Are Contemporary Preachers Making Mistakes in the Western Church?
Lately, I have been reading a book called “He is Not Silent: Preaching in a Postmodern World.” In the forward, R. Albert Mohler Jr. gives his diagnosis of what is wrong with postmodern Christian culture today, or more specifically, the mistakes some contemporary preachers are making in the pulpits of the Western church.
Among other things, Mohler sees our reliance and infatuation with technology as part of the problem. I have posted a few excerpts here for your consideration and discussion…
Contemporary preaching suffers from an infatuation with technology
Mohler, and others, think using technology while we are preaching, i.e. using film clips, images, dynamic graphics, and other ‘eye-catching’ technologies to gain and hold the congregation’s attention are eroding the power and effect of the Word of God on the hearts of the hearers.
Rather he thinks “the power of the Word of God, spoken through the human voice, is seen in the Bible’s unique power to penetrate all dimensions of the human personality.
As God made clear, even in the Ten Commandments, He has chosen to be heard and not seen. The use of visual technologies threatens to confuse this basic fact of biblical faith.”
Dr. Mohler observes and interprets other problems with the contemporary church, six to be exact, but for the purpose of focussed discussion, I have listed only one.
What do you think?
Do you agree with Mohler’s assessment? Is he right, or a little bit right in his diagnosis? Or is he wrong, or at least partly wrong in his assessment?