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2 Timothy 4:1-5 says, “I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom. Preach the word, be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exort with all suffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine but after their own lust shall they heap to themselves teachers having itching ears. And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist make full profit of thy ministry.”
Everyone should read this carefully because Paul wrote this to Timothy just before he was offered up before God. Paul went on to say he had a crown of righteousness waiting for him that day.
One question we have to answer for ourselves is “Do we have a crown of righteousness waiting for us when we stand at the judgment seat of Jesus Christ?”
I remember when I went out visiting from our church with an old Baptist deacon and he would say “You know a lot of people just want their ears tickled a little.” I learned a lot from him.
Both of us really believed in repentance and also believed in living under the cross. We would drive along and talk about the great preachers we had heard preach and what they would say and he would always say that is telling it like it is. We both loved Billy Graham and we would discuss things he would preach. We would agree that when Billy preached he came straight through and he did not cut corners.
I really do not see how any preacher would not want to come straight through with the word of God and call themselves a preacher.
Just take another look at 2 Timothy; Paul was writing to a young preacher he had left at Ephesus. I or any other preacher would have to accept this letter as it being written to us and to preach accordingly.
Praise the Lord. I am sure glad we have the word of God to go by and also I would be afraid to not preach it the way it is, no matter who is in my congregation.