Though the online preaching is great; there seem to be some Christians who have had so much exposure to the online preaching that their minds have become “inert” towards the preaching of God’s word in their local churches. Imagine the hardcore drug addicts. They need hard drugs such as cocaine or heroin to get high. Their minds are inert towards the soft drugs.
For who sees anything different in you? What do you have that you did not receive? If then you received it, why do you boast as if you did not receive it? (1 Corinthians 4:7)
Sadly, some Christians have become one-dimensional as they show very little appreciation for the in-house preaching, self-discipline, punctuality, evangelism, biblical counselling, bearing burdens, faithful giving of time, talents and finances. They attend the church services with much suspicion and casualness because their leader or pastor doesn’t sound like John McArthur, Tim Keller, John Piper or any other mainstream “celebrity” preacher. They are in danger. Their minds are prone to become inert just like the hardcore drug addicts.
This sort of behaviour is found in the reformed circles primarily. Let us remember that the main point of reformation was to receive the Lord Jesus as the head and authority over the church. The protestant rightly rejected the false headship of the pope. So why is it that we are going back to the old ways by making certain preachers the higher authority over God’s word or the Lord Jesus Christ?
May the Lord Jesus Christ teach us to be faithful listeners of the preaching of God’s word in our local churches.
But we ask you, brothers, to acknowledge those who work diligently among you, who preside over you in the Lord and give you instruction. (1 Thessalonians 5:12)