Can Milk Do A Body Bad?

Hebrews 5:11-14


11 About this we have much to say, and it is hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing. 12 For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food, 13 for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child. 14 But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.

Alistair Begg delivers an incredible sermon on the problem of spiritual infancy in the church. He warns the New Testament Church to not be comprised of men and women who expect to be bottle fed their milk and not desiring to advance to spiritual “steaks”.

I love the comparison he uses. I am paraphrasing what he said. For the whole comparison verbatim and the first half of the sermon follow the link.

“…He makes the comparison of a Mom feeding her baby to the Pastor feeding his congregation. After a while the baby makes the decision that he doesn’t like his green beans. So, to get the baby to eat his food mommy has to make some airplane noises and fly the spoon around like an airplane. The mommy has to produce some type of theatrics just to get the baby to take the basic nourishments it needs…”

So Alistair Begg relates it to the Church.

“…We wonder why the Church today is filled with theatrics and extra paraphernalia. But when you look out at the congregation they are a bunch of spiritual babies. The pastor realizes they need their spiritual nourishment to grow. Yet all he sees are spiritual babies that should be mature spiritual steak eaters. Like the mommy who then has to produce airplane noises to get the green beans down the babies throat the pastor whips up a bunch of extra nonsense making his “airplane” noises so he can spoon feed the babies. To our shame all we end up with are grown men and women who come to church on Sunday, suckle on their bottles for an hour or two, then starve for the rest of the week because there is no one there to spoon feed and make the bottle for them. That is until next Sunday…”

Here is the first part of the sermon from the Truth For Life podcast:

Slowing Or Growing, Part A

Sorry. You will have to either use Windows Media Player or Realplayer and follow the links on their website. I will try to work out a way to listen to the file directly from the blog if possible.

  1. Hey John, awesome post. I know that I “grew up” in church without ever really starting to mature until I got to college. Sadly, most Christians go their entire lives without leaving the bottle. I want to make it my life mission to help put an end to (CSI) Chronic Spiritual Infantilism.

    I’ve just recently started getting into Begg. I haven’t listened to many of his sermons but I did read his book called “Pathway to Freedom”. It’s awesome.

    I’ve added you to my list of links on my blog (i’m not sure why you weren’t there before now) so you should be receiving an extra 1.3 hits per month via my blog.

  2. Caleb,

    Thank you for:
    1. Being the first to reply to the new blog.
    2. Adding me to your blogroll. Finally.
    3. Seeing the need to put a stop to the blight that is CSI.

    I highly recommend to you the preaching of Alistair Begg. I am able to listen to his podcast (Truth For Life) at work. It flows a lot in the vein of John Piper’s podcast taking sermons preached and breaking them down in 25 minute-ish segments. He has incredible expository preaching, deep biblical insight, and a wicked Scottish accent. Yes please.

  1. August 30th, 2007

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