LISTEN: The Preacher’s Private Prayer, Part 3 (PROCLAIM! #37 with Daniel Whyte III)

Daniel Whyte III
Daniel Whyte III

This podcast that teaches every Bible-believing Christian how to preach the Gospel by any means necessary in many different settings, including using the internet and the new “podcast pulpit”.

Our Scripture Verse on preaching is Matthew 24:14 which reads: “And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.”

Our quote on preaching today is from William Willimon. He said, “To speak the Gospel skillfully without attempting to perform the Gospel is a false proclamation of the Gospel.”

In this podcast, we are using as our texts, the following three books: “Lectures to My Students” by Charles H. Spurgeon; “The Preacher and his Preaching” by Alfred P. Gibbs; and “Biblical Preaching” by Haddon W. Robinson. And, I want to remind you to take advantage of our special offer. If you enjoy this podcast, please feel free to purchase any one of these books for your personal library from the resources page on our website —

Today, our topic is titled “The Qualifications of the Preacher, Part 28” from “The Preacher and his Preaching” by Alfred P. Gibbs.

This section is titled: HE SHOULD BE MENTALLY FIT (PART 1)

The preacher should be mentally fit. Or, to put it in Scriptural language, he should be possessed of a “sound mind.” We read, “God hath not given to us the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” There are, of course, varying degrees of mental alertness. Heredity plays a large part in this. Some have a greater capacity than others, yet each should seek to be his best, mentally, for God.

— The danger of fanaticism.

A fanatic has been well defined as “one who majors on a minor.” That is to say, he takes one aspect of truth from the Word of God and then pushes it to the extreme, to the entire exclusion of all the other Scriptures which would have given him a correct balance of the truth as a whole. Much discredit has been brought on the preaching of the Gospel and the teaching of the Word of God because of these mental “kinks” on the part of some preachers. These people seem to be mentally incapable of interpreting one verse of Scripture, or one phrase of truth in the light of all the other verses that bear on that verse or aspect of truth.

Fanaticism has its origin in an unbalanced mind, for it seeks to distort one truth to the ignoring of all other truths. We do well to beware of the preacher who “specializes” in one line of teaching and harps on this particular theme every time he speaks. He is blind to all else in Scripture, save this pet subject of his. Someone, speaking on the text “Hast thou faith? Have it thyself alone,” added, “And it might well be said, ‘Hast thou a kink? Have it to thyself alone!’”

The devil is well satisfied if he can switch a preacher from his God-given task of expounding in “all the Scriptures” to riding a little hobby horse of some peculiar line of teaching that will absorb all his time and energy. The only difference between riding a horse and riding a hobby is that a person can get off a horse! We need ever to remember that “All scripture is given by inspiration of God.” Therefore all the Scriptures, relative to any truth or doctrine, need to be examined before one can come to any definite conclusion regarding the matter under consideration.

Whenever one particular line of truth is allowed to become an obsession, it produces lopsidedness in the preacher. This particular line of teaching may be profitable in its place, but when it is magnified out of all proportion to the other truths of Scripture it becomes a mischievous thing, and is calculated to cause confusion and produce division. It may be a certain interpretation of prophecy relative to the second coming of Christ, or it may consist of some aspect of church truth, or even the kind of bread and wine that should be used at the Lord’s Supper, or some peculiar idea regarding the various dispensations.

It is a sad sight to see a promising preacher, who might have been a power for God, leaving his useful sphere of teaching all the Word of God, and becoming obsessed with some minor truth, or some peculiar theory, or some odd interpretation of Scripture. This idea becomes a fatal fascination to him, and forms a rivulet that runs through his mind, into which all his thinking capacity is drained. This obsession colors his entire ministry. It matters not what is the theme of the text he may take; sooner or later he will drag his pet subject into his sermon. It must ever be kept in mind that any truth of Scripture that is held at the expense of any other truth is fanaticism. Many a preacher has been laid aside from active service because of this very thing.

Let’s Pray —

If you are a Christian, you should be preaching the Gospel and the Word of God in some way, shape, form, or fashion because Jesus Christ said, “Go ye into all the world and preach the Gospel.” In the New Testament, the word “preach” simply means “to herald or proclaim” the Good News of the Lord Jesus Christ and salvation through Him. The purpose of this podcast is to show you how you can get started or help you do it better for God’s glory and for the Salvation of lost souls.

My name is Daniel Whyte III. I am the president of Gospel Light Society International. I have been a full-time evangelist for the past 35 years and I have preached the Gospel across the United States and in many countries around the world.

This podcast is not necessarily for ordained pastors of churches. If you are a pastor of a church, or you plan on pastoring a church, and you are looking to improve your preaching, I recommend that you listen to Pastor H.B. Charles Jr.’s “On Preaching” podcast. This podcast that you are listening to now is for the everyday Christian who wants to be obedient to God in proclaiming the Gospel — the Good News — of salvation through the Lord Jesus Christ.

As we close, I want to speak to those who have never truly accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior as well as those who have doubts about their salvation. Allow me to share with you how you can receive Jesus Christ as your Saviour today.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Pray and ask Him to come into your heart and He will.

May God bless you and keep you. And, until next time, PROCLAIM the Good News!

Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.

He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.

He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.