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Dear Pastors, this Sunday I urge, I challenge you to ask the congregation WHY they are sinners. Now, I don't want you to answer for anyone. Allow feed back...dialogue instead of monologue...or at least with the monologue. I don't know what to tell you if you have 2000 members...maybe split into a more manageable group?
Anyhow, I think you will be surprised by the answers. Many people won't know how to answer.
We have all experienced listening to a sermon where a sports analogy was used to make the point. There is certainly nothing wrong with trying to get a person to understand the point of the Bible by employing something a person can grasp from their everyday life. This is exactly what a parable is; a common truism. The apostle Paul even references "sports" when he compares our faith to a "race" (Acts 20:24, 1 Corinthians 9:24, 2 Timothy 4:7, Hebrews 12:1).
The problem isn't the use of analogies to elucidate the intent of Scripture but rather the problem comes from malformed analogies. For example, a fellow (who claims to be a pastor) has been a continued disputant against my position that he and folks such as Dr. Kenneth Talbot are "sell-outs" and "compromisers" when validate the heresy of hyperpreterismi.
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