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.
Jesus must have been amazing preacher, because the Scripture tells us that when He preached people were amazed, which would make Him an amazing preacher. But what was the source of their amazement? He taught as one who had authority, not like the scribes and Pharisees. It is to be feared that we have far too many scribes and Pharisees in pulpits today. They do not preach with authority and the people are not amazed - amused, perhaps, but not amazed.
Men will honour scientists, doctors, beauty queens, boxers and athletes but they will not honour preachers. God has, however, promised that when we set our love on Him, He will honour us. I am looking for the honour of God (Psalm 91:14, 15). Seek the honour of God and not the honour of men!
William Marrion Branham, Mike Murdock, Justice Kojo Bentil, Billy Graham, Pastor Mensa Otabil, Benson Andrew Idahosa, Dag Heward Mills, Dr. Myles Munroe, David Ibiyeomie, Jerry J. Panou, Bishop Tudor Bismark, David O. Oyedepo, Martin Luther King Jr., Rick Rigsby, T. B. Joshua, Kenneth E. Hagin, Smith Wigglesworth, Brian Houston, John C. Hagee, Victoria Osteen, Adrian Pierce Rogers, Derek Prince,