This is just a little twist. God states in Romans 8:28, "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose." At minute 17, this preacher disagrees with God on this issue.
One might argue that this is a small point, not that big of a deal. But, it IS a big deal and I'll tell you why. If this preacher disagrees with God on this point, what other points does he disagree with God on? When God makes a statement, we don't get to disagree with Him. If God says that all things work together for good, then all things work together for good whether we see the good or not. This is faith in Who God is. This is faith that God is Who He says He is.
Disagreeing with God from the pulpit is the perfect way to plant doubt in the minds of the people listening. One little doubt has huge consequences. The serpent fed Eve a little doubt....just a little statement, "You shall not surely die....." as though the idea is totally ludicrous. And Eve took the seed of doubt.
You might think I'm being hard on this preacher. I don't think so. The handling of the Word of God is not to be taken lightly. God manifests His Word through preaching. Preachers have the responsibility of presenting God's entire Word as faithful and true. This preacher is a doubter and has fed his doubt to his people.
I have issues with a number of other things in this sermon, like his portrayal of God's foreknowledge and predestination and his thoughts on man's perceived free will. But, I wanted to focus on this one little twist today and draw attention to it.
Really listen to preachers. Weigh what they teach and preach. Compare their words to Scripture and make sure they measure up. Make 2012 your year to be like the Berean people of whom, in Acts 17:11, it is recorded that they not only listened with eagerness to the messages, they also searched the Scriptures daily to make sure what Paul taught was the truth. This is a responsibility we all have the opportunity to practice. You might be surprised at how much doubt is being planted once you start practicing this.
They searched the Scriptures DAILY. That's how committed they were to the purity of the preaching.