Over the next few weeks, I feel lead to take a simple stroll through a specific scripture.
2 Timothy 4:1-5 (ESV) 1 I 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: 2 preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. 3 For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, 4 and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. 5 As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.
The practice of exposing God’s people to God’s Word has almost become extinct. According to the HuffingtonPost.com in an October 2013 post James Gerken says, “Major extinction events are nothing new for the planet, but species are now dying out at an alarming rate thanks to humans.” According to the article 11 animals have all gone extinct in the past two centuries, the West African Black Rhinoceros, Passenger Pigeon, the South African Quagga Zebra and the Caribbean Monk Seal, just to name a few. Are now extinct and the article state emphatically and “It’s Our Fault.” Likewise, many pastors are leaving ministry discouraged, dejected, depressed and disappointed as they preach and proclaim God’s Word in the age when expository teaching and preaching is slowly approaching extinction. Many pastors are avoiding the sacred and solemn service to the Savior of preaching, teaching and exegeting biblical truth. In other words, the pulpit suffers from “spiritual laryngitis.” Our pulpits that should be the voice has become voiceless voices.
Preaching God’s Word is the heart of Christianity. The Apostle Paul in Colossians 1:28 (ESV) says, “Him we proclaim [preach], warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ.” The prescription for “spiritual laryngitis” is “sola scriptura,” (Latin), “by scripture alone.” If our pulpits are to ever regain the power of the Pentecost and the power of great men like Charles Spurgeon, Martin Luther, and John Calvin, our preaching and teaching must be rooted and ground in the pages of Scripture proclaimed.