I Used to Preach Against Me

As a younger preacher, I often mimicked what was modeled before me. The pastors who mentored me were often preaching against Bible versions, songs written after 1812, pastors who didn’t preach in suits, and other things that have nothing to do with biblical Christianity. Those issues seemed to get their crowds shouting, so it seemed natural to be negative about everything so I could get a few people to shout “Amen!”

Over time, I learned that I was not going to hell for using something other than the King James Version (spoiler alert: it was revised several times, and we do not use the 1611😢), many great songs are being written today and are used by God, and I could preach in a tutu if I wanted to (which I do not). 

The saddest part was that I judged the motives of guys who ministered then like I do now. I wish I could go back and undo some of the shallow preaching on preferences and give those people the real meat of the Word. I have asked God to forgive me for that judgmental spirit. The only thing I can do is preach the uncompromised truth in love as I move forward.

To those who preach, teach, or write, I know the temptation is strong to address preferences. People really long for substance. Invite them to the table and give them what they need.

Author: Matthew Winters (The Comeback Pastor)

Born and raised in Portsmouth, VA, I eventually landed in upstate SC because when God calls I move. I gave my life to Christ in 1987 and surrendered to the call to ministry in 1997. I am a three-time graduate from Liberty University and Theological Seminary: BS in Religion (2003), the MA in Religion (Leadership concentration - 2006), and the Master of Divinity (Pastoral Ministries - 2013). I have served as a worship leader and senior pastor in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia since 1996. After experiencing a divorce, God graciously gave me my wife, Jennifer, whom I married in September 2015. Between the two of us, we have 6 children. I am the Lead/Founding Pastor of Overcomers Church in Walhalla, SC, a church plant that is helping those who have been overcome by life to become Overcomers in Christ. Jennifer and I both love people and long to see them enter into a relationship with Christ and walk in the power of His Spirit. I pray that these thoughts I share will challenge and inspire you to greater heights and deeper depths for the glory of Christ.

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