If there is any other passage of the Bible that should be highlighted and read again and again by modern preachers (especially those who are hungry for greater things and are influenced by successful ministries of all varieties and denominations), then this is it:
1. I solemnly urge you in the presence of God and Christ Jesus, who will someday judge the living and the dead when he appears to set up his Kingdom:
2 Preach the word of God. Be prepared, whether the time is favorable or not. Patiently correct, rebuke, and encourage your people with good teaching.
3 For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear.
4 They will reject the truth and chase after myths.
5 But you should keep a clear mind in every situation. Don’t be afraid of suffering for the Lord. Work at telling others the Good News, and fully carry out the ministry God has given you.
6 As for me, my life has already been poured out as an offering to God. The time of my death is near.
7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful.
8 And now the prize awaits me—the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give me on the day of his return. And the prize is not just for me but for all who eagerly look forward to his appearing.
2 Timothy 4:1-8 (NLT)
Fellow ministers, in our desire to acquire the best in resources and inspiration, let us maintain a healthy filter. Remember that there is a way that seems right to a man, but ends in death (Proverbs 14:12). Do not be swayed by those who have become malleable to the desires and teachings of modern culture.
The Word, in its entirety, is our guide. In our quest for relevance in a shifting world, let us band together in Truth, and preach it like eternity depends on it.