It’s Time for Backbone (An Open Letter to Preachers)

Dear Fellow Preachers,

Now’s the time – it’s actually past time – for some honest-to-goodness, strong-as-steel, George S. Patton and John Wayne-like BACKBONE!

I don’t care if you’re Baptist, Presbyterian, Pentecostal, Nazarene, Methodist, or whatever…MAN UP!! Stand in the gap! Quit being a politically motivated, crowd-pleasing, purse string-tying wimp and PREACH THE WORD!

Seriously, check out what’s going on in the world and what’s coming to America. Gentlemen, more than ever what we need now are some Elijahs, some John the Baptists, some more John Knoxs, some old-school Billy Grahams, some D. L. Moodys, etc. We need more men of God who know the difference between the Word of God and a motivational speech!

Don’t try to be popular. Don’t try to be “cool” and “hip” with the younger generations. Quit fighting over the styles of worship if your congregation doesn’t even know HOW to worship! Forget trying to become more “seeker-friendly,” and just SEEK THE LOST! The world is going to Hell and we are greasing the skids.

Be real. Be humble. Be yourself. Love your enemies. But for the love of God, pastors and preachers, “Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong” (1 Corinthians 16:13). In other words, take off the liberal mom jeans and put on some prophet-worthy overalls and get to work!

You’ve got the pulpit, so use it! PREACH!



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6 responses to “It’s Time for Backbone (An Open Letter to Preachers)

  1. Chris Jordan

    Preach it!

  2. Hi Anthony,
    I might disagree with one thing in this post. I am thinking that Christians are fed up with ‘seek the lost’ from the pulpit. The goal is our own individual and corporate sanctification, godliness and transformation into the image of Christ. Many leaders have no idea where to begin with this and they refuse to admit it. They also refuse to listen to others who might be able to help them. It’s too embarrassing and demeaning to admit that they’re lost in this matter. This is a matter of pride and ego and a faulty personality that has not yet been overcome in their own lives. They have not yet died to their own will and ambitions. Part of this untenable situation is that these men and women make their living as ‘Christian Professionals’ (if there is such a thing).
    Preachers and Teachers have the people coming to their church and sitting down right in front of them. The need to preach and teach something worthy for the benefit of God. God doesn’t need more people. He needs holy people, righteous people, just people, godly people, faithful people. Christian leaders are in real danger of being judged (in that day, if not before then) with failure to follow God and for the loss of people’s faith under their care.

    • I understand your point. The primary responsibility of the “preacher” is not to win the list from the pulpit, but to equip those in the pew to be the Body of Christ in the world, thereby fulfilling the Great Commission. Nevertheless, we win the lost from the pulpit either directly or indirectly by bold, biblical preaching of the whole gospel, including exhortations to holiness.

      Thanks for you comment.

      • Hi,
        Something more Anthony. The Holy Spirit has to be functioning in the preacher, teacher, believer, etc. Unless God builds the house we labor in vain. Unless the Holy Spirit is working, nothing of any import is accomplished in a life. Your looking for anointed people who have the Holy Spirit operating in them for the building of the body as well as anointed biblical preaching and teaching by the leadership.
        This happens when God ordains. It could well happen to some people in your congregation if they have been foreordained by God for this purpose. We can’t take these positions on ourselves or nothing of import happens. There’s no getting around it. We have to totally surrender to God, leaders and laity alike. No one is going to be able to take God’s next move and use it to their advantage as what has happened in the past. The chaff will be separated because they won’t be in a position to be able to have a part.

      • Yes, the Holy Spirit active in and through the preacher is an absolute necessity. But of course, this truth was assumed when I wrote what I did. I didn’t bring it up because it was assumed to be understood that a real preacher/teacher/pastor must be God-called, else the point would be moot.

        Again, thanks for the comment.

  3. You just can’t help yourself can you! keep up the good Word…we need more straight talk and encouragement.

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