone in the face; God never told you to grab crippled legs and bang them up and down on the platform.
So, Benny Hinn, Robert Tilton, Kenneth Copeland, Larry Huch, Fred Price, Creflo Dollar, Kenneth Hagin, and others…it is a huge relief to me that God can save despite bad preaching.
Preach the Word!
– Adam Smith