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On Subscription Sermon Series (Part 2)














Picking up where we left off last time . . .

(If you haven't done so yet, please read part 1--posted below.  I'm posting sections from a "free" sermon I was sent, advertising a subscription sermon series).

The sample sermon--supposedly based on Mark 5:1-19--now discusses what both Satan and the Savior can do.  And no, as you'll soon see, this is not a proper distinction between law and gospel!

Here are the three main points in the sermon--although you can probably guess where this is going.  In fact, this sermon was emailed to so many preachers, you may have already heard it! 



It is the mistake of believing that we can play around with Satan.  But what they fail to understand is when you play around with Satan, he is not playing.

* Do you know how people become ALCOHOLICS?  They become alcoholics by letting the devil tell them they can take a drink and quit drinking any time they desire -- nothing will come of it!

* Do you know how people become DRUG ADDICTS?  They become drug addicts by listening to the devil saying that they can experiment with drugs and quit any time they want to -- nothing will come of it!

* Do you know how people become HOMOSEXUALS? They start to play around with SATAN, but Satan is not playing.

* You know how Christians who used to attend church every time the church doors were open started playing around with Satan and he told them they could miss some of the church services and everything would be fine?  They start missing and missing and the more they missed, the easier it became.
People's lives are messed up because they think they can play around with Satan.


So, the devil made me do it!  I knew it!  Now let me get this straight . . .  In a sermon based on Mark 5:1-19--where Jesus encounters a demon-possessed man in the Garasenes--the application that I am supposed to draw is that it is Satan who makes people into alcoholics, drug addicts and homosexuals. 

Foolish me, I thought the passage had something to do with the dawn of the kingdom of God and that Christ's power over the demonic is one of the principle signs that the new age of salvation has come.  I thought that human sin originated in Adam's fall and is then manifest in the human heart so that it constantly springs into action.  I guess I missed the biblical passage that speaks about sin coming from Satan . . .

Next, comes the suggested illustration as to why we shouldn't "mess around with Satan". 


Illus:  Someone said, "Sin would have very few takers if its consequences occurred immediately!"

When people start to play around with Satan they do not know where that participation may take them.

*    There are DOPE ADDICTS who will tell you they would have never messed with dope if they knew it was going to take control of their lives.

*    There are ALCOHOLICS who will tell you they would have never messed with alcoholic beverages if they knew it was going to ruin their lives.

*    HOMOSEXUALS who will tell you they never would have played with sex sins if they knew it was going to wreck their lives.

*    There are BACKSLIDERS who will tell you they did not intend to get that far from God.

If people only knew how far sin was going to take them, they would never participate in sin. You!

I don't know about you, but the first thing I thought about when I read Mark 5:1-19, was drugs, alcohol, homosexuality and backsliding (???).  You gotta be kidding me!
Now comes the second part of the sermon . . .  I know, you just can't wait.

The Bible tells us that Satan has come for the purpose of destroying us PHYSICALLY and SPIRITUALLY. 

Look at John 10:10. We read, "The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy."   

Look at verses 7-13, [the passage is cited--reminding the reader that the points made in the sermon have nothing whatsoever with the passage cited]


He just kept opening the door to the Devil playing around with him, and one devil at a time just kept entering him.

We have looked at :

WHAT CAN SATAN DO? He can destroy a man's life with sin so that he is beyond recognition. 

WHAT CAN CHRIST DO?   He can take the man that Satan has destroyed and RESTORE him so no one recognizes him!

Since the sermon never mentions sin, but is concerned only with fact that the demon-possessed man is proof that drug and alcohol addiction, backsliding and sexual sin come from Satan (???), we should not be surprised that the application would be framed along the lines that Jesus came to restore what Satan came to destroy.  If there is no mention of sin, of course, there will be no mention of the saving work of Christ!
That (thankfully) brings us to the conclusion.  "What we can do?"


Notice, Mark 5:18-20, "And when he was come into the ship, he that had been possessed with the devil prayed him that he might be with him.  Howbeit Jesus suffered him not, but saith unto him, Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee.  And he departed, and began to publish in Decapolis how great things Jesus had done for him: and all men did marvel."     Jesus told the man that he should not go with Him, but rather that he should... (V. 19), "Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee." That was what the man did.  The Bible says, verse 20, "And he departed, and began to publish in Decapolis how great things Jesus had done for him: and all men did marvel."


* If you are not saved, God wants to take you from RUINS TO REDEMPTION.

