A reminder from A.W. Tozer
But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. –James 1:22
There is scarcely anything so dull and meaningless as Bible doctrine taught for its own sake. Truth divorced from life is not truth in its Biblical sense, but something else and something less….
No man is better for knowing that God in the beginning created the heaven and the earth. The devil knows that, and so did Ahab a! nd Judas Iscariot. No man is better for knowing that God so loved the world of men that He gave His only begotten Son to die for their redemption. In hell there are millions who know that. Theological truth is useless until it is obeyed. The purpose behind all doctrine is to secure moral action….
Any man with fair speaking gifts can get along with the average congregation if he just “feeds” them and lets them alone. Give them plenty of objective truth and never hint that they are wrong and they will be content.
On the other hand, the man who preaches truth and applies it to the lives of his hearers will feel the nails and the thorns. He will lead a hard life, but a glorious one. May God raise up many such prophets. The church needs them badly.
In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us. – Titus 2: 7,8