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R-Rated: The Importance of Preaching R-Rated Texts

Preaching the R-Rated texts helps us preach the whole Bible.

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Matthew Woodley

July 28, 2015  3:30pm

Dear Anonymous "*" Guy: Thanks for the comment. We appreciate the feedback. We intentionally made Dr. Moore's article limited in scope. We weren't trying to take into account the "moral culture of the OT context" as it relates to preaching what we've dubbed "R-rated" texts. We hope some of the other articles in our series start to delve into that matter. Dr. Moore's short article was primarily a primer for WHY we should preach on these texts, not an exhaustive cultural background analysis with detailed instructions for how to preach on all of those texts. For that, I would recommend Paul Copan's book Is God a Moral Monster? or God Behaving Badly by David T. Lamb. Matt Woodley, Editor, PreachingToday.com

RAMON Osorio

July 28, 2015  8:57am

I like that Dr. Moore did not deal with specific R rated texts (great idea for a book), but instead he gave us a solid and clear hermeneutical principle to use as we come face to face with those texts.

Donald R Clamser Sr

July 27, 2015  7:25pm

If we dont explain it so they understand it while they are young then when they get older they may not accept the truth. The important thing that they need to remember that Christ died for their sins and believe it and the sins of everyone.

David Savage

July 27, 2015  5:50pm

I agree with the author that we cannot just select only the sweet passages on the Bible to read, preach and digest. Sometimes it is a matter of timing which is to say that some people are not yet ready for the whole truth. However, we must as teachers bring our brothers and sisters to a point where they can see and feel clearly that God's approach has a purpose that is often transcending to our understanding and where we are at a point where we can accept the teaching as God's will. The people have to know what is to follow before they can accept the hard truth of God's way. This takes time, perseverance and loving leading. Selective? Yes - only in timing. As Paul says when we were babies we were fed baby food, but as we grow in the word, we are able to take and understand the whole hard truth. We can then take it, chew on it and feed on it knowing that it is God's word and truth and we can be thankful that from our side of the cross, we can see the purpose and result in Christ

Pastor john tronconi

July 27, 2015  11:54am

Are whole message should be the cross u are right we csn sweeten it up and make it sounds like candy and ice cream but the matter is sweep on the carpet. we need to hit the hard topics right on. showing we have Jesus has the answer to us. We need to take a moral stand on certain hard topics.Jesus preach hard truths we need to convict and bring to the cross were a loving savior cares for them this is the Holy Spirit job.

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