Preaching On Controversial Topics
By: John Stott

“How can we help church members to think Christianly about a particular topic of debate? It seems that we have a fourfold duty.

“First we must expound with courage, clarity and conviction the biblical principle or principles which are involved, and those aspects of the subject on which God has plainly revealed his will.

“Secondly, we should seek to summarize fairly the alternative application which biblical Christians have made, and the arguments they have used to buttress their conclusions.

“Thirdly, we should feel free, if we judge it wise, to indicate which position we hold and why.

“And fourthly, we should leave the congregation free, after grasping the principles we have taught and weighing the issues we have sketched, to make up their own minds.”

John Stott