Preaching the Word of God in North America

page21_picture0_2As the American church continues to abandon its prophetic role and cower under the pressure of the secular media, I simply wish to call attention to the Second Helvetic Confession on the Preaching of the Word of God, as an echo of Scripture on the matter:

THE PREACHING OF THE WORD OF GOD IS THE WORD OF GOD.  Wherefore when this Word of God is now preached in the church by preachers lawfully called, we believe that the very Word of God is proclaimed, and received by the faithful; and that neither any other Word of God is to be invented nor is to be expected from heaven: and that now the Word itself which is preached is to be regarded, not the minister that preaches; for even if he be evil and a sinner, nevertheless the Word of God remains still true and good.

Neither do we think that therefore the outward preaching is to be thought as fruitless because the instruction in true religion depends on the inward illumination of the Spirit, or because it is written “And no longer shall each man teach his neighbor…, for they shall all know me”  (Jer. 31:34), And “Neither he who plants nor he that waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth” (I  Cor. 3:7).  For although “No one can come to Christ unless he be drawn by the Father” (John 6:44), And unless the Holy Spirit inwardly illumines him, yet we know that it is surely the will of God that his Word should be preached outwardly also.  God could indeed, by his Holy Spirit, or by the ministry of an angel, without the ministry of St. Peter, have taught Cornelius in the Acts; but, nevertheless, he refers him to Peter, of whom the angel speaking says, “He shall tell you what you ought to do.”  (source)

Let’s not cut corners.  Let’s not cower in our pastorates, confusing our comprising cowardice with compassion for sinners, because of the increasing pressure from an increasingly anti-Christian culture.

Rather, let’s faithfully preach the Word, being fully convinced (perhaps this is where the problem lies) that the Lord still honors the faithful preaching of his Word: “And he said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” And I answered, “O Lord God, you know.” Then he said to me, “Prophesy over these bones, and say to them, O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord” (Ezekiel 37:3-4 ESV, emphasis added).


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