THE POWER OF THE PULPIT
By Coach Dave Daubenmire
May 20, 2010
“And the lord commended the unjust steward, because he had done wisely: for the children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light” -Luke 16:8
With all do respect to Ronald Reagan I sense many of you reading this are sighing and proclaiming, “Well, there you go again” as I set my crosshairs on the pulpit.
I’m sorry, but I can’t get away from it. All of the problems we are facing in this nation are a direct result of the watered-down Gospel seeping from the pulpits of America. Better men than I have said it.
“If there is a decay of conscience, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the public press lacks moral discernment, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the church is degenerate and worldly, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the world loses its interest in Christianity, the pulpit is responsible for it. If Satan rules in our halls of legislation, the pulpit is responsible for it. If our politics become so corrupt that the very foundations of our government are ready to fall away, the pulpit is responsible for it.” ~ Rev. Charles Finney (1792-1875)
The pastors think they are immune from criticism. Their condescending attitude towards those of us who question their effectiveness smacks of cowardly-arrogance. Most are insecure men who have followed a “call” to the ministry. Unfortunately, many were called by their Momma, not by God. Well I was called as well…called to hold their feet to the fire. How dare they criticize me for criticizing them.
“Oooh Coach, you are so critical. You shouldn’t be saying such harsh things against “God’s” men. They are given the difficult responsibility of leading their flocks.” I hear the pastor’s wife cooing.
Well pardon me, but I am not talking about “God’s” men. I am referring to the six-foot icicle drawing a paycheck from your congregation for petting the sheep. I don’t apologize for it. Someone has to expose the frauds spewing poison from America’s pulpits. Their bilge is doing to the American-culture what BP has down to the Gulf of Mexico.
Soon it will be uninhabitable unless someone shuts off the valve. Somehow I fear the Lord is reaching for the spigot. Like mixing oil and water, the Truth will not mix with a lie. He will not allow His sheep to be fed poison.