D. L. Moody on criticizing preachers

D. L. Moody on Criticizing Preachers

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There are many professed Christians who are all the time finding fault and criticising. They criticise the preaching, or the singing. The prayers will be either too long or too short, too loud, or not loud enough. They will find fault with the reading of the Word of God, or will say it was not the right portion. They will criticise the preacher. “I do not like his style,” they say. If you doubt what I say, listen to the people as they go out of a revival meeting, or any other religious gathering.

“What did you think of the preacher?” says one. “Well, I must confess I was disappointed. I did not like his manner. He was not graceful in his actions.” Another will say: “He was not logical; I like logic.” Or another: “He did not preach enough about repentance.” If a preacher does not go over every doctrine in every sermon people begin to find fault. They say: “There was too much repentance, and no Gospel; or, it was all Gospel, and no repentance.” “He spoke a great deal abort justification, but he said nothing about sanctification.” So if a man does not go right through the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, in one sermon, they at once proceed to criticise and find fault.

“The fact is,” says some one of this class, “the man did not touch my heart at all.” Some one else will say, “He was all heart and no head. I like a man to preach to my intellect.” Or, “He appeals too much to the will; he does not give enough prominence to the doctrine of election.” Or, again, “There is no backbone in his preaching; he does not lay sufficient stress on doctrine.” Or, “He is not eloquent;” and so on, and so on.

You may find hundreds of such fault-finders among professed Christians; but all their criticism will not lead one solitary soul to Christ. I never preached a sermon yet that I could not pick to pieces and find fault with. I feel that Jesus Christ ought to have a far better representative than I am. But I have lived long enough to discover that there is nothing perfect in this world. If you are to wait until you can find a perfect preacher, or perfect meetings, I am afraid you will have to wait till the millennium arrives. What we want is to be looking right up to Him. Let us get done with fault-finding. When I hear people talk in the way I have described, I say to them, “Come and do better yourself. Step up here and try what you can do.” My friends, it is so easy to find fault; it takes neither brains nor heart.

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From “To the Work” chapter 1.  Available in the special edition “The Works of D.L. Moody (25-in-1)”

d l moody books TITLE: THE WORKS OF D.L. Moody  (25-in-1)

AUTHOR: D. L. Moody
CATEGORY: CHRISTIAN LIVING, PRAYER
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D. L. Moody (1837-1899) was probably the most well-known and respected evangelist in the late 1800’s. He preached to thousands on both sides of the Atlantic, started schools and established what is now Moody Bible Institute.

This collection contains TWENTY-FIVE works – his life and most famous books, packed full of Scripture, passion and timeless truth:

  1. Why God Used D. L. Moody (7 chapters)
  2. The Life and Work of Dwight L. Moody (34 chapters)
  3. The Overcoming Life (9 chapters)
  4. Secret Power in Christian Life and Service (5 chapters)
  5. Men of the Bible (7 chapters)
  6. The Way to God and How to Find it (9 chapters)
  7. Heaven – Where it is and how to Get There (9 chapters)
  8. Prevailing Prayer – What Hinders It? (11 chapters)
  9. Sowing and Reaping (8 chapters)
  10. Weighed and Wanting – Addresses on the Ten Commandments (13 chapters)
  11. To the Work! To the Work! (9 chapters)
  12. Sovereign Grace (11 chapters)
  13. Pleasure and Profit in Bible Study (16 chapters)
  14. Wondrous Love and other Gospel Addresses (10 chapters)
  15. That Gospel Sermon on the Blessed Hope
  16. Thoughts for the Quiet Hour (365 – daily readings)
  17. Moody’s Latest Sermons (7 sermons)
  18. Where Art Thou? (12 select sermons)
  19. Thou Fool! (and other sermons)
  20. The Way Home (and other sermons)
  21. Bible Characters (11 chapters)
  22. Life Words
  23. Moody’s Anecdotes and Illustrations
  24. Moody’s Stories
  25. The Home Work of D. L. Moody (9 chapters)

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