preaching without seeing anything

Ezekiel 13:3 Thus saith the Lord GOD; Woe unto the foolish prophets, that follow their own spirit, and have seen nothing!

I am afraid that this is very true of much preaching today. Men go on emotions, what they see, what they think, as they prepare to preach.

They try to preach the Bible but it is based often not on deep Bible study but on superficial things that they see and try to answer. They see the need and go to the Bible to find the answer. Often the text had nothing to do with what they want to say.

There is not even a secondary application implied in the verse but it appears to fit what they need it to say. I have been guilty of this type of preaching. That is why I hate it so much. It is also why I so easily recognize it.

The men have a good heart. They have good intentions. They are only doing what they have seen done. They really believe that God spoke to them and gave them that message.

But the truth is that God only speaks through His Word. We can only speak authoritatively if we say what He wanted said in the text. We must and can only be a voice for the text.

That really hinders emotional, on the spot, need of the moment preaching. It takes all the authority off of the preacher and puts it on the Word of God. That is not pleasant for us preachers.

What do you say?

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