by Steven Anderson of Faithful Word Baptist Church – Be Patient With Others
Editor’s note: This was sandwiched between a pile of hateful screeds calling out other pastors for fake words from God or the unforgivable sin of making a giant pile of money preaching the gospels. He is speaking of having patience only for non-Christians.
The first unquoted part is not bad advice, advice I need to remind myself of on a daily basis, to be patient with others when out and about. It’s not easy, but it’s important in these times when the American people are so divided and we’re coming up on the stress-provoking season of the holidays. Then Steven goes on to explain how that does not apply from the pulpit…
You might be thinking–but Pastor, when you get behind the pulpit, you can be pretty abrasive. Well, preaching in church is not soul winning. My sermons are geared toward believers, and often as Christians we need a good swift kick in the pants to wake us up.
That said, when I am behind the pulpit, I am preaching about subjects in general to a group of people. Unless there is a serious problem going on in the church, I try not to directly preach against anyone in the congregation. I have a personal rule that I learned from my old pastor: I do not add or subtract from my sermon because of who walks through the door.
For example, a man with long hair might walk in on the day I’m planning to preach on that sin, and I’ll still preach on it. If he instead shows up on a day that I am preaching on a different topic, I won’t throw in a dig about hair length. If my pre-planned sermon ends up applying to someone in the audience, I try to be extra friendly and nice to them after the service. That way they realize I wasn’t singling them out or trying to preach them out the door. I’m thankful for everyone who shows up, and having people in church who don’t look like life-long Baptists shows that our church is growing and reaching people.
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