Preachers: Do Not Lie About the Value of the Gospel

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I found this stream of thought convicting and instructive today:

Byron Yawn writes, in Well-Driven Nails,

I’m not often accused of misrepresenting the truth. This is not to suggest that I am right one hundred percent of the time. No one is. There’s always room for clarification and adjustment. More often than not, however, I land somewhere near the center in my interpretation and explanation. But I have inadvertently ‘lied about the value of the gospel’ by my demeanor behind the pulpit. I can just as easily distort the truth by how I say it. (p. 112)

To make this point Yawn quotes John Piper:

Oh brothers, do not lie about the value of he gospel by the dullness of your demeanor. Exposition of the most glorious reality is a glorious reality. If it is not expository exultation–authentic, from the heart–something false is being said about the value of the Gospel. Don’t say by your face, or by your voice, or by your life that the Gospel is not the Gospel of the all-satisfying glory of Christ. It is. –John Piper (from Preaching the Cross)

Without being phony pastors should investigate not only what they are saying but how they are saying to ensure that we are being real.

This inspection is always a gospel inspection that gets us back to not only what we believe but what we treasure.

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