Here you see Kurtis, on left, who has been preaching. To the right a ‘heckler’ or someone who is not joyful to see and hear Kurtis preaching.
Why does this happen? Why do people respond to the preaching in a disagreeable manner?
Hebrews 4:12-13 says: 12 For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. 13 And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do.
In other words the authority, purity and power of the Word brings a conviction to the depth of a man’s soul. This results in a response. Often an awkward and irrelevant response meaning a response that is not appropriate or commensurate to what is being said
This conviction demonstrates the blindness and deafness that sin has brought to the soul. Thus the man just says whatever comes to mind first.
In Kurtis’ case he asked Kurtis what his favorite verse was. Instead of approaching Kurtis in a reasonable manner and thereby asking Kurtis to elaborate for his own edification he challenged Kurtis.
Sin has set man against man when we should be at peace with each other. So the sin in the ‘heckler’ and in all ‘hecklers’ leads to an interaction. Hopefully the interaction is profitable to the soul believing on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation.
Ultimately this is why preachers preach so these interactions can occur to the eternal benefit of the hearer of the Word.