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Monday, January 20, 2014 | Comments (3)

by John MacArthur

While the sound of my voice might reach a lot of ears, it’s the biblical content that merits the attention, not me. My own ideas and opinions don’t contain “the words of eternal life” (John 6:68). Neither do yours.

Preaching the Bible establishes the authority of God over the mind and the soul. When a pastor faithfully preaches the Word of God, his people understand who has sovereignty over their souls—that it is God alone who reigns over their thoughts and their actions.  

I never want to be guilty of giving people the impression that they have heard from God when in fact they have only heard from me. When I step into the pulpit, the expectation is that I’m the messenger of God. I speak on His behalf, not my own.

I remember having dinner with the owner of nationally known newspaper who had come to our church out of curiosity. He was not a Christian. And he asked me, “Why don’t you ever give your opinion about anything?”

I responded by asking him: “Do you really need another opinion? You have a newspaper full of opinions every day. But, as a pastor, I’m not called to give my opinion. I’m here to represent the Word of the living God. I have no desire to write my own opinion column, but if you would be willing to give me a column where I can express what God says on all these issues, I’d be glad to do that.” Needless to say, he didn’t take me up on that offer. But I think he understood my point.

As ambassadors for God, our task is not to promote our own ideas, but rather to represent our King rightly. That means that all we should be doing is bringing the revealed truth of God to bear on the minds of men. Even our thinking has to be biblical. My prayer is that what Spurgeon said of Bunyan might be true of us today: “Why, this man is a living Bible! Prick him anywhere; his blood is Bibline, the very essence of the Bible flows from him. He cannot speak without quoting a text, for his very soul is full of the Word of God.” [1](Charles Spurgeon, “The Last Words of Christ on the Cross,” #2644, on Luke 23:46. Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit Volume 45.) Simply put, we should be the voice of God on every issue in every place and era.

(Adapted from The Master's Plan for the Church.)


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#1  Posted by James Brown  |  Tuesday, January 21, 2014at 12:09 AM

Amen!

#2  Posted by Sterling Brown  |  Tuesday, January 21, 2014at 10:00 AM

Pastor MacArthur,

Thank you so much for this post, it is absolutely essential and important to allow God to speak to His church through His Word. While telling ministry leaders to preach the Word and leave their opinions out as much as possible seems simple and obvious, however it is certainly not practiced among many. So often I hear from teachers and pastors the text says this but this is what I believe or instead of preaching the text they want to be cool, funny and creative at the expense of truth. It is all to common to sacrifice God's truth to be liked or become famous in the eyes of many rather to be pleasing to one who is none other than God. In contrast for a ministry leader to preach the text to exalt the supremacy and majesty of God and His Word is uncommon, so much so that some people in the church will attack you if you do such a thing. I praise God for the Holy Spirit's work through willing men of God such as yourself to preach God's Word with the emphasis of pleasing and exalting God and properly feeding His sheep. Praying for you Pastor MacArthur and I also pray that their would arise more men like you and that they would be more common in our evangelical churches than not. God bless and thank you for your faithfulness to our Lord Jesus Christ.

#3  Posted by Tumi Makhalane  |  Thursday, January 23, 2014at 1:16 PM

The whole focus of Revelatory Gifts was the Revelation they were bringing. The gifts were not the end in themselves; they were a medium through which God was giving His revelation. Now, that revelation has many characteristics; one of which is that it was to be given once and for all(Jude 3); secondly it was concerned with revealing Christ(Heb1). All of that revelation has been preserved in Scripture. It seems like most Continuationists are more concerned with Gifts; Not the revelation they bring. At the end, its all a chasing after an experience. But we should be encouraged that the Holy Spirit builds the church based upon the foundation of the church(Eph2v20-22), which is Scripture(Eph3v1-5) and Scriptures are about Jesus Christ, He is our Vision(2 Cor 3) ; and in immersing ourselves in the Lord's revealed will in Scripture, we will experience Him in a deeper way than any charismatic claims he is. This is the only truth we have about Christ; its been 2000 years, no other message matters. This is what the world needs to know, God has spoken in His Son Jesus Christ...Come, Repent and live. May He keep us faithful to His word.