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I am the Pastor/Teacher of Rivers of Joy Baptist Church in Minford, Ohio since August 2008.  I am married to Charity since June 14, 1969.  I have four grown children.   Having served in the local church for over forty years as Pastor/Teacher, Asso., Youth Pastor, Minister of Education, Building Upkeep, Camp Director, Sunday School Teacher, etc. Also I have worked in the public place for as many years as I have preached. Charity and her sister are co owner of Union Mills Conf. (Bakery) in West Portsmouth Ohio

John MacArthur on Charles Spurgeon & Worldly Preaching



The church needs men like Charles Spurgeon. Surgeon was a man that was not afraid to boldly stand for the truth. Preaching the Word of God was his sole passion. He believed the churches tolerance of real preaching was beginning to decline. He looked around at other pastors and say they were already beginning to experience with shorter sermons and looking for different approaches. Shorter messages to be more applicable or relevant. And to drew bigger crowds’.

He saw that preachers were beginning to compromise truth, and doctrine by preaching less and doing other things more and more.

But Spurgeon saw the danger of that, and he spent a great deal of time holding on to the truth. And doing do led the Baptist of his time to sender him. And while at one time he was the most respected preacher now he was not. And it took such a toile on him that it lead to his death.

This idea of whether you should stick to this straight forward of God’s ordained method of preaching or move on to a more relevant kind of entertaining method led to a negative to his health and then his life.

As you know since his death in 1865, some have kept the faith of faithful preaching. Others have of course question that.

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“wasting less time listening to long sermons and spending more time preparing short ones. People, I’ve discovered, will forgive even poor theology as long as they get out before not.” A preacher wrote.

Do you understand the heart of the quote? It is better for the preacher to keep the congregation conformable, entertain and interested; even what he is preaching is not completely biblical. And that I am afraid does sum up the average attitude of preachers and people in Christian ministry today.

Bad doctrine is okay, but a long sermon is most certainly is not. The length of the sermon is far more of concern to the average church goer

The length of the sermon is of more concern to the average church goers than the content of the sermon.

Where you are going to eat lunch, or what, has more impact than the nourishment of the spiritual soul. Today long sermons is considered a greater sin than hersey. We are willing to put personal comfort over the very important virtues: like truth and doctrine and God’s glory. And that kind of thinking as the attitude that could destroy the church.

John MacArthur