Here are his 15 effects of superficial preaching:
Some time ago I hosted a discussion at the Expositors’ Institute, an annual small-group colloquium on preaching held at our church. In preparation for that seminar, I took a yellow legal pad and a pen and began listing the negative effects of the superficial brand of preaching that is so rife in modern evangelicalism.
I initially thought I might be able to identify about ten, but in the end I had jotted down a list of sixty-one devastating consequences. I’ve distilled them to fifteen by combining and eliminating all but the most crucial ones. I offer them as a warning against superficial, marginally-biblical preaching—both to those who stand behind the pulpit and to those who sit in the pew.
- It usurps the authority of God over the soul.
- It removes the lordship of Christ from His church.
- It hinders the work of the Holy Spirit.
- It demonstrates appalling pride and a lack of submission.
- It severs the preacher personally from the regular sanctifying grace of Scripture.
- It clouds the true depth and transcendence of our message and therefore cripples both corporate and personal worship.
- It prevents the preacher from fully developing the mind of Christ.
- It depreciates by example the spiritual duty and priority of personal Bible study.
- It prevents the preacher from being the voice of God on every issue of his time.
- It breeds a congregation that is as weak and indifferent to the glory of God as their pastor is.
- It robs people of their only true source of help.
- It encourages people to become indifferent to the Word of God and divine authority.
- It lies to people about what they really need.
- It strips the pulpit of power.
- It puts the responsibility on the preacher to change people with his cleverness.
(HT: Benji Marconi)