I’m just not being fed here anymore!

It's been a while since I've heard this one, but I've heard it – "I'm just not being fed here." I've heard it said about topical preachers, expository preachers, series driven preachers, all preachers! It typically comes from someone who really does love Jesus, but they are mixed up on their issue.

Follow me on this…I remember someone saying that to me about their pastor years ago, so I spent some time listening to their pastor online. Their pastor preached the Bible. In fact, their pastor did a very good job of presenting the Scripture in each one of these messages. How can someone sit in this guy's church and not feel like they are being fed?

I'll tell you why…because they are offended. At some point in their interaction with that pastor, something was done (or not done) that offended the starving church attender. Something was said, a decision was made, and the starving church attender thought it was the stupidest thing they could have done, and maybe even vented their feelings, but they just couldn't get past it. The next thing you know, the enemy has helped them setup an imaginary wall between them and the pastor. The pastor could preach deeper than the ocean, and livelier than the front row of a Beatles concert, but the attender cannot receive it b/c they have allowed some sort of offense to build up between them and their pastor.

I've experienced this several times over the past 12 years at Pathway. The craziest thing is to see how I can go years getting nothing but praise for a message series or individual message from a person, but then quicker than a cat in a room full of rocking chairs, the same person has tagged me as the most shallow preacher they've ever heard…they are now completely unable to grow under such shallow preaching.

Let me encourage you to be on your guard any time anyone tells you they just aren't being fed at their church anymore. Or worse yet, I pray alarms start going off the moment you feel you aren't being fed! My guess is it has very little to do with shallow preaching, but everything to do with offense!

Philippians 1:9-10 (NKJV) 9And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment, 10that you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ…

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5 comments on “I’m just not being fed here anymore!
  1. Vicky Grafton says:

    pastor Scott, just read ( not getin fed) I belive that to be sooo true!! as one who is always in the pew but here others comments or thoughts, one never seems to be very far from an offence! keep preaching the Word & His Truths!! be blessed

  2. Kendall Reavis says:

    good stuff pastor scott… appreciate your gentle honesty

  3. Mary Caton says:

    If you are a baby maybe you still need to be fed,but if you are a mature Christian you must feed yourself. I’ve never known someone hungry to go away from a table filled with the meat of the word.still empty.Feed yourselves!

  4. Luke says:

    Greetings Pastor Scott,

    I have a couple comments on your post. I hope you find them edifying. At least that is my aim.

    You seem to think that all preachers everywhere are 100% sanctified.

    Isn’t it possible that one isn’t being feed because the preacher isn’t feeding him. Couldn’t it be possible in a fallen world that the preacher is either 1) not being faithful the text, or 2) his exegesis is so abhorrent that even the Devil flocks to his sermons?

    Yes, I agree that one’s offense can blind one to everything. But you seem to neglect the fact that preachers aren’t always perfect and can thus, at times, not be feeding and shepherding their flock.

    I would suggest that you show more humility, Pastor Scott. The next time someone comes to you and tells you that they aren’t being feed. I think you should give them the benefit of the doubt because maybe they’re right. Ask them specifics. Ask the church elders and leaders. Do this in trying to be the most faithful preacher that you know how to be. Because maybe your sermons haven’t been leading them to the cross or to hoping in the gospel alone, etc. As John the Baptist declares, “He [Jesus] must increase, but I must decrease” (John 3:30).

    I encourage you to read up on these books on humility. Recommended by Tim Challies: http://www.challies.com/resources/pride-humility

    Sincerely,

    -Luke

  5. Scott Miller says:

    Hey Luke…thanks for reading my blog! You are exactly right – there are a few preachers/pastors who are not feeding their flock, and this is not good!

    I wrote this out of my own experience from several years ago, and actually did submit these comments to not only the Holy Spirit, but our Elders and leaders. The strange thing was how one of the Elders would suggest the very thing that keeps them at our church is the Biblical preaching, while someone else in the church is ‘not getting fed.’

    Thanks again for your comment…

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