WHY I DO IT
Someone asked: “Why do you post articles for the general public to read that address what is good and bad about preaching and the ministry in general. Isn’t this something that should be for the eyes of preachers only?” Answer: I do this precisely because what constitutes truly biblical ministry and preaching is something that every Christian especially needs to understand. It’s their duty to understand it; to know what is and what isn’t acceptable in God’s mind regarding ministry and therefore either helpful or hurtful to them and theirs.
We live in times when people are less discerning and dutiful regarding the Gospel ministry than they have ever been. Consequently more pastorates and pulpits are occupied with unqualified men who are unable at best provide anything richer, deeper or long-lasting than that which the flesh can produce. And consequently the lives of individual Christians and churches are stunted and very often shipwrecked. So, it is vitally important that men or ministries that are not Scriptural be identified and rejected, removed, replaced accordingly.
People want to be as informed as possible about the qualifications, track records, etc. of lawyers and doctors before they turn their legal affairs or their physical welfare over to them They aren’t the least hesitant or undetermined to terminate relations with an attorney or physician who fails in what is rightfully expected of him, without any personal animosity, etc. involved whatsoever. This is all only reasonable.
What is reasonable and needful relative to the material, secular and physical is immeasurably more reasonable and needful relative to those entrusted with spiritual ministry to ourselves, our families our brethren and those we want to be saved and then discipled. We live in times when Christians, unwilling to settle for or accept substandard from their proverbial butcher, baker or candlestick maker do it with eyes wide open where pastors and other preachers are concerned. Besides being absurdly nonsensical and disastrous in the short-to-long run, this is blatantly sinful.
There are men and ministries that are clearly in alignment with the qualifications and standards set forth in the Bible for them. These need to be recognized and held in high esteem (1 Thess. 5:12, 13).There are other’s that couldn’t pass a “smell test” based on Scripture. Counterfeits are best recognized and most quickly identified by those who are the most familiar with the real thing. This is why I write articles like this, in the spirit of 2 Pet. 1:12, 13:
“Wherefore I will not be negligent to put you always in remembrance of these things, though ye know them, and be established in the present truth. Yea, I think it meet, as long as I am in this tabernacle, to stir you up by putting you in remembrance.” (Please visit and consider subscribing to: thatwemayknow.com).