Preaching That Heals Superficially
In Jeremiah the Lord laments, “For from the least of them even to the greatest of them, everyone is greedy for gain, and from the prophet even to the priest everyone deals falsely. And they have healed the brokenness of My people superficially, saying, ‘Peace, peace,’ but there is no peace” (Jeremiah 6:13,14). These words are certainly true today and their application perfectly apparent. Because of greed for gain, whether it be the love of money, the love of power, the love of acclaim, the love of crowds, the love of success, multitudes from the prophet to priest are dealing falsely, pronouncing persons healed who are still fatally ill.
Think of a person who is dying of cancer but has been afraid to seek the help of the physicians. Imagine his family and friends finally prevailing, scheduling an appointment, and taking him to the doctor’s office. Because of weakness, he must be helped out of the car and up the walk but suddenly collapses in front of the office, falling into rose bushes whose thorns scratch and pierce his arms, hands and face. When the doctor sees him he flies into a fury of healing activity, cleansing and treating the wounds, sending home with the assurance that all is well when all the time it is cancer that is killing him, not rose bushes.
A major portion of today’s preaching deals with the superficial hurts. Millions have been pronounced healed who still are dying of the cancer of sin. Does the Lord God omnipotent lament the healing nature if your ministry? Is it a hindrance to revival in your life and church?