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The English word preacher is derived from the Latin word predicare, meaning one who declares in public (it should be kept in mind that English originated from the same source as German, and only made use of, or rather was adulterated by, some Latin/Roman words; also, Latin is not a Biblical language as some have been misled to think - the Bible was written mostly in Hebrew, Greek and Aramaic). The original Greek word of the New Testament translated as "preacher" is (pronounced) cay-roo-so; it means a herald, someone who publicly ("publish" means public) proclaims divine truth, based solely on the Word of God.

"Jesus went about all the cities and villages ... preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom"

Although salvation is available to everyone, everywhere, it is only possible through Jesus Christ, the one and only true Messiah. Jesus Christ himself warned that the "many different roads to the same place" philosophy applies to the lake of fire, not to salvation i.e. "Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction" (Matthew 7:13 KJV).

Holy Bible Even some of those who declare themselves to be Christian still have not found the way to salvation if they don't base their "Christianity" on what Christ actually taught! Again, Jesus Christ himself warned "Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of My Father which is in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Thy Name? And in Thy Name have cast out devils? And in Thy Name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from Me, ye that work iniquity" (Matthew 7:21-23 KJV). That warning may well include many of the big-name "Christian" leaders of the past, and present, who did many great things in Christ's Name, but not in Christ's Truth.

The purpose of a "preacher" may be summed up by:

"For whosoever shall call upon The Name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? As it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!" (Romans 10:13-15 KJV)

John the Baptist (see also John's Last Days) was a preacher who was sent with specific instructions about who and what to preach.

"In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." (Matthew 3:1-2 KJV)

"And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water [see also The Origin of Baptism], the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost. And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God." (John 1:33-34 KJV)

Even Jesus Christ was a preacher who was sent to deliver a specific message, "the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself":

"And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom [see also The King Of The King Of Kings], and healing every sickness and every disease among the people." (Matthew 9:35 KJV)

"Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak unto you I speak not of Myself: but the Father that dwelleth in Me, He doeth the works." (John 14:10 KJV)

The apostle Paul (see also Paul's Ministry), and all true preachers of the Gospel ever since, preached the same God-given Gospel message. To preach any other "gospel" is an "accursed" offense in the eyes of God.

"But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed." (Galatians 1:8 KJV)

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