Q: When the minister, or his style, becomes the substance what happens to the Word & Christ.
A: Usually the minister will speak about stuff & go outside of, or beyond what the text is really saying. He may introduce all kinds of examples but in doing so creates confusion rather than a clear focus on the Word or what the text is really saying.
For instance, the claim may be made that giving away second hand clothing is not an act of love when it really is. Just because you don’t give away your best garments doesn’t mean you do not love God or your neighbour in a genuinely true sense that brings honour & praise to God.
Some denominations are also very rich with big investment portfolios & have very generous entitlements for ministers but the congregation are expected to make do with what they have. Not exactly an Acts scenario& that is not to say that technically it isn’t all above board (with several justifications) but nevertheless things can get out of touch & disproportionate.
Love God, love the Word & love your minister & seek to be truthful in all things.
Col 3:16 Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.