When I first accepted the call to be a preacher, I realized that I would have to face some controversy along the way. I thought that these occasions would always be about matters of opinion, such as what color carpet to install or what songs to sing. However, over the years I have discovered that the most combative situations I have encountered have been over doctrinal issues. People have gotten most upset over issues that are plainly spelled out in black and white (sometimes red and white) in Scripture.
Tim Bettger, pastor of Glenburn Community Church in McArthur, California, said this about people who get upset over hearing the Bible proclaimed. “They might not like what I say. But I’ve found it helps immensely if I let people know ahead of time that I see my only purpose in preaching is to glorify God. Like I tell them, “Don’t get mad at me if you don’t like what’s on this pizza. God made it. All I’m trying to do is deliver it while it’s hot.”
“Preach the Word: be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.”—2 Timothy 4:2-3.
We glorify God when we preach and obey his Word. Enjoy your pizza!