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December 11, 2008

Plexiglas Preaching: The Devastating Consequences of a Watered-Down Message

Filed under: Some Famous | Some Not So Famous — pilgrimskeyboard @ 4:25 am

John MacArthur

There are plenty of gifted communicators in the modern evangelical movement, but today’s sermons tend to be short, shallow, topical homilies that massage people’s egos and focus on fairly insipid subjects like human relationships, “successful” living, emotional issues, and other practical but worldly – and not definitely biblical – themes. Like the unbiquitous Plexiglas lecterns from which these messages are delivered, such preaching is lightweight and without substance, cheap and synthetic, leaving little more than an ephemeral impression on the minds of the hearers.

—– [Fool’s Gold?: Discerning Truth in an Age of Error, Wheaton: Crossway Books, 2005, p. 36] —–

2 Timothy 4:1-5
I solemly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with great patience and instruction. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths. But you, be sober in all things, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.

1 Corinthians 9:16b – … woe is me if I do not preach the gospel.



  1. You see people responding to alter calls after one of those “plexiglass” sermons; and you can’t help but wonder, what are they responding to? The preacher has not said word one about sin and repentance; much less Christ Jesus and him crucified. So again I ask; what are they responding too? The promise of mammon? A good life free of suffering a big house and car? If the message doesn’t fit in the redemptive work of the cross, what are they believing in for salvation? In many of these churches today; you know they will never hear a sermon on a subject like Godliness with contentment is great gain.

    We need to pray for a change in the hearts of these “plexiglass” preachers, or we are gone have a great many clueless church folk come judgement day.

    Comment by digitalpublius.com — December 11, 2008 @ 11:15 am | Reply

  2. I agree it is so sad to watch TV or listen to a radio and hear what is being proclaimed to the masses. The message is not to repent and believe. No instead it is demand and grab for all you can obtain. It seems that people just want and want of this world’s goods so much that now they have those in the “plexiglass” podium encouraging them on to go get what they deserve. May God’s people stand up and proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ to this lost and dying world.

    Comment by pilgrimskeyboard — December 11, 2008 @ 4:46 pm | Reply

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