This is a very helpful episode of “Ask Pastor John“. Below, I summarized his main points. Please listen clearly and discern for yourself if the preaching you are under is prosperity driven rather than Gospel driven.
- Absence of a serious doctrine of Suffering.
- Romans 8:23 – And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies.
- John 15:20 – Remember the word that I said to you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours.
- An absence of a clear and prominent doctrine of Self-Denial.
- Matthew 16:24 – Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.
- Romans 8:13 – For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.
- Philippians 3:8 – Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ
- Look out for the absence of serious exposition of Scripture.
- What is expository preaching? Find out here: http://www.gotquestions.org/expository-preaching.html
- Does it feel like the preaching is the pastors favorite topics
- Be suspicious if all you ever get is topical preaching with the pastors favorite topics
- Watch out for the absence of dealing with tensions in Scripture.
- Does the preacher bring up passages that seem like problems with the ones he dealing with and then give careful explanation of how they really fit together.
- Or is he content just to say what is to be said in one text and not bring up contradictory text.
- Does the pastor have exorbitant life styles?
- Do they drive cars, travels to places, and wear close that only the wealthy can have?
- Why is he so concerned with the clothes he wears, the car he drives, and the neighborhood he lives in?
- Does it look like the Jesus who had no place to lay his head?
- Does the teacher figure into the preachingto much?
- He he broken hearted for his sin?
- Does he repent of his sin?
- Is the greatness and majesty of the Glory of God at the forefront?
- Is he contrite and humble?
- Is the majesty of grace marginalized and he exalts himself?
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