Fifteen Evil Consequences of Plexiglas Preaching

John MacArthur takes on the idea that good preaching is aimed at the felt needs of the hearer. He notes: “This is what is wrong with superficial, marginally biblical preaching.”

I’d suggest preachers and parishioners read the whole thing here.

Here’s the summarized list.

  1. It usurps the authority of God over the soul.
  2. It removes the lordship of Christ from His church.
  3. It hinders the work of the Holy Spirit.
  4. It demonstrates appalling pride and a lack of submission.
  5. It severs the preacher personally from the regular sanctifying grace of Scripture.
  6. It clouds the true depth and transcendence of our message and therefore cripples both corporate and personal worship.
  7. It prevents the preacher from fully developing the mind of Christ.
  8. It depreciates by example the spiritual duty and priority of personal Bible study.
  9. It prevents the preacher from being the voice of God on every issue of his time.
  10. It breeds a congregation that is as weak and indifferent to the glory of God as their pastor is.
  11. It robs people of their only true source of help.
  12. It encourages people to become indifferent to the Word of God and divine authority.
  13. It lies to people about what they really need.
  14. It strips the pulpit of power.
  15. It puts the responsibility on the preacher to change people with his cleverness.

“So preach the Word, even though it is currently out of fashion to do so (2 Tim. 4:2). That is the only way your ministry can ever truly be fruitful. Moreover, it assures that you will be fruitful in ministry, because God’s Word never returns to Him void; it always accomplishes that for which He sends it, and prospers in what He sends it to do (Isa. 55:11).”