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Honey or Vinegar?. What Kind of Preacher Are You?. Honey or Vinegar?. A common expression is: “You can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar…” This is true if you are in the fly-catching business Christians are “fishers of men,” not catchers of flies (Mt. 4:19; Mk. 1:17; Lk. 5:10).

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honey or vinegar

Honey or Vinegar?

What Kind of Preacher Are You?

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Honey or Vinegar?

A common expression is: “You can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar…”

  • This is true if you are in the fly-catching business
  • Christians are “fishers of men,” not catchers of flies (Mt. 4:19; Mk. 1:17; Lk. 5:10)
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Honey or Vinegar?
  • This common expression is used when one exposes sin and error (divorce, alcohol, immodesty, denominationalism, etc.)
  • Many do not want to risk offending others; they hope others will simply change allegiances and join us after hearing a sweet sermon
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Honey or Vinegar?
  • John the Baptist ate honey, but he didn’t preach it (Mt. 3:4; Lk. 3:7ff)
  • Jesus was not concerned about “offending” others (Mt. 15:12-14; Jn. 4:16-18; Mk. 10:17-22)
  • Paul did not speak “sweetly” about those in sin (Gal. 4:16; 5:12; Phil. 3:2); he kept nothing back (Acts 20:26-27)
  • Peter spoke plainly (Acts 2:36-38)
honey preachers
Honey Preachers
  • We live in a society that does not want to hear about sin, guilt or repentance (change)
  • Many in the world do not want to hear anything negative (1 K. 22:8,13; Amos 5:10)
  • Worldly preachers and churches respond by removing “negative” messages (Jer. 5:30; 6:14; 23:16-17)
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Honey Preachers
  • Honey preachers cater to honey hearers (Mic. 2:11; 2 Tim. 4:3-4)
  • Honey preaching goes down smoothly but it deceives (Isa. 30:10; Rom. 16:18)
  • Honey preaching leads to sickness (Prov. 25:16,27)
true gospel preachers
True Gospel Preachers
  • Do we want to fill pews, or save souls?
  • We must be content to preach the gospel, not the wisdom of men (1 Cor. 1:17)
  • True gospel preaching involves both building up and tearing down (Jer. 1:10; 2 Tim. 4:2)