The Miracle of Belief

My speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom . . . ―1 Corinthians 2:4

In My Utmost for His Highest Oswald Chambers wrote:
“Paul was a scholar and an orator of the highest degree; he was not speaking here out of a deep sense of humility, but was saying that when he preached the gospel, he would veil the power of God if he impressed people with the excellency of his speech. Belief in Jesus is a miracle produced only by the effectiveness of redemption, not by impressive speech, nor by wooing and persuading, but only by the sheer unaided power of God. The creative power of redemption comes through the preaching of the gospel, but never because of the personality of the preacher.”

Preachers of old, along the lines of Whitefield, Spurgeon, and Wesley, some of the greatest of the past few centuries, took this very literally. Most often their sermons were written out word-for-word and delivered in a monotone voice. The results of what our generation would likely call boring presentation? Huge revivals with untold numbers being saved. Most assuredly the message not the messenger is what holds the key to salvation.