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.