I Corinthians 1:18 "For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God."
There are many men across our nation that claim to be preaching. And they claim to be preaching the Bible. There are TV preachers, women who claim to be preachers (tell me how a woman can be the husband of one wife; read I Timothy 3:2) and many who are putting out books that claim they are teaching the Bible. The truth is there aren't many men who truly are preaching the Bible. Not many truly believe what they preach nor do they live what they preach.
If ever there was a need for God-called men to preach the whole counsel of God's Word it is today. John the Baptist preached repentance. Paul preached Christ and Him crucified. Jesus preached and also prophesied. Paul even told Timothy to preach the Word.
The problem in our world today is that men are not surrendering to that call of God in their life and the ones that do are straying from preaching truth. They are preaching from a perverted text or they are not preaching true Biblical sanctification. They are preaching blasphemy and are not preaching on sin or naming sin for what it is.
Preachers need to be preaching "thus saith the Lord" and not picking and choosing what they preach. We need men of God who are filled with the Spirit of God and that aren't afraid to preach what God tells them to preach. I'm sure its not always easy to preach certain things from God's Word. I know for a fact that there are things that should be preached that aren't popular things.
Preachers are afraid to preach some things for fear of people leaving their church if they do. Afterall....the more members or the bigger the church the more money (for the most part)that goes in the pocket of the pastor. The Bible says in II Timothy 4:2 "Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine." God-called preachers should be preaching the whole counsel of God...whether its popular or not.
I for one love preaching that is straight and hard. That kind of preaching helps me...and I don't know about you but I want to be helped by the preaching of God's Word. The kind of preaching that is popular today is the "feel-good ear-tickling" preaching that doesn't convict anyone of anything wrong they are doing in their life. God warned us of this kind of preaching would be prominent in days to come. II Timothy 4:3 "For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;". Are we not seeing this going on today?
If you have a pastor that preaches it straight...thank God for him and let him know you appreciate him and the stand he takes. Trust me...he'll appreciate the encouragement. There may be no one else that is telling him.