Preaching God’s word is not an easy task. If you preach the truth, most will oppose you. If you agree with error, God is your enemy. If you preach the truth, man is your enemy.
Despite the fact preachers must uphold the truth, it doesn’t mean we have the right to insult our audience. Before a preacher can effectively teach God’s Word they must learn temperance (1 Pet 1:5). Sadly, not many preachers learn this, and lose their audience. I have learned that when my audience doesn’t agree with me, don’t get angry. A preacher can only plant and water but God gives the increase (1 Cor 3:6).
Preachers must not let pride get in their way. They must push their pride away and let God’s Word be truth (Rom 3:4). Many teachers today teach their own opinions and attempt to peddle their dogmas using the philosophies of men (Col 2:8). False teachers will twist God’s Word, redefine it, and intermingle it with the doctrines of men. They will use great swelling words of vanity, soft spoken words, appeasing their audience for profit (Rom 16:17,18). They will argue over words in attempt to exploit their audience (1 Tim 6:4). If you don’t agree with their misguided teaching, they will lash out at you with all the vile within them. They will make personal attacks on you and make you out to be the enemy.
A good teacher will not add to God’s Word or go beyond it (1 Cor 4:6). They will teach in and out of season (2 Tim 4:2-5). They speak the very words of God (1 Pet 4:11). They don’t get angry and make personal attacks on you because you don’t agree with them. They seek the more diligently to express God’s Word, answering your questions, even if they are threaten and abused by you (1 Pet 3:15). Preachers of God don’t preach out of hate, but out of love for the truth and the ones they are teaching (2 Tim 1:13).