* If you are saved, He wants you to share with others what He has done for you.


Ministers really buy this stuff?  Finally, we discover the real point of the sermon--the call to do something (with no mention whatsoever of Christ). 

This is immediately followed by the sales pitch to the minister who would like to pass this kind of drivel off as his own work.



"Thanks for taking the time to read this condensed outline. As you look at the full outline you can see this sermon has so much more!  If you subscribe today we will send you Sept/Oct package of sermons that contains this sermon and fifteen (15) more great sermons.  When you subscribe you will receive sixteen of these full-length, useable sermons for only $5.75 a month."


Talk about nerve!  It is one thing for a minister to buy someone else's material and then pass it off as his own.  Its another thing to subscribe to a series of sermons like this one, which have virtually nothing to do with the biblical text upon which they are supposedly based.

OK, I'm done.  I can just hear you saying, "please make it stop."  I thought it might help for you to know that this kind of thing actually goes on.  I also thought you might be interested to see the quality of the stuff which passes for a "biblical" sermon these days.

While I could say a lot more, one good solution is for everyone who preaches and who listens to preaching to get and read Dennis Johnson's wonderful book, Him We Proclaim (Click here: Him We Proclaim: Preaching Christ from All the Scriptures: Books: Dennis E. Johnson).  Johnson's book shows ministers what it truly means to preach Christ from all of Scripture, but it also gives those in the pews a good idea of what they should be looking and listening for from their ministers.

If your pastor buys sermons like this and preaches this way, find another church! 

Oh, and don't close your blinds!


Reader Comments (15)

Funny how that first drink I ever took never made me an alcoholic...wait, maybe I am just in denial, a condition planted in me by Satan while I was sleeping. Maybe I need to counteract that "devil chip" by having the chip the state wants to plant in me for identification...wait, that's the plan of the devil, too. Ah, I'll just keep the chip I have on my shoulder. Somebody please pass the bread and wine.

September 29, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterzrim
Whew! I'm glad you posted the second half of that sermon, as I'm preaching tomorrow night. I thought I would have to study, to show myself approved.
September 29, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterChris Malamisuro
I'm glad to finally hear a pastor decry and rightly condemn this. Years ago, I attended churches where the "pastor" spewed out the vomitous poison, never realizing where it was coming from. After six churches I wondered why don't we ever learn about what the Bible really means?

One pastor went so far to declare the nature of who Jesus was/is "had nothing to do with him being Jewish or his family origin." (At a Christmas sermon!)

Thank you, Pastor Kim for teaching us what Christmas and Easter mean; the true nature of our sin; the power of Grace and the authentic gratitude it creates.

We appreciate you're not one of those "Stepford Pastors" who witlessly prey upon the sheep.

September 29, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterRobin
Hold on.
What's the problem folks?
That sermon read very much like some of those Joel Osteen sermons I've seen on TV.

And like that Ed Young fellow as well.
I guess he is Ed Young Jr. anyone ever seen him on TV?
September 29, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterIvan
Yup Ivan, we've seen him......and they ALL sound alike don't they? The broad road is the only thing I think of when I see and hear this type of so called preaching going on. Send them the delusion to believe the lie.
September 29, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterplw
I was wondering, Kim, if this whole packaged included some of what men call "charisma"? Seems to me I recall the unspoken assumption of my preaching classes at the little Baptist college was only those with charisma could expect any measure of pastoral success. I suggest these folks aren't selling you the sermon contents, but the modeled "charisma".
September 30, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterEd Hurst
Where can I buy some of this charisma stuff? People say I don't have any.
Just kidding, folks.
September 30, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterPB
Most of the 'trash' preaching on television nowadays is never referred to as a sermon. It is called merely a 'message'. What they don't realize is from whom their message is really sent - The Devil.
October 1, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterCheryl
Amen Cheryl!!!!!!!
October 1, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterplw
I should have known better than to think I could get any Bible teaching, edifying, love, or exhaltation of the Savior on a Reformation site. All I have ever been able to read here is condemnation of the brethern, critical of those trying to help others and do what God has planned for them. Blah, blah, blah-- your distain for other Christians is sickening. Its no wonder people of old left the frowning, drowl, mean-spirited, illogical calvinistic church of the past. Who can live their life like that. Don't you get sick of being so critical ALL THE TIME. We are. Find a little love in your heart once in a while, being kind, gentle, long suffering, patient, and prayerful. Quit airing all your hate and disagreements so gleefully. Its not healthy for the church.
October 2, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterChris
Chris is right, these comments are hateful. Perhaps all the posters should stop saying unlovely things like "FLEE THE WRATH TO COME!" Oh, wait. Jesus said that! (Matthew 3:7)

In the years just before my mother died, she had one of these pastors — the kind who would buy a sermon so he wouldn't feel too guilty about spending all his time on the golf course, or hob-nobing with the local denominational big-wigs instead of studying — I don't know that he ever bought one and preached it. It might have helped. The only sermon of his I ever heard had 27 unrelated points from the same passage. Organization of thought, perhaps, is not one of his skills.

