File this in the “Preachers Have Fun Too” category. A friend and I were discussing ministry / preaching, and I told him, “You’ve got a whole room full of toes to step on, why miss any of them?”
… Including our own.
I just wish more pastors were willing to step on toes. Too many are worried about being fired.
Yes. But then there are the other kind who think the whole purpose is to step on toes, rather than to actually teach.
Really? I never ran into one of those kinds. But, yes, they would be just as wrong as those who are afraid to step on toes.
“It isn’t preaching if no one is offended.” Etc. Sorry, that’s not Biblical. Yes, I’ve encountered them.
As one who does not do any preaching, I can honestly say that it is when the preacher is making me feel uncomfortable that I know he is hitting the point that God wants me to attend to in my life. As a society we keep mistaking hurt for harm, and we need to remember that the sugary drink does not hurt us. It is the dentist who does that when he is putting right the harm that the drinks have caused. If we are hurt enough by what the preacher says, then perhaps we will get our lives in order to be sure that we do not come to eternal harm. Remember what God told Ezekiel about his responsibility.
“For doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness” (II Timothy 3:16). That’s not all toe-stepping, but it certainly includes some toe-stepping, doesn’t it?
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