Telling the truth from the pulpit

Or, “Hauerwas and Willimon, Stepping On Our Toes Again, Part 2″…

Nowhere could truthfulness be better witnessed today than in the church’s preaching ministry. We must desire, we must demand, that we hear the truth preached by those set aside to be ministers of the gospel. Is it any wonder that the world does not believe in our Messiah when our preaching has been turned into lies in the interests of caring, comfort, and false friendship? Preaching lies not so much by what is said explicitly but by what is left unsaid, namely, that Christians betray their non-Christian brothers and sisters by an unwillingness to say that the reason we are all so miserable is because we do not worship the true God truthfully.

Stanley Hauerwas and William Willimon, The Truth About God: The Ten Commandments in Christian Life (Nashville: Abingdon, 1999), 123.

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