This was originally a thought jotted down for myself. I thought I’d share it. It is not tempered, nor is there any effort to take into account mitigating factors. It was written for me, and I haven’t edited it.
Here it is:
Modern preachers repeat and plead, repeat and plead. They know they are talking to those that are not disciples. They have to plead and grab attention so that the person in the pew might consider what they have to say. They have to repeat their points, use many illustrations, and do everything they can to drive their lesson into the memory of the hearer (and to make sure it’s interesting).
Why? Because their hearers are not taking notes. Their hearers are not going to jot down beneficial spiritual truths and meditate upon them at home.
The clean are those who chew the cud and walk carefully upon the way. Those who take notes and consider what they are taught, they are the clean because they chew the cud. Those who apply these things to their lives and thus become wise, they are those who part the hoof.