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Do Not Judge A Minister . . .



(Thomas Brooks, "The Unsearchable Riches of Christ")

“Take heed what ye hear.” Mark 4:24
 
It is sad to see how many preachers in our days, make
it their business to enrich men's heads with high, empty,
airy notions; instead of enriching their souls with saving
truths.

Fix yourself under that man's ministry, who makes it his
business, his work to enrich the soul, to win the soul, and
to build up the soul; not to tickle the ear, or please the
fancy. This age is full of such light, delirious souls
who
dislike everything
but what is empty and airy.

Do not judge a minister . . .
     by his voice, nor
     by the multitude who follow him, nor
     by his affected tone, nor
     by his rhetoric and flashes of wit;
but by the holiness, heavenliness, and spiritualness
of his teaching. Many ministers are like empty orators,
who have a flood of words
but a drop of matter.

Some preachers affect rhetorical strains; they seek abstrusities,
and love to hover and soar aloft in dark and cloudy expressions,
and so shoot their arrows over their hearers' heads
instead of
bettering their hearers' hearts. Mirthful things in a sermon
are only for men to gaze upon and admire. He is the best
preacher
, not who tickles the ear
but who breaks the heart.

“And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing

words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the

Spirit and of power.” 1 Corinthians 2:4-5

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