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The Almost Inevitable Ruin Of Every Minister . . . And How To Avoid It

by Don Whitney

1 Timothy 4:15-16 15 Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all. 16 Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.

Almost everyone knows someone who used to be in the ministry. Almost everyone knows someone who shouldn't be in the ministry. And every minister knows another minister—if not several—he does not want to be like.

But the sad news for ministers is, regardless of your age or education or experience, it is almost inevitable that you will become the kind of minister you do not want to be. So I think it's important to address the subject of: the almost inevitable ruin of every minister . . . and how to avoid it.

Once when a Southern Baptist denominational executive was on the Midwestern Seminary campus in the late 1990s, he asserted that statistics show that for every twenty men who enter the ministry, by the time those men reach age sixty-five, only one will still be in the ministry.

Leer más: The Ruin of Ministers

Categoría: Ministry

I read stuff like this and it just makes me angry. It's not what is said in the quote that makes me angry. It's the fact that no one else seems to echo the sentiments of quotes like these. Simply put: no one cares. If they did... they would do something about it.

A.W. Tozer:

Christianity to the average evangelical church member is simply an avenue to a good and pleasant time, with a little biblical devotional material thrown in for good measure! 

I hope I do not live to see the day when God has to turn from men and women who have heard His holy truth and have played with it, fooled with it, and equated it with fun and entertainment and religious nonsense!

The church has become a religious theater where amateur entertainers are paid to amuse those who attend. 

In many churches, Christianity has been watered down until the solution is so weak, that...

  • if it were poison--it would not hurt anyone; and
  • if it were medicine--it would not cure anyone!
Categoría: Apostasy

My Point: The local church pastor is the person primarily responsible for evangelism in his church.

The Problem: Most churches don't evangelize because the majority of pastors refuse to do the work of an evangelist.

There are three mentions of "evangelist" in the Bible:

  • Acts 21.8
  • Ephesians 4.11
  • 2Timothy 4.5

The Evangelist Evangelizes

Acts 21.8And the next day we that were of Paul’s company departed, and came unto Caesarea: and we entered into the house of Philip the evangelist, which was one of the seven; and abode with him. 

Philip, one of the seven original deacons in the church at Jerusalem (Acts 6.5), was an evangelist. Through the example of his life we can see and understand that an evangelist evangelizes:

  • (Acts 8.5) He "preached Christ."
  • (Acts 8.12) He preached "the things concerning the kingdom of God."
  • (Acts 8.35) He "preached unto him Jesus."
  • (Acts 8.40) He "preached in all the cities."

The Evangelist Trains

Ephesians 4.11-12And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: 

The evangelist es also one of the four leaders Christ gave as gifts to the Church for the perfecting of the saints, that the saints might do the work of the ministry that results in the edifying of the body of Christ.

So we can clearly see the will of God (the divine design) in the evangelist.

  • The evangelist is principally a "trainer" of the saints that attend a particular local church. God expects the evangelist to perfect the saints in conjunction (in a team effort) with the apostle (we call them missionaries today), the prophet (we call them preachers), and the pastor-teacher (the senior pastor).
  • The evangelist, therefore, will teach the saints the biblical principles of evangelism.
  • The evangelist will, after that, show the saints a good example of of how to apply those biblical principles of evangelism (he'll take them out with him and show them how he evangelizes).
  • The evangelist will then provide opportunities to the saints to go and evangelize so that they can apply the teaching he gave them and follow the example he showed them.

Remember that all the redeemed (all Christians) are called by God to evangelize. There is no "gift of evangelism" in the Bible. The gift is the evangelist and God gave the evangelist to us as a gift so that we could be trained up and made ready for the work of evangelism that God expects all of us to do.

2Corinthians 5.18-20And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God. 

If you are one of the reconciled, you have been entrusted with the word of reconciliation (the gospel) and God calls you an ambassador for Christ. God expects you to preach this word to those who need reconciliation with God. There is no "gift of evangelism." God called you just like he called me and every other Christian to evangelize. It's not a question of "gifts" but rather of obedience.

The Pastor & the Work of an Evangelist

2Timothy 4.5But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry. 

In the absence of an evangelist in the local church, God has commanded (it is an order from the Lord) the pastor of that church to do the work of an evangelist. That includes everything we have just seen that Bible says is the work of an evangelist:

  • Like Philip the evangelist, the pastor is required to evangelize.
  • Like God stated in Ephesians 4.11-12, the pastor is responsible to teach his congregation how to evangelize biblically. After that he is to provide them with a sound, biblical example of how to evangelize by showing them how to do it. After that he is to provide opportunities for his people to go out and evangelize with him so they can apply the teaching he gave them and follow the example he showed them.

The local church pastor is the person primarily responsible for evangelism in his church.

The Problem: The majority of pastors refuse to do the work of an evangelist. Because of this, most Christians and the Church in general do not evangelize.

Categoría: Evangelism

Religious Entertainment
As you read the following quote by A.W. Tozer, think about the churches that you have been in that have been set up and designed to reflect entertainment centers (theaters, coffee shops, etc.). How many have black ceilings? How many have disco balls hanging from the ceiling? How many have stage lighting? How many have "dramas" and choreographed dancing? How many "sermons" are now "stories," following the current fad of "narrative preaching"? 

The church that can't worship is the church that must be entertained. And "pastors" who refuse to lead a church biblically must provide the "flock" with entertainment. Tozer saw it decades ago. How much more prevalent is it today? I'd say it's not prevalent at all... I'd said it's rampant. And, frankly, it's pathetic. Here's Tozer's quote:

A.W. Tozer

A great company of evangelical churches have already gone over into the area of religious entertainment, so that many churches are tramping on the doorstep of the theater! 

The tragic results of this spirit are all about us:

  • shallow lives,
  • hollow religious philosophies,
  • the preponderance of the element of fun in gospel meetings,
  • the glorification of men,
  • trust in religious externalities,
  • quasi-religious fellowships,
  • salesmanship methods,
  • the mistaking of dynamic personality for the power of the Spirit. 

These and such as these, are the symptoms of an evil disease--a deep and serious malady of the soul.

Religious entertainment has so corrupted the Church, that millions don't know that it's a heresy. Millions of evangelicals throughout the world have devoted themselves to religious entertainment. They don't know that it's as much heresy, as the "counting of beads" or the "splashing of holy water" or something else. To expose this, of course, raises a storm of angry protest among the people.

Isn't there a difference between worship and entertainment? 

The church that can't worship, must be entertained. And men who can't lead a church to worship, must provide the entertainment. That is why we have the great evangelical heresy here today--the heresy of religious entertainment!

Categoría: Apostasy

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