Less eisegesis, more exegesis…
Puh-lease! We don’t need opinions in pulpits. We need God’s loving, life-transforming, time-transcending Truth.
There are too many cracked foundations and breached walls. This is true of individuals, churches, and even whole denominations.
Opinions change. They are subject to a person’s preference, pride, popular culture, peer-pressure, previous life-experience.
Any foundation built upon opinion, is built upon shaky ground. Jesus likened this to “…a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.” Matthew 7:26 NIV.
Everyone has the responsibility of being careful how we build.
The people of Jesus’ day were amazed at His teaching …because He taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law, Matthew 7:28,29 NIV.
That is, authority comes from the Word of God. Not opinions. Not long-standing traditions. Not even when these are taught from pulpits by church leaders. These may tickle people’s ears for a little while. They may even entertain us.
But, enough with the eisegegis! We cannot teach opinion with integrity before God in His pulpit. It is His pulpit. Do we need reminding of that?
It is only God’s loving, life-transforming, time-transcending Truth, unfiltered by opinion and unapologetically spoken, that builds the right foundations…