Saturday, June 03, 2006

Problem 2

The second problem with expository preaching grows out of the first one.

Because the expositor believes that he is proclaiming the “true meaning” of God’s Word, he does not realize that he is bringing to the text his own agenda. Because he sees exegesis as a straightforward, “scientific” process, he is not aware of the subjective element he adds to the “equation.”

Or even worse, he may believe that his personal agenda is God’s agenda.

I addressed one variation of this some time ago. Going sentence by sentence, or even paragraph by paragraph, is no guarantee that the preacher is presenting a faithful interpretation of the text. Rather, it can lead to false confidence and even laziness.

Again, the objection could be raised that this is just bad exegesis and bad preaching. And I agree. But the important point is that expository preaching gives preachers and congregations a false sense of security that faithful interpretation is being presented. It also does not facilitate a healthy resolution when there is a disagreement over the “true meaning” of God’s Word.

I really appreciate your interest in this issue and all the tough questions you’ve been asking. (Some of you lurkers may want to ask your questions.) I believe this is a very important issue. It would be good to struggle with it for a while.

Pastor Rod

“Helping you become the person God created you to be”

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