There are a lot of bad sermons. And since I’m a professional sermon-giver, I tend to think of myself as a connoisseur of good preaching. And in my listening to sermons, there are plenty of preachers who just come up with garbage. There are dull and boring preachers that at least still preach the truth. And even worse, there are engaging and creative preachers that boldly preach things that are not biblical and hardly helpful.
Harmful preaching can be hard to detect behind a veil of clever phrases and enthusiastic shouting. And it’s not because the listeners are unintelligent, but simply because harmful preaching often disguising itself in spiritual language.
The preacher Robert Capon suggested that the worst kind of 3 point sermon was, “Here’s what you should do. You are not doing it. Try harder.”
And I couldn’t agree more.