I would dare say that the vast majority of people in churches are critical of preaching, and their preferences are as numerous as the stars in the sky. Some want loud preaching while others want soft preaching. Some want long preaching while others prefer brief sermons. The stronger criticism I hear in conservative circles is the hatred of what they call “feel-good preaching”. The critics of “feel-good preaching” speak of it with such disdain that you would think these messages were preached by the devil himself. The question is, “How does God feel about this kind of preaching?”
Let’s answer this question with Scripture. Second Timothy 3:16-17 says, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” The truth here is that ALL Scripture is inspired by God. If you read enough of Scripture, you will discover that there are doctrinal truths that will make us feel good. When I read about the righteousness of Christ applied to me, a believing sinner, I feel good as I think about my positional righteousness in Christ. When I read the promises of God, I feel good. Some preachers only preach the stuff that makes us feel good. If ALL Scripture is inspired, it stands to reason that we should preach the stuff that is difficult to bear. No man or woman who is involved in sexual sin wants to hear a sermon on God’s truth about sex, but it must be preached. No dishonest businessman wants to hear a sermon about honest gain, but it must be preached. We can’t pick and choose the parts we like and avoid the ones we dislike.
Are “feel-good sermons” wrong? Absolutely not! Would it be wrong for me to only preach that and ignore that truth that we must repent and trust Christ as Savior? Absolutely! It’s all about balance. Let’s strive to preach all truth in a generation that desperately needs the light of God.