Application, Not Aiming At

“It is never judicious to make an application to any particular individual, and very rarely to a small and well-defined class. What is popularly called ‘hitting at’ some person or few persons will almost always do more harm than good” (Broadus, Preparation and Delivery, p. 231).

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4 comments on “Application, Not Aiming At

  1. The flip side of “almost always” would include sermons like John’s to Herod or Ezekiel’s to the elders of Israel. 

  2. Spurgeon called out a cobbler for having worked on the Sabbath and thus sold hold soul for a 4pence profit? 

  3. Trying again:  Spurgeon called out a cobbler for having worked on the Sabbath and thus sold his soul for the 4pence profit his work brought him??

  4. Mr. Wilson: But aren’t there specific groups you target from the pulpit in your own congregation? I’ve heard you castigate the “young people” and their movie habits, or the crankiness of parents. Right?

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