The purpose of this research paper is to make a study of prophet Amos’s "social justice" message in comparison with the content and form of contemporary American Pastor William Sloane Coffin Jr.’s "prophetic preaching". I found that today's prophetic preaching has been misunderstood and misinterpreted. The current thought emphasis have been on future predictions or political and social crisis issues. This is a complete misunderstanding of the old testament prophets intentions - the purpose and function of God's word preaching have been ignored. The development of the prophetic preaching of the American contemporary preaching theory today are based on two mainstream 20th century thoughts, namely black prophetic preaching and white prophetic preaching. This kind of preaching emerged and evolved during the social development of that specific period.
I hope through the comparison analysis of 8th century prophet Amos’s "social justice" message and structure with 20th century American Pastor Coffin - their similarities or differences - their purpose, feature, and functionality of each will emerge. I hope the results of this research will (a) of help to the Chinese Christian society; (b) of help to the pastoral sermon preparation in regard to prophetic preaching; (c) to allow today Chinese Christian churches in Malaysia to assess the suitability of prophetic preaching in their context, and hopefully to inspire the audience to lead transformational lives – to repent and bring fruitful effect of the Gospel to light.