Ezekiel 2:4-5 The Preacher’s Objectives

Ezekiel 2:4-5 (KJV)
For they are impudent children and stiffhearted. I do send thee unto them; and thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD.
And they, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear, (for they are a rebellious house,) yet shall know that there hath been a prophet among them.

The objective of the preacher is always conversion. We are not, as the politician or the debater, interested in presenting our position for points. We preach praying that our message will convince our audience and effect a change in them.

  • We seek to soften the heart
  • We seek to move the soul
  • We seek to quicken the spirit

But we are aware that it doesn’t happen always or even often. The most effective ministries reach but a tiny fraction of those near them.

So the preacher has, as a second objective; faithfulness to the message. He seeks to be so clear that those who are not convinced are left without excuse.

To bring a compromised message will not gain any more converts.  (Though it might, for a time, gain a following.) What a compromised message will do is leave the audience confused as to God’s expectations. Therefore, further into this chapter, God urged the prophet not to be rebellious as the people were rebellious. They needed him to be faithful to the Word even if they would not obey the Word.

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Author: marvinmck

Marvin McKenzie was born in the Pacific Northwest and became a Christian at the age of eighteen. He has been in the Baptist ministry for thirty years and has planted and pastored churches in Washington and Oregon. Besides his pastoral ministry, Marvin has been actively involved in training men for the Baptist ministry. He has conducted local church Bible Institutes in those churches he has pastored, from which a number of men have entered the ministry. Marvin also served as: Vice President of the Western States Baptist Bible Fellowship, The Board of Directors of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA, Dean of men at Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, Executive Vice President of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA and Executive Vice President of Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, OK. Marvin is married to Anita. They have two sons, Bohannan and Caleb. Both are Baptist pastors in Washington State. Marvin enjoys camping, fishing and horses.

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