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Posted By: Johan Question about sermons - Wed Jun 20, 2018 3:54 PM
Good day!

I have a question about making connections/links between different parts of Scripture in sermons.

Last Sunday we had the second in a series of sermons on Judges. In this case the sermon was mostly about Judges 2. I am not going to give all the background on the sermon. Towards the end of the sermon, the pastor referred to Judges 2:19 where it is stated that after the death of judge the people returned and corrupted themselves more than their fathers etc. The pastor pointed out that what we see in the book of Judges is a downward spiral for Israel. He then said that this downward spiral is a call for the Messiah to come.

My question is whether, in this specific case, it is really valid to make such a link. One can argue that there is nothing wrong with it, but is this really what the message of verse 19 is? Obviously the pastor wanted to make a connection with the Gospel and to some extent I am fine with that. But, as I said, is such a connection really "valid"?


Johan

Posted By: ReformedDisciple Re: Question about sermons - Mon Jul 09, 2018 5:35 PM
Originally Posted by Johan
Good day!

He then said that this downward spiral is a call for the Messiah to come. ...My question is whether, in this specific case, it is really valid to make such a link....But, as I said, is such a connection really "valid"?


Johan

IMO: I would view it in distaste ONLY because it is an example of and can lead to others (those unfamiliar with, or babes in, Christ) to overreach when trying to relate one part of the Bible with another, when in actuality they are irrelevant, one to the other. This leads to irrational, illogical sounding Christians and may, in some cases, lead to teaching false doctrine/gospel.

I know this sounds extreme, but play the tape all the way out. I've argued with professing believers before that made connections which made absolutely no sense. Sometimes due to lack of knowledge of appropriate history. But often I find it's something they heard a pastor somewhere say, and then deduced a new conclusion altogether.

Correct me if anything I've asserted here is incorrect.

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