Is the Future of the Church An Empty Pulpit?

I recently engaged in a conversation on google plus, which suggested “preaching is a broken worship form and the relevance of the monologue in general is fading”.

This is not a new idea. In his book, Preaching and Preachers Dr. Martin Lloyd-Jones noted that this emphasis that we should preach less and do other things more had been the particular emphasis of the entire Twentieth  Century.

One could tire of the critique, or realize that it could only be the desperation of the adversary that resurrects so patently absurd rhetoric again and again and again. But, in the defence of the faith, I would propose that we all consider the two principles articulates by my friend:(1) One, the relevance of monologue is said to be fading in general. Is this true? (2) Secondly, is preaching, as such a broken form of worship?

IS THE MONOLOGUE IN GENERAL FADING IN RELEVANCE?

Does no one remember the great Monologues of Barak Obama, in the lead up to, and especially on the day of his inauguration? I recall million live listeners on that day, and many more on television.

Has no one attended University? The majority of classes contain monologues.

Can we not also think of the editorials of key figures in the news? Those are (gasp) monologues, which private businesses believe will be profitable and create an influence for their bottom line amongst the general public.

Before the Iraq war (forget the political issues of this today), the British parliament was against UK participation. Tony Blair arose and gave one of the most persuasive monologues I have personally heard. At the end, the nation moved and the Queen’s Forces went to war. So, this premise, that the monologues are irrelevant today, we must find, is patently silly.

IS PREACHING, AS SUCH, A BROKEN FORM OF WORSHIP?

Much has been said here, by better men than me. But, in the end it comes down to a question of authority. For those who admit the theology of Scripture, the great question is this: Do we truly trust the Scripture, when the rubber meets the road?

In his instruction to a young Pastor, the Apostle Paul clarifies that he has written that “you may know HOW one ought to conduct themselves in the Church”.

He commands in this context: “Preach the Word in season and out of season” (2 Timothy 4:2). For more on this I commend D. Martin Lloyd Jones previously mentioned book, Preaching and Preachers.

Jesus way vs. Man’s way. In the end is is not God’s clear message to “preach the word” that fails. Rather, man’s way equals FAIL.

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