Nothing is more important to God than the souls of men (John 3:16). For God’s people, bringing the lost to Christ is the noblest task we can ever perform (Matthew 28:18-20).
When Moses encountered God in the burning bush, he was told:
“Do not draw near this place. Take your sandals off your feet, for the place where you stand is holy ground” (Exodus 3:5, NKJV).
The proclamation of the gospel is sacred work (Romans 10:14-15). We must exhibit fear and respect when we utter the greatest words ever written (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
We do not own any of the Lord’s Words, and we must possess great humility when we share them because God is watching (Psalm 139:7-12). When we teach or preach the Gospel, we must blend into the background, allowing God to speak clearly through the Scriptures.
The sacred nature of the Gospel means that we must never forget the importance and sacred nature of the Bible.
As a result, the pulpit should never be used to:
- Promote our personal aspirations.
When we proclaim the gospel, we cease to exist except to deliver the message. Preaching is never about us. The pulpit should never be used to advance our career or name. For every inch of our ego that takes the stage, Christ is diminished.
- Promote our political agenda.
Politics and Christianity rarely ever mix. We must use the Scriptures to refute error but when we move outside of God’s Word and move to politicians and political beliefs, we are awash in danger. In that respect, politics has no place in the pulpit, much less our own beliefs. When we try to project Jesus onto our political agenda, we are courting blasphemy.
- Promote our ideas.
We are to preach the Word and nothing else (2 Timothy 4:2). When we begin spouting our own beliefs, theories and pet peeves, we have thrown Christ aside and begun preaching ourselves and we may open the door to Satan (1 Peter 5:8).
- Sort out our own problems.
If we need counseling, we can find help in many places. But preaching is not a glorified form of self-exploration or self-medication.
- Settle scores.
The pulpit should never be used to take potshots at the brethren or to force brethren to join our army so we can go to war against our enemies. When we lose our focus and mount the bully pulpit, we can destroy the veracity and credibility of the Lord. God is not mocked, and we will pay a severe price for our sin.
God deserves fear, reverence, respect and awe. All Christians must exhibit these qualities at all times. When we complain that the world does not respect Christ, do we ever ask whether we might be contributing to their misconceptions?