Take It From a Skeptic, Preach the Word

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But as for you, teach what accords with sound doctrine.
– Titus 2:1

Last week my lovely neighbor, who describes herself as more skeptic than spiritual, walked over to our house where my wife Jennefer was sitting on the porch watching the kids and cutting coupons. She sat down next to Jen and said, “I think we may visit your church.” When Jen asked why she wanted to leave her church our neighbor confessed she was angry at her church because they had received a new pastor and Sunday he taught that essentially everyone would go to Heaven regardless if one adhered to any religion (or not).

Then my neighbor, with a tinge of disgust, proclaimed, “I don’t even know half the time if I believe in God or not, but I know what the Bible says and that’s not what it says! And if I’m going to take the time to go to church I at least want to go somewhere where they preach from what the Bible says.”

Woe to the pastor who twists the Word to fit the world because in doing so he will often lose both.

Yancey Arrington
Dr. Yancey C. Arrington is an eighth generation Texan, Acts 29 Network and Houston Church Planting Network fan, and Teaching Pastor at Clear Creek Community Church in the Bay Area of Houston. He is also author of Preaching That Moves People and TAP: Defeating the Sins That Defeat You, and periodically writes for Acts 29 and The Gospel Coalition.

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