Christian Post carried the latest teaching from Purpose Driven Pope Rick Warren on how to prep flavorful i.e. popular infomercial gospel sermons. Warren writes:

When you cook a meal, the flavoring is not the meat, but it sure makes the meat taste better. The same is true for your sermons.

Chuck Swindoll says: “If you think that the gathering of biblical facts and standing up with a Bible in your hand will automatically equip you to communicate well, you are deeply mistaken. You must work at being interesting. Boredom is a gross violation. Being dull is a grave offense. Irrelevance is a disgrace to the Gospel. Too often these three crimes go unpunished and we preachers are the criminals.”

After I have the basic sermon down, I try to flavor it with three things… (Online source)

These three innovations from Warren are “illustrations,” “humor” and the seeker friendly and all *ahem* purpose “special features.” However, Protestant Pope Rick Warren left out the most important piece of his Purpose Driven pie–tickling itching ears aka “Tell the people what they want to hear!” Here’s a couple of his classics:

“I have known many people who believe in the Messiah of Jesus, regardless of what religion they are, because they believe in him. It’s about a relationship, not a religion.”

I happen to know people who are followers of Christ in other religions.” (Online source)

O yeah sure; very flavorful stuff and people just eat that kind of thing right up. And as a matter of fact God Himself even spoke about this when He was talking about people’s ears! Here look – and [people] will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths (2 Timothy 4:4).