I’ve spent an unusual amount of time on YouTube over the last several days as I’ve been bound to the couch, recuperating from knee surgery. This is always dangerous, as I begin with material I’m genuinely interested in, but the algorithms YouTube uses to suggest associated content inevitably leads me down a path to where I eventually find myself watching videos directly opposed to my original interest.
Along these lines, I was listening to a sermon by a well-know pastor last night. I was drifting off into sleep as I began to hear things that I had to playback to make sure I was hearing correctly. I was so stunned that I decided to jot down some of the statements, verbatim.
I’m not going to identify this pastor, because I’m not sure there is any benefit to that, but I’m very curious about how others might respond to some of his statements.
This is what he said:
“Christian ministry has one clear duty, and that is to bring to people the truth of God revealed in the Scripture by explaining it’s meaning. The meaning of the Scripture is the revelation from God. I have no other responsibility in my duty to represent the Lord Jesus Christ than to explain to you the meaning of his revelation. God has revealed himself in one book. We are ministers of this one book. In a sense, we are brokers of this one book… The simple instruction of 2 Timothy 4:2 “preach the word,” sums up that duty. There is nowhere in Scripture where we are commanded to do anything else. We are to PREACH - THE – WORD… meaning: the revelation of God contained in Scripture.”
And a little later in the same sermon:
“The Holy Spirit works only through the word. The Holy spirit uses the word of God as the means of saving. The only tool the Spirit has is the Scripture. Where the Scripture is replaced by anything else, the work of the Spirit is hindered. There might be a large crowd. They might be having a great time. They might enjoy the rock and roll concert that usually precedes the insipid, inane talk. But, that’s not where the Spirit of God is.”
Lord, have mercy.
What is this!? Can anyone help me here?