Question and Answer.
“Is it wrong for the preacher to preach on selfishness, the authority of the church, sexual conduct (ethics) and money management (stewardship)? Our preacher did this and some were upset and wanted him to quit. They say what he is saying is unscriptural. Should he preach on these topics?”
The apostle Paul told Timothy. . .
“I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths. But you, be sober in all things, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.” (2 Timothy 4:1 – 5; New American Standard Bible)
Anything God has spoken about in His Word is something that any preacher should be willing and eager to preach on. To avoid certain subjects is not helpful and does not obey God. A preacher is to be ready in season or out, that is, when it is convenient to preach the truth and when it is not.
However, sometimes preachers are not heard. . .
This may be the fault of the hearers who don’t like the message. The Pharisees were angry with Jesus, not because He was wrong – but because He was right (Matthew 22:45, 46).
Sometimes preachers are not heard because of the way they preach. Paul tells us to “speak the truth in love” (Ephesians 4:15). It is possible for a preacher to speak the truth in such a way as to negate its power. To be cruel, hateful or personally attack a person in a public forum may accomplish the opposite of what God wants. Too often we forget the tact and tone we should take with others (Colossians 4:5, 6).
Finally, preachers are sometimes not heard because they are preaching their opinion about the Word, and not the Word of God itself. When preachers “preach the word” (and do so in love), they cannot go wrong. Even if the people don’t like it. But if a man chooses to force his opinion on others (about any topic) and hides behind God’s Word to do so, he will not be heard (or at least shouldn’t be).
This places a premium on preachers who study, know and preach what God says (and nothing else). Is it right to preach on the topics you mention? Yes. Is it going to upset some people? Probably. The truth often upsets people; usually the ones guilty in the face of the particular topic. A preacher must be sure to speak only “as one who is speaking the utterances of God” (1 Peter 4:11) and to do so in a way that reflects on the love and compassion of the Son of God.