The following points are taken from the Introduction of How to Preach Biblically by John MacArthur:
Superficial, marginally biblical preaching is wrong for the following reasons:
- It usurps the authority of God over the soul.
- It removes the lordship of Christ from His church.
- It hinders the work of the Holy Spirit.
- It demonstrates an appalling pride and lack of submission.
- It severs the preacher personally from the regular sanctifying grace of Scripture.
- It clouds the true depth and transcendence of our message and therefore cripples both corporate and personal worship.
- It prevents the preacher from fully developing the mind of Christ.
- It depreciates by example the spiritual duty and priority of personal Bible study.
- It prevents the preacher from being the voice of God on every issue of his time.
- It breeds a congregation that is as weak and indifferent to the glory of God as their pastor is.
- It robs people of their only true source of help.
- It encourages people to become indifferent to the Word of God and divine authority.
- It lies to people about what they really need.
- It strips the pulpit of power.
- It puts the responsibility on the preacher to change people with his cleverness.
This section of the book is well worth the read and these points are well worth meditating on. Biblical preaching is alway the need of every age, and it is our job in this current generation to herald forth the truth of God’s Word.