I just heard a pastor say how practical Biblical teaching is this: “this is what the Bible says, here is what it means and this is what you should do about it”.
Basically he said, “HOW we apply WHAT the word of God says and means is up to WHAT our Pastor tells us we should do.”
Something in my spirit didn’t receive this very well so here are my questions: (the context of my questions is in relationship to positive commandments)
While much of the word of God is very explicit on WHAT to do, (ie. don’t murder) much of the word of God is not explicit. (ie. store up for yourselves treasures in Heaven)
Is it that pastor’s responsibility to spell out explicitly how people should apply the word of God when it comes to positive commandments? Could this be considered legalistic?
Is this how God wants the body of Christ to work when it comes to application of WHAT the word of God says and means?
Is the power of the word of God in what man tells me I should do about it or what God tells me I should do about it?
Do spiritually immature people or ALL people need to be told WHAT they should do or how to apply the word of God when it comes to positive commandments?
Should ANYONE be told by someone else HOW they should apply or WHAT they should do about WHAT the word of God says?
In other words, is it up to man to connect the dots for other humans or is this God’s responsibility through the Holy Spirit?
If a pastor does not tell someone HOW they should apply WHAT the word of God says, are they less competent or effective? Is their preaching not practical?
Should any man desire or take the responsibility for what another man does based upon what they tell another man what the word of God says and means?
In the sermon on the mount, Matt. 5-7, Jesus spoke of many negative AND positive commandments. He simply spoke BOTH of them and did not proceed with preaching application.