What do you do when wood and clay in the household of God shines more than silver and gold. It is getting ahead without scriptural support, but the answer is, “You DOWNSIZE!” You downsize your membership and number of listeners by preaching ALL scripture that includes “reproof”, “correction”, and “doctrine” as well as the very currently popular and superficial watered down “instruction in righteousness”. The popular preachers today on National TV have learned to be popular by preaching a superficial instruction in righteousness by including the unpopular aspects of real Bible preaching by excluding sound doctrine, reproof, and correction. Everybody likes to listen to or read something that makes them feel good about the way they are and the way they are living, so to be popular in preaching just get rid of or at least minimize any of the so-called negatives like reproof, correction, and doctrine. For example, there is the very popular on TV SB fuedamentalists Charles Stanley that mainly just reads the more harmless 1/4 of scriptures–you know that nobody can object to the simple reading of the Bible–and sprinkles his messages with a little homely psychology that nobody knows about anyway.
Now Osteen, probably the most popular preacher today with best selling books and crowds that attend and listen. He doesn’t even mess with the outstanding doctrines of Christ, the real Bible, and salvation. While most preachers are called by God to preach the word of the real Bible, Joel was called by his mother who owns the church, and in order to grow bigger and make money. On the other hand the 3 Swaggerts remain popular by writing their own Bible called the Expositors Bible with so much unsound doctrine it is questionable whether its free distribution does more harm than good, and the Swaggerts from Baton Rouge share the “den of thieves” approach to evangelism and church growth by making money for the church, like Osteen does from Lakewood in Houston.
Now this begs the issue of what do you do when wood and clay shines more than silver and gold in the household of God, and the answer which is downsize by preaching the real QC of “ALL Scripture”; now it is necessary to go back to support from the real Bible.
1. Look first at what the Bible in II Timothy states about how their are wood and clay preachers in the household of God, like the Hymaneus previously mentioned as preaching the unsound doctrine of a “secret rapture”.
a. Preachers can be wood and clay as well as silver and gold as far as their contributions to the household of God–
But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour.’ (II Timothy 2:20)
NOTE: One way to distinguish the wood and clay preachers from the silver and gold, is to look at whether they spend a lot of time honoring themselves more than Christ, and making their coffures into millionaires more than getting out real Bible. You will notice that the Swaggerts spend most of their time on national TV, which the public is paying for, in order to sell, sell, sell, and promote themselves and the products.
b. Certainly Hymenaeus and Philetus were as popular young preachers as Donnie and Gabriel Swaggert, or perhaps in early first century Christianity as popular as Osteen, but–
“But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness. And their word will eat as doth a canker: of whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus; Who concerning the truth have erred, saying that the resurrection is past already; and overthrow the faith of some.” (II Timothy 2:16-18)
. The Swaggerts practice profane and vain babblings by speaking and promoting substitute unknown tongues for the know tongues of the Day of Pentecost, and in clear violation of Paul’s efforts to discourage the ignorance of unknown tongue practice in II Corinthians 14. With Osteen, it is vain babblings as he only preaches what can be stated with a smile and that is consistent with his own Bible, and that of his mothers, to win friends and influence people.
. Any unsound doctrines from popular preachers is erring from the truth, bottom line promotes ungodliness, and probably overthrows more real faith than they promote. Any time you hear the non-biblical words of “rapture”, “millennium”, and “dispensations”, or the preaching of those extra-biblical concepts you are listening to unsound doctrines that each time makes contributions to the world wide “Falling Away”.
NOTE: By the way you will never hear the doctrine of the Falling Away from them, because it serves to correct, reprove, rebuke, and is sound doctrine but not popular. Or in some cases you will hear that all churches and ministries are falling away rather than them, and they look for a great world wide revival that can not happen in this period of the Falling Away before the Second Coming, they are promoting a false optimism for the future like all the prophets of Jeremiah did before the destruction of Jerusalem, and just plain promoting unsound doctrine.
The Downsizing for Quality Series
This is too long to be heeded, so will be turned into a DOWNSIZING series; and one clear illustration of downsizing for quality instead of quantity in the Bible must be given by way of conclusion. Surely you know what is coming, the Bible story of the Judge in Israel of Gideon.
“And the LORD said unto Gideon, The people are yet too many; bring them down unto the water, and I will try them for thee there: and it shall be, that of whom I say unto thee, This shall go with thee, the same shall go with thee; and of whomsoever I say unto thee, This shall not go with thee, the same shall not go.” (Judges 7:4)
And there is much, much more to this DOWNSIZING Campaign from God which must wait for later…..