Materialistic Pastors

prosperity preachersMen who became pastors for a career, or men who turned their pastoral office into a lucrative business enterprise for self-gain are not God-appointed pastors. They are the minions of the devil.

Preachers who preach for money are exploiters, extortionists and racketeers! The Apostle Peter depicted them as those who “. . . through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgement now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not” (2 Peter 2:3). In the words of the Apostle Paul, they are “. . . men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness” (1 Timothy 6:5).

Those materialistic pastors are more concerned about their own affluence and fame than the spiritual well-being of their flock. Of course, they would fiercely disagree with such a charge. They persuade their hearers to believe that their riches and superstar status are all tokens of their godliness and the divine blessings upon them. Just as Peter said, “they with feigned words make merchandise” of their flock.

Christianity is infested with greedy preachers, who take glory in their materialistic, carnal appearance and agendas. They are drunk with the wine of the world. Every one of them appears to be intoxicated with materialism. They are obsessed with amassing material possessions. They flaunt their wealth, and preach the gospel of wealth.prosperity gospel

Sadly, a great number of today’s churchgoers are very contented with such preachers, because either they are materialistic as their preachers are or too naïve to discern the antics of their preachers. These people are least interested in the biblical truth and holiness. They seek mystic, lovey-dovey kind of experience in the worship. When they are served with what their carnal hearts desire, they blindly follow their materialistic pastors. This dreadful phenomenon in Christianity was predicted by the Apostle Paul in 2 Timothy 4:3-4. “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.”

True preachers do not seek a lucrative career; instead they accept a lean life for the sake of preaching and promoting God’s kingdom. Consider the following words of Paul in 1 Corinthians 9:11–15:

11 If we have sown unto you spiritual things, is it a great thing if we shall reap your carnal things? 12 If others be partakers of this power over you, are not we rather? Nevertheless we have not used this power; but suffer all things, lest we should hinder the gospel of Christ. 13 Do ye not know that they which minister about holy things live of the things of the temple? and they which wait at the altar are partakers with the altar? 14 Even so hath the Lord ordained that they which preach the gospel should live of the gospel. 15 But I have used none of these things: neither have I written these things, that it should be so done unto me: for it were better for me to die, than that any man should make my glorying void.

Faithful Preaching is a Gift from God!

peacher 2 jpgTo the unrepentant, worldly hearers, godly and faithful preachers are boring and uninspiring. They would rather have less of the Bible-based preaching. They prefer less confrontational sermons that would not challenge or upset their worldly lifestyle. So they fancy a preacher who is accommodative of worldliness and less passionate about holiness.

The honour of the office of a preacher is not that people would appreciate it, but that it is appointed by God and adorned by His eternal truth, wisdom, righteousness,  grace, power, redemption and glory.

There is no profession as glorious as preaching. It was made glorious by the Son of God and His apostles. They gave themselves wholly to the preaching of God’s Word.

A preacher is called to be God’s mouth-piece everyday on earth. They speak forth as God’s ambassadors on earth. A minister of the Word is a minister of God on earth.

The preacher, his office, his message and his duty might be things of man’s derision; but they are indeed the Lord’s delight and glory. He appoints and nurtures them. He empowers them by His Spirit that they might fulfill their duty.

The absence of spirit-filled, Bible-oriented preaching is a disaster, worse than the lack of bread and water.

To the godly hearers, good and faithful preachers are a great delight and the major subject of thanksgiving and prayer.

Why “Barking Dog”?

barking dogSeveral friends asked me why I use “barking dog” as my nickname for my profile in the Facebook, MSN, etc.

Just as the profile picture suggests, the idea is taken from Ecclesiastes 9:4 and Isaiah 56:10-11.

God expects pastors to be the barking dogs of their churches. They must bark at every strange, unbiblical doctrine and practice that enter God’s house.

God contemptuously calls some pastors “greedy dogs!” These are pastors who do not sound out warnings against sin and falsehood. These men are greedy men who care more for their own selves than the souls of men under their charge. They let men perish in their sins.

I am a preacher, by the will of God; and I pray that nothing deters or hinders me from this great honour that He has placed upon me. I count it my greatest honour to declare God’s truth to warn His people against everything that lures them away from His glorious truth and holiness. Nothing is more important to me than fulfilling my God-given duty to warn people against sin and error that they may walk in His grace and truth.  So help me God.