Some people cannot be pleased

When it comes to preaching, some people cannot be pleased.

With Matthew 11:16-19 in mind, a question in Lesson 11 (Week of February 11, 2018, p. 135) of the Gospel Advocate’s Foundations Study (Elijah the Tishbite) asked, “Why did Jesus contrast the approach of John with His own approach?

With his statement, Jesus was not implying that John erred with his “delivery” method of preaching to the people. Jesus’ point revolved around the fact that the two “delivery” systems of John and himself were completely opposite each other in style but some people still could not be pleased!

I’ve heard people say one preacher preaches too soft. I’ve heard people say one preacher preaches too hard. I’ve heard people say one preacher tells too many stories. I’ve heard people say one preacher never uses enough stories. I’ve heard people say one preacher uses too much humor. I’ve heard people say one preacher never uses enough humor. I’ve heard people say one preacher uses too many scripture references. I’ve heard people say one preacher never uses enough scripture references. And sometimes it’s the same people who say both of these things!

Often times, if the truth is being delivered, the delivery method of the preacher isn’t the problem when it comes to the message and a person’s reaction. The problem is that people do not want to hear what is being said because they do not like it.

 “In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!”” (Matthew 3:1-2 NKJV)

From that time Jesus began to preach and to say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”” (Matthew 4:17 NKJV)