I recently read an article on Christless Preaching, in particular, what the great Charles Spurgeon had to say about it.
My favourite quote listed was as follows:
“Leave Christ out of the preaching and you shall do nothing. Only advertise it all over London, Mr. Baker, that you are making bread without flour; put it in every paper, ‘Bread without flour’ and you may soon shut up your shop, for your customers will hurry off to other tradesmen. … A sermon without Christ as its beginning, middle, and end is a mistake in conception and a crime in execution. However grand the language it will be merely much-ado-about-nothing if Christ be not there. And I mean by Christ not merely his example and the ethical precepts of his teaching, but his atoning blood, his wondrous satisfaction made for human sin, and the grand doctrine of ‘believe and live.’” [10/23/1881; sermon #1625]
To see the whole article, jump over to the venerable Nicholas McDonald at ‘ScribblePreach’, and read his article, Spurgeon on Christless Preaching.