Have you ever walked out in the middle of a bad sermon?

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  1. smhbbag

    smhbbag Puritan Board Senior

    We were visiting a UMC church with my family on vacation, and it so happened that it was "Youth Sunday." For those not familiar, this is somewhat common in generic evangelical circles. The youth will lead the music, do skits or something, and then the youth pastor preaches. Sometimes, a young man will give a mini-sermon.

    After suffering the burden well until it was time for the sermon, we were only a little surprised (but much outraged) to watch a 14 year old girl ascend to the pulpit to give the sermon. I was willing to suffer a great deal in the name of family cohesion, but at that point I'm fairly certain I would have walked out even if there was combination fire-flood-tornado going on right outside the door. Back at the house afterward, a conversation ensued that was quite...eventful.
     
  2. Edward

    Edward Puritan Board Doctor

    It would need to be done very slowly, and with great diplomacy and tact (and yes, I recognize the irony of me advocating diplomacy and tact). An established, settled church in a rural or semi-rural church really aren't going to take very well to an outsider coming in and pointing out their faults.
     
  3. NaphtaliPress

    NaphtaliPress Administrator Staff Member

    Each situation will have its own set of difficulties but that will almost certainly be a factor and one I'm in myself, though not a rural setting.
     
  4. Ask Mr. Religion

    Ask Mr. Religion Flatly Unflappable

    I have sat through some terrible services from time to time, even when I pre-checked what I was getting into from the church's web site and whatnot. I have never encountered a rank heretic behind the pulpit, so I remained steadfast that the word of God was being delivered, albeit deeply obfuscated knowing that the foolishness of preaching (1 Cor. 1: 18-25) sometimes includes actual tomfoolery. Sigh.
     
    Last edited: Dec 21, 2015
  5. C. Matthew McMahon

    C. Matthew McMahon Christian Preacher

    To both you and Chris, yes. Well understood.
     
  6. Toasty

    Toasty Puritan Board Sophomore

    Preachers are supposed to preach the word of God. They are supposed to explain the text of Scripture and apply the text of Scripture to our lives. If the preacher uses illustrations, the purpose of those illustrations is to explain what the text of Scripture means.
     
  7. Parakaleo

    Parakaleo Puritan Board Sophomore

    My father tells me of a time his company had him at Stanford University for a couple weeks and he desired to find a place to worship within walking distance. He said he arrived at a place in which the gentleman greeting him said, "Welcome! We are glad you are here visiting. And don't worry, at this church we aren't big on all that Jesus stuff." That deserves an about-face.
     
  8. LadyCalvinist

    LadyCalvinist Puritan Board Junior

    I did once walk out of a bad sermon. It was a sermon on how Genesis 1-3 should not be taken literally. I walked out as quietly as I could. I am a 6 day creationist.
     
  9. Bill The Baptist

    Bill The Baptist Puritan Board Graduate

    We have about a dozen or so people at my church who were formerly members of the UMC church in town. They had been contemplating leaving for some time as their church descended into liberalism, but the final straw was when the new minister preached on John 6 and argued that the feeding of the 5000 wasn't a miracle at all, but simply an example of what can be accomplished when the people of God are organized.
     
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