There was a time when ministry was about reaching souls. Reaching souls, snatching them out of the hands of the adversary. There use to be a time when preaching was with conviction. Ministry was not something that was played with. And, no one was running to be a preacher. It was a called out job. One that only the Lord filled with those He called. But now, things have changed.
It seems far too many see preaching/pastoring as a position to seek after. The only problem is the reason for seeking is not the Lord. It is for position and power. When this is done, I wonder if the person seeking realizes there is a price to pay for what comes out of their mouth and for the way they live? In addition, if the Lord does not call a person to preach, the Lord will not be the head of that ministry.
My heart and soul aches for the the misuse of the ministry that is going on today. I have nothing to boast or brag about being in ministry. I realize the seriousness of being a mouth piece for the Lord. Ministry is sacrificing. It brings pain at times, but it can bring joy and fulfillment too. Being in ministry can only occur if the Lord calls you. Going to school to be a preacher does not mean God called you. One has to always remember, the letter killeth but the Spirit gives life.
If so many that are proclaiming to be preachers and ministers would be honest (for one day they will have to be), God did not really call them.
Look at the fall away. Why are so m any allowing things to go on in the church that the Bible does not support? Why are women cutting their hair, wearing pants and makeup? Why are the youth only interested in a praise and not Holiness? What is being taught to the children concerning the Holy, righteous ways of the Lord? The Bible teaches the father is to raise his children up in the fear and admonition of the Lord. The Bible teaches that children are to be taught the ways of the Lord when they are walking, sitting, etc. In other words, in all things, children are to be taught God's way.
God requires holiness. Nothing else will do. Why then are so many bringing the world into the Church? God said to follow peace with all men and holiness without which no man shall see the Lord. God said, be ye holy for i am holy.
Holiness is one being set apart for the Lords use. The Bible says after conversion and being filled with the Holy Ghost, a person becomes a witness. What is the witnesss of most that are saying they are preachers/pastors of the Gospel?
Anyone with any age on them knows, that when you went to church back in the day., you did not take the world with you. And, you sure did not sing in the choir or do any kind of service in the church. Why is it being allowed now?
When you know the truth, fear/reverence comes. God says he is angry with the wicked everyday.