If you put your faith in any man you will be disappointed. Having said that, with what we have to work with, there were (are) none better than Adrian Rogers for preaching God’s word. How short his life was, age 74. Born in God’s country (West Palm Beach, Florida) in 1931, he departed this earth in 2005. A common theme in the “I died and went to heaven” books is their perception that the preachers with the magic are having God’s thunder poured on them from heaven. I truly believe that. I’m also hoping that as many Christians never knew who Adrian Rogers was, there are many other great preachers out there that I will never know of. Because one of the thoughts that always crosses my mind when I catch one of his sermons is (like I did this morning), why was Adrian so rare?
I have to wonder what is going on in seminaries across the country? It is not that tough to figure out what the ingredients to great preaching are, and since that is pretty much how God’s word is spread, why aren’t they better at it? Sitting through a church service should not be a trial and a tribulation but so often it is. The knowledge is about always there, that’s not the problem. Its the Divine spark that’s missing. Why? Why did Billy Graham have it? Ravi Zacharias. But so few others?
I suppose a lot of it is the work of the anti-Christ media and their partner the Devil: They don’t want you to know of the great preachers. Another common tactic is to start tearing a man down once he dies. Sometimes it begins while he’s alive, but generally its once he’s gone and can’t defend himself. When I just now was looking up how to spell Ravi’s last name I saw the searches they wanted me to see of some scandal that came out after he died. I didn’t even look at them. They ignore completely his amazing 50 year body of work, and immediately hop on that one chink in his armor.
As I said in the first sentence of this post, don’t put your faith in man, put it in God. Heathen forever have loved to find the foibles of the men of God. They rush out like obnoxious 7th graders, “See! See! He’s not perfect!” Well no kidding, that’s why we need Jesus. As Adrian pointed out this morning, if you think you’re working your way to heaven you are sadly mistaken. So if you feel you can only follow God if His messenger is perfection walking, then you will not be following God.
Nevertheless it still escapes me, where is the passion in the preaching? Other than knowledge, that is about the only other ingredient (besides physical presentation). This is basic Salesmanship 101. You’ve got to believe in what you’re selling. I know very little about circuit rider Billy Sunday. The one thing I have picked up from this hard-luck, uneducated man, is that he had passion in spades. Why? But once again, its a perfect example of how the Devil’s henchmen (the media) don’t want you to know about him.