I have great respect for preachers, missionaries, teachers and anyone else who is involved in the great work of helping people know God more fully. For many years some of my dearest friends were and have been preachers and pastors. Beautiful indeed are the feet of those who tell the good news about Jesus. (Romans 10:15)
Please don’t claim to be a “gospel preacher” if you don’t make a habit of actually preaching the gospel. Today I looked at the web homes of a guy whose claim is that he is a gospel preacher in the Lord’s Church. I looked at the “tag cloud” ( that is the subjects written about on a blog) on one of his blog sites and not one topic on “Jesus”, not one on “Christ”. Oh there were plenty on such topics as “baptism”, “denominations”, “the church” and others. You would think that a fellow who claims to be a “gospel preacher” could cram at least one post in on Jesus and the gospel.
You can preach good things for 40 years but don’t call yourself a “gospel preacher” or “minister of the gospel” if you don’t preach about Christ and what He accomplished for sinners by his holy living, sacrificial dying, and victorious resurrection. It is wrong to claim you are who you are not and do so in the name of the Lord Jesus.
Get familiar with the person of the gospel and major in him and his accomplishments for sinners and you will have plenty to talk about. I fear there will be many men who will be very disappointed to learn too late that God is not pleased with a phony.