Anytime I am listening to a preacher, I would appreciate messages on how I can be saved, messages about the word of God; and then tell me to go to any Bible-believing church close to me, not a particular church. [But when you say] come to my church, that is branding and that is wrong. Christianity is all about Christ and nothing else.
Some preachers are in the business of just magnifying the devil and his works from their pulpit. This holds their congregation in the fear of what of the devil is capable of doing rather than bringing them to have faith in what God has done and is doing Christ Jesus for them.
Jesus preached with authority. Why? Because He had authority! And the preachers of old preached with authority. They preached, “Thus saith the Lord.” We have lost that today, I’m afraid. Our preaching reflects it and the lives of our people reflect it well. They live as if the pastor had no authority, as if the elders had no authority, and, even more appalling, as if the Word of God itself had no authority. We have returned to the place of the church in the Old Testament where “every man did what was right in his own eyes.” It is true today; every man thinks what is right in his own mind, regardless of what Scripture or sound exegesis may say otherwise.