What is the Goal of Today’s Preaching?

“Self-salvation is the goal of much of our preaching. In this respect we are heirs of Charles G. Finney,” who thought that conversion was not a miracle but a “purely philosophical [i.e. scientific] result of the right use of the constituted means”

– William Willimon

as quoted by Horton, Michael; Christless Christianity: The Alternative Gospel of the American Church; Baker Books; Grand Rapids, MI; copyright 2008; p. 46