For we are not, as so many, peddling the word of God; but as of sincerity, but as from God; we speak in the sight of God in Christ. 2 Corinthians 2:17
Paul preached Christ’s gospel. All else that happened was in the wake of that. He preached Him crucified — died for our sins, rose for our new life. Paul pointed out sin for repentance sake and encouraged godly living. He had a low view of peddling, or “adulterating for gain,” God’s word.
When a preacher preaches about Jesus and all the “good stuff” but not about obeying Jesus (His first command was to “repent…”) or when he baptizes but fails to ask if the person has repented, he is peddling the word of God. And it cooks my grits! The whole gospel needs to be preached and not just the ooey-gooey feel good parts.
Lord, raise up men of God that will preach Your gospel. Stop the peddling of Your word…