Preaching With Passion

Jonathan Edwards

 

I don’t think ministers are to be blamed for raising the affections of their hearers too high, if that which they are affected with be only that which is worthy of affection, and their affections are not raised beyond a proportion to their importance, or worthiness of affection. I should think myself in the way of my duty to raise the affections of my hearers as high as possibly I can, provided that they are affected with nothing but truth, and with affections that are not disagreeable to the nature of what they are affected with.

– Theologian & Preacher Jonathan Edwards’ “The Great Awakening”

It is completely admirable to bring passion into the pulpit – passion to know and evangelize the message of Christ, His Cross, and His mandate for our lives. When preachers stir the hearts of the sheep for God’s glory – and not their own – then it is a very good thing (as Martha Stewart would say).

Oh that more preachers would “raise the affection of their hearers” so high that they are continually chasing Christ.

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2 Responses to “Preaching With Passion”


  1. 1 dickkopf May 15, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    Hello, IST:

    You said rightly, “Oh that more preachers would ‘raise the affection of their hearers’ so high that they are continually chasing Christ.”
    (I am sure Edwards had his day’s current use of the word in mind: the act or process of affecting or being affected. And probably not, gentle feelings.)

    Moreover, if this sermon does not accomplish said affection, then probably few messages from any pulpit would!Sinners in the hands of an Angry God

    I have bookmarked this sermon by Edwards for periodic reading. It delineates the present state–and horrifying end–of most of mankind; it plainly makes me squirm.

    It would be good for your readers to click on the link noted above and “take it to heart.”

    Regards,
    Peter.

    • 2 speaking truth May 15, 2009 at 3:27 pm

      Thanks for the link Peter – I had never read the sermon in entirety (I picked up pieces of it here and there on the net) so I really appreciate the direct link.

      I will bookmark it as well – we need to be constantly reminded of our place in God’s plan…


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