"Preaching"--Why Are We Yelling At One Another??

What is a "preacher"?

What does it mean to "preach"

Think about your experience, your definition.

Many Christians will say that a "preacher" is someone who steps up into a pulpit and delivers a message to them. He (or sometime she) might yell, or scream or shout. The rules of this "preaching" are that everyone must be silent, unless there is an appropriate time to say "amen".

Yes, a preacher.

I had a person once tell me that "when he turns on that Christian television there is always some guy sweating and yelling at you".

Is that what a "preacher" is?


The word "Preach in the new testament Bible basically means to proclaim a message....


2784 kerussw kerusso {kay-roos'-so}

of uncertain affinity; TDNT - 3:697,430; v

AV - preach 51, publish 5, proclaim 2, preached + 2258 2,
preacher 1; 61

1) to be a herald, to officiate as a herald
1a) to proclaim after the manner of a herald
1b) always with the suggestion of formality, gravity and an
authority which must be listened to and obeyed
2) to publish, proclaim openly: something which has been done
3) used of the public proclamation of the gospel and matters
pertaining to it, made by John the Baptist, by Jesus, by the
apostles and other Christian teachers



2097 euaggelizw euaggelizo {yoo-ang-ghel-id'-zo}

from 2095 and 32; TDNT - 2:707,*; v

AV - preach 23, preach the Gospel 22, bring good tidings 2,
show glad tidings 2, bring glad tidings 1, declare 1,
declare glad tidings 1, misc 3; 55

1) to bring good news, to announce glad tidings
1a) used in the OT of any kind of good news
1a1) of the joyful tidings of God's kindness, in particular,
of the Messianic blessings
1b) in the NT used especially of the glad tidings of the coming
kingdom of God, and of the salvation to be obtained in it
through Christ, and of what relates to this salvation
1c) glad tidings are brought to one, one has glad tidings
proclaimed to him
1d) to proclaim glad tidings
1d1) instruct (men) concerning the things that pertain to
Christian salvation



To preach is to proclaim--yes it could mean to shout, to yell, to publish by any means.

Yes, a preacher could be someone who is "sweating and yelling"! (But it more completely means to proclaim by any means possible)

But take a look at it's uses in the Bible.......


1Co 9:18 What is my reward then? Verily that, when I preach the gospel.....

2Co 4:5 For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord;.......

1Co 9:16 For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of:

Ro 15:20 Yea, so have I strived to preach the gospel, not where Christ was named, lest I should build upon another man's foundation:

Lu 9:60 Jesus said unto him, Let the dead bury their dead: but go thou and preach the kingdom of God.

Lu 4:18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor....

These are just some of the examples in the Bible. It certainly is clear that we ought to preach---but notice that nearly all the examples of preaching are in reference to the Gospel.

The Bible tells us to preach THE GOSPEL.

To proclaim the Good News of salvation by faith in the name of Jesus Christ--and who needs ot hear that message? Why the lost of course! Those that are unsaved ought to be hearing us Christians preach!

Take a look at this area of scripture from the book of Romans...

"For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!" (Romans 10: 13-15)

It's telling us the basics of salvation--the fact that someone must call upon the name of the Lord in order to be saved. But how shall the unsaved hear the message of the Gospel? Well, they need a preacher (see--the unsaved need the preaching!) they need someone to proclaim the message to them. But there is one more admonition...."And how shall they preach, except they be sent?" The word "sent here is the Greek "apostello" the root word of apostle. "Sending" people to preach the Gospel was the highest goal of the Christian meeting in the Bible. There is hardly an example of a meeting of believers in the new testament, from which the preaching of the Gospel was not the result.

I absolutely believe that the Bible is telling us to shout, yell and by any means proclaim the Gospel. But, I am not so sure we should be preaching to ourselves. It seems to me that most "preaching" goes on within the church. "Preaching" is part of the idea we have of authority. Obviously when it's part of the plan and routine that someone, the leader, the pastor, the preacher, stand up each week and shouts and yells and proclaims AT US, it becomes part of our misdefinition of Christian ministry somehow being authority over others.

In the Bible, Christian were proclaiming the Gospel out to the world, but I believe they were not preaching at one another. I can't seem to find the example of the idea that believers need to yell at one another! The Christians in the Bible were meeting largely in home meetings, in small groups (they were following Jesus' example). The rules for meeting clearly allow anyone to speak or teach...

26 ¶ How is it then, brethren? when ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying. (1Corinthians 14:26)

The rules for Christian meeting are for simple, small group meetings---and from this meeting, the highest goal was to send out people to preach the Gospel.

All the proclaiming (and it may involve yelling and sweating!) was done out to the world, to the lost, the unsaved.

In the Bible Christians were not preaching at one another, so...

Why do we have this very powerful tradition in the church?

Probably because the format for Christian meeting which we call a "church service" was invented in the Dark Ages, when most people were illiterate. At that time, the Bible was not published, in fact it was hidden away in the monastery and very few people had access to it. Of course communication was very poor at that time, and the church which invented the format of Christian meeting was insanely drunk with it's own authority (making wars, controlling kings, ruling over people in a BIG way).

But let's give them a break and presume that they shouted at Christians simply because the microphone had not been invented, and they truly wanted to let the illiterate people hear the Bible in the giant cathedral they had built. In those days, everyone was a Christian (if you weren't, the inquisition might come and pay you a visit) at least that was what they believed, since everyone was baptized as a baby.

Okay, but times have changed, haven't they? We all own Bibles now--right? They are written in handy, easy to understand language.

In the Bible, Jesus told us to preach the Gospel. He gave authority to every believer to do this. At the same time He told u s that we should NOT exercise authority one over another among ourselves. He demonstrated a simple plan of apostleship--small groups--everyone can minister--everyone an equal--and the goal was to send groups as God ordained, to preach the Gospel.

Now here we are, having gone through 2,000 years of time, not following the Bible, but rather sticking with Dark Ages tradition--preaching at one another--bound by a tradition in which we exercise authority one over another!

Do we still have to have someone yell at us every week?

I just think that tradition makes us spend too much time yelling at one another, and not enough time yelling the Gospel to the people around us that need to hear it.