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…