Biblical Teaching Vs. Motivational Speaking

Many of the saints are deceived by charismatic and theatrical preaching because it tickles the ear and satisfies our desire to be entertained.

I’m of the firm belief that many folks enjoy watching their pastor hoop, sing a bible verse, prance back and forth across the stage, and lay hands on people on Sunday mornings or Wednesday evenings.

“My pastor sure can preach” or “Bishop Jones is a bible teacher!”, they’ll say to their friends and coworkers while encouraging them to visit their church.

In reality, if your pastor relies on theatrics, philosophical illustrations, or the “Holy Spirit” to “fall” during service so that he “can’t even preach because the glory is so heavy” – then he neither teaches OR preaches…he entertains.

Many people are even deceived by the “easy going” and “welcoming demeanor” or Rick Warren and Joel Osteen. These guys barely ruffle a feather when they preach, but they sure do reel you in by “motivating” you to live your “best life now” or be driven by your “purpose”.

The tragedy is that the sheep have been entertained & “motivated” for so long (many for most of their lives), that they would consider expository preaching to be “too boring”.

Here’s an accurate description of expository preaching from Wikipedia:

Expository preaching differs from topical preaching in that the former concentrates on a specific text and discusses topics covered therein, whereas the latter concentrates on a specific topic and references texts covering the topic.

In other words, many pastors eisegete the Word of God instead of properly exegeting it.

The video below does a great job of explaining the basis of sound bible teaching, and how far the pimps have strayed (and stayed) away from it by only quoting a scripture to use it as a basis to preach their personal philosophy:

Some of the voices you hear in the audio portion of the video are (surprise) Kenneth Copeland, Benny Hinn, and Fred Price.

Yet another reason to study the Word of God for yourself and avoid wolves, pimps, and hustlers who attempt to misuse His Holy Word to fleece you.

***hat tip to Real Christianity for the video***

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2 Responses to “Biblical Teaching Vs. Motivational Speaking”


  1. 1 chutedent June 18, 2008 at 3:48 pm

    The first thing anyone should notice about these pastors wickedness is the fact that they give the pulpit to their wives to preach. the bible say that it is a shame for a woman to speak in church and woman are not suppose to teach. once they are in violation of these truths you don’t need to worry about them . and by the way they are not listening to you and they have a lot of followers. So what you should do is preach the real truth of Jesus and the word will take care of everything but you need to believe in the truth first before you can speak the truth. (corinthians)

  2. 2 speaking truth June 18, 2008 at 4:31 pm

    Again, women being allowed to preach is another topic for another day, chutedent. It doesn’t matter that they’re not listening to me or any other blogger – the point is to warn the sheep to avoid them in the first place.


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