In the months before her death he talked (tricked?) the church into selling its building, moving into a school, and making itself over as a trendy seeker-sensitive, loud music, congregation with the slogan "making broken pieces beautiful".

I'm not sure what he meant by that slogan. I know he didn't mean that if an elderly lady, a faithful member of his congregation, suffering and dying of cancer, who lived 5 minutes walk from his door, should need prayer and comfort he should ever visit or call her to see how she was getting on. Lest you think I am too harsh and unloving toward him, I will tell you he did see her. At her funeral. He stopped by on the way to the golf course. Happily he didn't offer to conduct the funeral and we, the family, had an uncle who is a retired pastor conduct it.

I do hope what I have said isn't unlovely or harsh, and I hope it isn't off topic.

There are all sorts of merchadisers of our souls out there. The reason there are sellers of sermons abroad is because there are buyers. We apparently live in a day like Luther's in which he found all too many willing to abuse their congregations for worldly gain. 2 Peter 2:3 "And in their greed they will exploit you with false words. Their condemnation from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep."
October 3, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterThoughtful
Chris raises an interesting point. Expecting to find Bible teaching, edifying, love, or exaltation of Christ he is disapointed with this web site. But I wonder if this is what the web site can do? I suppose in some measure it can. But maybe Chris would find these things at Kim's church, or other churches committed to the Bible and the doctrines of the faith. Context is key. Calvinists can sometimes be stuffy, or even downright rude, but I think there may be a place for an in house family critique. If Chris would ask what got Kim so riled up about this sermon subscription sermon deal, he may just temper his own words a little. I'm not saying you should not express yourself, just don't become what you are criticizing.
October 3, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterDSY
The whole point is simple- quit eating our own. We are suppose to Love are we not? Do you remember what that means. "Love your neighbor as yourself, love your enemies, love the Lord your God." Those were taken from a good old book called the Bible or in other words "God's word." Why ignore those parts? It also says --- For if ye love them which love you, what thank have ye? for sinners also love those that love them.
There are millions of people out there that do not know Christ as Savior and destroying this nation and the Godly values it stands for, but I see no attack on them. There is a new show on tv about following Satan, where is your uproar over that? Governments are taking away more and more rights daily, including prayer, speaking about the Bible, teaching creation, and on and ON... Wheres the action?? No, let us be critical of those we don't agree with. Because I'm sure you are perfect. Have you taken the beam out of your own eye? do you never do wrong? are you soooo repentful everyday and all you do is sit and read the Bible and pray continuously. I think not. Do we not all have differing gifts to use while we are here, such as teaching, hospitality, preaching,ministering(serving), exhorting, giving.
"Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another"
October 3, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterchris

Refusing to teach the Bible to God's people is about the most unloving thing possible.

The hope of the world is the gospel. If we lose that, how will we ever change the world?

Your priorities are strange, Chris. You want us to condemn wordliness in those who are definitely of this world. Why would we want to make them hypocritically "moral" when they are still dead in their sins?

Judgement must begin in the household of God. Kim has demonstrated profound love for God's people and unbelievers who should be hearing the gospel when they go to church rather than human laws which have no value in restraining sensual indulgence.
October 4, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterJeremy Felden
Chris, Whoa dude... Chill. 'Eating our own?' All Kim did was to point out yet another example of how our faith is being bought and sold. This should make you angry. I expect the world to be the world. No surprise there. But it does surprise me and angers me when I see the commodification of Christianity. I am a pastor and my people are constantly beign marketed to by "Christian hucksters." That is pretty bad. But here we see pastors being sold some bad product. The only thing worse than the ones trying to sell this stuff are the ones buying it. There is a time that is fitting to speak out on this kind of thing. I'm not convinced that they are our own, but if they are, we need to address it.

October 6, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterDSY

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