Peddlers of God’s Word

Dear Reader,

In Second Corinthians, I find this quote: “For we are not, like so many, peddler’s of God’s word; but as men of sincerity, as commissioned by God, in the sight of God we speak in Christ” (2 Cor. 2:17; RSV).

How often these days have our churches become peddlers of the gospel? We treat God’s Word as a product we must sell. So we wrap it up in fancy packaging. We surround it with music or rituals or social activities or just a proliferation of words that we think will make it appealing. We market instead of preaching. But what did Paul do? He “spoke Christ.” As it says in 1 Cor. 1:23, he “preach[ed] Christ crucified.” What more is there? And why do we feel the need to improve upon God’s Word or to make it more palatable to our fellow man? Perhaps it is because we don’t truly believe either the greatness of our message or the power of God’s word.

Nebby

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