Consequences of not Preaching and Teaching the Scripture Expositionally
(Complete list based on a class taught by John MacArthur at the Master’s Seminary. Watch the first video.)
When we fail to teach according to proper, biblical exposition…
- …we supplant the work of the Trinity by:
a. …expositing our own ideas instead of God’s Word, thereby usurping the authority of God the Father.
b. …modeling our minds rather than that of the Head of the church, usurping Christ’s authority (cf. Rom 10:17).
c. …hindering the Holy Spirit by not preaching the Word He uses to sanctify (John 17:17, 1 Cor 2).
- …we exhibit our pride in presuming the people are gathered to hear our words of wisdom.
- …we separate ourselves from the sanctifying work of God that in our own lives, exposing ourselves to the same temptations of so many fallen preachers.
- …we remove the spiritual depth and transcendence from our people and worship.
- …we depreciate the duty of Bible study by our example.
- …we lose the authoritative voice of God on weighty issues of our time.
- …we breed people as weak and indifferent to the glory of God as we are.
- …we rob people of their only true source of help by lying to them about what they really need.
- …we take the responsibility to change people upon ourselves.
- …we reduce our words to the level of everyone else’s.
- …we exhibit self-love, not the love of the Lord with all one’s heart, mind, soul, and strength.
- …we attempt to disconnect sound doctrine from life by forgetting that life imitates theology.
- …we eliminate truths that trouble, offend, and terrify the lost and sinful.
- …we disconnect people from the legacy of God’s work through His people in the past.
- …we leave the church unprotected from deadly error (2 Cor. 10:3–5).
- …we fail to assure people that they have heard from Heaven.