Sunday, June 26, 2011

Prophets in our Pulpits...

The Church at this moment needs men, the right kind of men, bold men… We languish for men who feel themselves expendable in the warfare of the soul, who cannot be frightened by threats of death because they have already died to the allurements of this world.

Such men will be free from the compulsions that control weaker men. They will not be forced to do things by the squeeze of circumstances; their only compulsion will come from within–or from above.

This kind of freedom is necessary if we are to have prophets in our pulpits again instead of mascots. These free men will serve God and mankind from motives too high to be understood by the rank and file of religious retainers who today shuttle in and out of the sanctuary.

They will make no decisions out of fear, take no course out of a desire to please, accept no service for financial considerations, perform no religious act out of mere custom; nor will they allow themselves to be influenced by the love of publicity or the desire for reputation.
A.W. Tozer, from Of God and Men, 11-13.


Bill Weber said...

Completely agree! Pastors need to expect persecution! This is not my opinion but the expectation of the Word of God:

"Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord, nor of me his prisoner, but share in suffering for the gospel . . . for which I was appointed a preacher and apostle and teacher, which is why I suffer as I do" (2 Tim. 2).

Paul is saying that he suffers precisely because is he is a preacher and teacher of the gospel! He writes to Timothy to join him in such suffering, which will come if he too faithfully preaches and teaches the gospel. It seems to me, then, that ministers who are not enduring at least some insults for Jesus need to go back and see if they are really proclaiming the gospel faithfully!

Ulriche said...

Anyone know of any good books/teachings on whether Christians should defend their families with weapons if necessary?