Pristine Grace

Two Types of Preachers
by Brandan Kraft
Two Types of Preachers

    Having been raised in and out of various churches, most notably the southern baptist church, and then having lived my adult life loving the Gospel of FREE GRACE, and listening to grace preachers, I've discovered there is quite a contrast.  Here are a few differences I've noticed.

  1. The Calling:   The typical religious leader, who is often recognized by titles such as Dr., Father, Rabbi, Reverend, etc. is seen as being "called" to minister by going to school, getting an education, or has developed enough theological knowledge to be recognized by their community as having been "called to preach."  However the Grace preacher is called and ordained by God.  Religious training isn't a factor.  Fancy degrees don't matter.  How many letters after the Grace preacher's name has no meaning.  They are simply men of God whom have been given the burden of delivering the Gospel.
     
  2. The Message: The typical religious minister usually focuses on things we must do.  Messages are usually on subjects like how to be a good dad, or be obedient church tithers.  When it comes to salvation the focus is on the works or conditions that must be fulfilled by an individual in order to receive salvation.    However, the Grace preacher quickly gets to the primary issue... Christ.  Christ and Him crucified should be and will be the subject of every sermon by the Grace preacher.  If this is missing from a man's sermons, then simply RUN, don't walk out the door.  There are better places to be.  Charles Spurgeon once stated that, "When a preacher becomes heretical, it is always about Christ.  If he is not clear about Christ crucified and you hear one sermon from him, that is your misfortune.  But if you go and hear him again and hear another sermon like the first, it will be your fault.  If you go a third time, it will be your crime."
     
  3. The Response: The typical religious minister views his audience as equal candidates for a possible salvation.  He expects a response of the individual's commitments or exercise of the mind.  The Grace preacher understands that only God's sheep can hear and truly believe the Gospel.  Those whom the Lord redeemed on Calvary and indeed accomplished salvation for will be given the gift of faith.  "But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you. My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me."  (John 10:26-27).