I listen to a lot of different radio teachers when I’m in the car. I’ve noticed the one thing the really popular radio teachers have in common is ‘relevance’—they have learned how to speak to what-we-call people’s ‘felt needs.’ This is a buzz word from the 80’s, when psychology began driving church programs and when seeker-sensitivity became the new ethic.
Anyone who has read one of the many “church growth” books on the market today knows that one of the fundamental tenets of a seeker sensitive church is a "relevant” Sunday morning message. But I fear this emphasis on ‘relevance’ is doing harm to the teaching of sound doctrine. “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but … they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears” (2 Timothy 4:3). Where ‘felt needs’ and relevance become the guiding principle behind the church’s pulpit and programs, does it not imply that the Bible has little to say about current issues?
Zac Poonen says “There is not a single situation that you can ever face in life for which the solution is not found somewhere in the Bible. The answer will always be there in the experience of some Biblical character that parallels your own, or in some teaching of Scripture.” Leonard Ravenhill said: "The Bible is either absolute, or it's obsolete."