God’s laws are not complicated. This is not to say that all things in the scriptures are easily understood, for Peter said that some of Paul’s writings were “hard to be understood” (2 Pet. 3:16) but at the same time, God has not given a Testament void of simplicity, but just to the contrary! Paul also wrote, “But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtlety, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ” (2 Cor. 11:3). Paul also made mention of the fact that “. . . when you read, you may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ” (Eph. 3:4). So in reading God’s Word, we can understand the simplicity that is in Christ.
Often, preachers will be guilty of taking simple New Testament truths and making them complicated. So complicated they make the scriptures, that about the only thing the listener learns when his speech is over is how impressed the speaker is with himself. Many brethren feel you ought to use “big words” to impress your audience, to show them how educated you are. I ask, why? The Apostle Paul was highly educated, yet of his preaching he said, “And, I brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God . . . . my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom . . . . that your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God” (1 Cor. 2:1, 4-5). Big words have their place, but not when God’s word is being preached! If men want to impress other men with how educated they are, let them find another time and another place! We would do well to strive to impress those who hear us with the simple, pure New Testament truth. Only the truth will make a man free from sin (Jn 8:32). Only the truth will make one a servant of righteousness (Rom. 6:17). It is this same truth which shall judge us in the last day (Jn 12:48). With all of this evident, how will souls be saved if they cannot even understand what the preacher is attempting to convey in their sermons?
Conclusion: As the old saying says “Keep it simple stupid”. Applied to gospel sermons, better advice has never been spoken. Preachers need to cast aside their educational level and get down on the level of their audience. No one profits from a meal that is not digestible no matter how well it appears! Even so, the Word of God is unprofitable, no matter how eloquently spoken, if it is not understood by those who need to hear it. The Word of God is simple and so must preachers be if they want to save souls from death and hide a multitude of sin (Jam 5:19,20). Let us therefore as preachers make known God’s Word to all who hear it by keeping it as simple as humanly possible.