Michael Brown Asks, Do Christians Really Want Preachers Who Tickle Their Ears?

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It’s true that the road to destruction is as broad as ever (Matthew 7:13-14). It’s true that many churchgoers are attracted to preachers who tickle their itching ears (2 Timothy 4:3-4). And it’s true that many pastors seem to have an unwritten 11th commandment, “Thou shalt not offend.” But is this true for all? Hardly. Plenty of Christians want anything but compromise.

I’m aware, of course, that there are mega-churches famous for failing to preach against sin. And I’m aware that far too many leaders avoid addressing cultural issues like the plague. And to the extent that these ministries see “success,” this would indicate that there is always a large audience for a non-confrontational, baby food gospel.

It breaks my heart to hear leaders dance around controversial issues. It saddens me deeply when I see people drawn to a message that bypasses the cross and calls for neither sacrifice nor service.

But, to repeat, there are plenty of Christians who have no interest in pablum. They want to be challenged. They want to hear the truth. They want sin to be confronted (starting in their own lives). They want their leaders to address the culture. They want to be salt and light.

I hear this all the time as I travel and speak around the country and as I interact on social media. The very fact that thousands of people thank me (and others) for speaking the truth and for taking a stand tells us two things. First, not enough leaders are doing this; second, their congregants really want them to.

Is it possible that some pastors are underestimating their flocks? Is it possible that some leaders are misjudging their followers?

On my Twitter account, I post links to our latest articles and videos, links to our daily radio show, and words of encouragement or exhortation or wisdom. And my goal is to build up, not tear down; to lift up, not drag down. So, when it comes to posting comments and quotes, there are plenty of positive ones from which to choose.

Which of my tweets, then, get retweeted and liked the most?

Inevitably, it is tweets like this: “You do not win the world to the Lord by becoming like the world. You win the world by becoming like Jesus. Cultural sensitivity is one thing. Compromise is another.”

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Brown