Two Famous Preachers
Many years ago, there was a fiery preacher who garnered quite a following. His methods were different from his contemporaries, and his message was clearly different also. As his popularity increased, many began to talk about him. He was different. He would only wear certain kinds of clothing. He would not eat or drink certain foods. He would not associate with certain types of people. Some even called him an isolationist. But no one doubted his abilities. Some even said that he was the greatest preacher of his time.
Not long after his arrival on the lanscape, another preacher showed up. He was different also. He wasn’t like his contemporaries, but he also differed from the first great preacher. He was not an isolationist and he did eat and drink with all sorts of people. Many thought that he discredited his own ministry with the company he kept. But others still followed his teachings. The first preacher’s crowd was great, but this second man had even more that followed him.
Now I know that it’s a “fundamentalist thing” to look at numbers exclusively, but it’s also evident that God’s hand was upon both preachers’ ministries. So as a “young fundamentalist,” I wonder, after whom should I pattern my ministry?
For John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine; and ye say, He hath a devil. The Son of man is come eating and drinking; and ye say, Behold a gluttonous man, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners!