LONG WINDED PREACHERS
By Pastor Steve Van Nattan
comes-- The guy with the zeal for the Word of God, or at least that is what he
wants us to think. He sits up front, sings well, and shouts "Amen" from
time to time. Does he bring a heart like a bucket to the well of Bible preaching?
No, his heart is a thimble, and he says, "Fill it all the way up and over
PLEASE SHUT UP!"
by Evangelist T.A. Nalian
As long as I have been a Christian, it has been my experience, to hear regrets,
sore feelings, and disgruntled attitudes toward the length of preaching services.
Notice, I said preaching services. You will not hear complaints breathed out toward
the length of singing, or some other special activity within the church service.
No, the complaint is focused in on the preaching. Why is this the case? What is
The attack is not really on the preaching; this is a subtle
camouflage. The voice of complaint is an out right attack upon the "Word of God!"
Over the many years of my Christian service and attendance, in the church
house, I have observed those who breath out such contemptible remarks. Deacons,
trustees, Sunday school teachers, seemingly Godly mature people are among the
clamorous crowd. The much given excuse is this: I have other important things
to do; the church service is only to be an hour or so; we go to church three times
a week, there should be a set time of length for the service, (I guarantee you
most of the people disgruntled over this issue do not attend every service).
The majority of people, in the Bible, who scorned and disobeyed the Word
of God, were people of authority. Often kings would lead people astray. Jeroboam
led the people of Israel astray because he did not listen to the Lord, (I Kings
11:26-40; 12:25-33; 14:16). Rehoboam led Judah into error, because he forsook
the Word of God, (I Kings 14:21-24). Many kings of Israel and Judah were guilty
of this because they despised the Word of God.
Prophets and Priests
also transgressed against the Word of God, in so doing, leading and teaching God's
people the wrong way, (Jer. 23:1-2; 9:40).
People who cry aloud, despising
the length of the preaching service and time spent in the church house, are those
who spend very little time in personal study, prayer, and meditation of the scripture.
Love for God is synonymous to having love for his Word. Love for the Word of God
is hunger and thirst that will pursue God at any length, (time will not be an
obstacle) (Matt. 5:6; Psalm 63:8).
The churches in the United States
of America are broken, weak, feeble, carnal, immature, lackadaisical, and self-seeking,
because it is starving for the knowledge of the Lord.
"My people are
destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will
also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten
the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children." Hosea 4:6
our day, people (professing Christians) go to church out of convenience, not conviction;
their reasoning is superficial not sacrificial! The average church member will
spend more time watching TV, gratifying the flesh, indulging in personal hobbies,
chasing the dollar, living for temporal pleasure, than they do in the Word of
God, and in the service of God.
This is a wicked sin, an abomination
before God! Like in the days of Isaiah, our assemblies are loathsome before God,
Isa. 1:11-15. God does not want your spotted, blemished, weakly, sickly sacrifices.
He desires your heart! Love! Devotion! Deut. 6:5. If you cry out against the length
of preaching services, and at the same time do nothing for God, all you are is
a carnal bum, eating out of the garbage can of this world! If you spend 3 hours
watching a football game, 2 hours observing a baseball game, an hour and a half
polishing your car, you better bite your poisonous tongue before you sink your
fangs into the body of your local Bible believing, gospel preaching church for
declaring the Bible for an hour! Why do we have no power? Why do we not win souls?
Why are prayers not answered? It's because we are forgetting God and forsaking
The problem in our nation is not with the ungodly forsakers,
the problem is the Godly forgetters who forsake God's Word, (Ps. 9:17). David
said that he did not wickedly depart from his God, (Ps. 18:21). To depart from
God is the sin of wickedness.
Some preachers advocate that you should
be able to "say it all in 20 minutes." Please show me that in the Bible. On the
contrary, church services in the Bible were long in duration. In Neh. 8:1-12,
many who returned from Babylonian captivity stood and listened to the reading
of the Word of God for hours, (at least four to six). The people wanted to hear
the scriptures, (Neh. 8:1). Ezra "brought the law before the congregation" 8:2.
Ezra "read...from the morning until midday...the ears of all the problem were
attentive unto the book of the law" 8:3. Not many attentive ears today.
Ezra... "stood up on a pulpit of ood..." 8:4; "Ezra opened the book in the
sight of all the people;...and when he opened it, all the people stood up" 8:5.
Their standing position showed a readiness to serve. When Ezra preached, the people
responded by saying, Amen! Amen! They lifted up their hands, (expecting to receive
some thing from God) and bowed their heads and worshiped the Lord, (showing self-effacement,
and Godly sorrow) 8:6. After the service concluded, the people went away in Joy,
8:12. The Word of God brings Joy!!
The early church held services every
day "and they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple..." (Acts 2:46).
When they would come together they preached, prayed, praised, and participated
in the Lord's Supper. "They continued steadfastly in the apostles doctrine," (Acts
2:42). I guarantee you, that they were in church for more than one hour daily.
When they came together the preaching was hot! They had a Glory Hallelujah Shouting
Time. The early church was effective, people were saved daily. Glory! This kind
of attitude toward the Bible and the local church would bring revival to America!
Before Jesus fed the great multitude, He was preaching, teaching, and
healing all day; the day was far spent, the time was far passed, (Mark 6:35).
The disciples wanted to send the people away hungry, Jesus would not, but fed
them. Again we see another long church service in the Bible. In Acts 20:9, the
Bible tells us that "Paul was long preaching." Paul preached until midnight, (Acts
A man by the name of Eutychus fell asleep and fell from the
third loft and died, (Acts 20:11). Oh, how we should hunger and thirst for God
and His Word, (Ps. 42:1-4). "One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I
seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life,
to behold the beauty of the LORD (communion, fellowship, devotion of soul), and
to inquire in his temple (to seek the Lord's will)." (Ps. 27:4).
let's return to the Word of God! II Chron. 7:14.
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