On the Responsibility for the Scarcity of Preaching

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From the book, Preaching Another Christ: An Orthodox View of Evangelicalism

by St. Theophan the Recluse 

I agree with you that the priests must speak with the faithful more often and converse with them both inside and outside the church. I do not agree, though, that, if this does not happen, the parishioners lack spiritual food. But even in that case, if I had to blame someone, I would blame the flock more than the pastors! For, which priest would overlook his parishioners’ quest for additional and more specialized teaching? You yourselves avoid the priests and, if you happen to meet one, you do not ask him about matters of the faith. This is why they also do not address such subjects and avoid teaching you in church, lest they become burdensome and alienate you.

I am not justifying the priests who do not teach and preach. It is their duty to be burning with divine aspirations and talk to the faithful, while the duty of the faithful is to eagerly embrace the teaching. I am only pointing out that you also bear responsibility for the scarcity of preaching.

(Preaching Another Christ: An Orthodox View of Evangelicalism, p. 41)

 

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On the Responsibility for the Scarcity of Preaching

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