Then and Now; The Messenger

I heard an elderly man say a number of years ago that every day is a good day. If you don’t believe it try missing one. It didn’t take long for me to realize what he meant. There is only one alternative to living and that is dying. So today was a good day. No, it was a great day! When you get to start the day with a group of men who love the Lord and are willing to open up and share with each other the burdens on their heart, it just doesn’t get any better than that. I am so thankful for the weekly bible study we have because it is such an encouragement for me. Thanks to all of you who participate and may God richly bless each of you.

This week as we begin to take a look at the “Christian” world we live in today, I believe a good starting point would be see what has happened to the role of the pastor, preacher, teacher, evangelist, etc., for he is God’s messenger. First of all, please note that I said he. It seems to be becoming more and more acceptable for a woman to serve in that position (pastor) and I cannot find a scriptural basis for it anywhere in God’s Word. Mind you, there is an important role that a woman plays in God’s design for His church, but it certainly is not to be in a leadership position over the men.

The second point I would like to make is how it has become a full-time paid position in a church. As a matter of fact, there are so many paid positions in many churches today that they have really turned into a business, with a large payroll, insurance, retirement, vacation pay, holiday pay and on and on and on. No wonder there are so many men who pursue it as a career not a calling by God. It has become financially lucrative if they can land at a large church with plenty of money from folks who mostly want to feel good about themselves, not see focused on seeing the kingdom of God be advanced. I know I sound a bit negative but if you stop and think about it, there is a lot of truth in what I’ve said. I remember a time when the pastor of a church was paid out of the Sunday offering a certain percentage and most of the time it was hardly enough for gas money. Preachers who were called by God would be preaching whether they got paid for it or not. Sometimes even, their pay may have been a gallon of fresh milk or a dozen eggs or a chicken. Yes, I realize that we live in a much more prosperous time but I think you get the idea. God’s messenger then were much different from what we see now. They would always rely on a word from God to share as the message instead of some canned sermon. Very seldom did they use notes and the truth of the matter is many of them could read or write. They would have their wife or someone read the Word to them and let the Holy Spirit take it from their. But that was then and this is now. Which do you prefer? I long to see a revival that brings folks back to the days when Christianity was real in the life of the church and the pastor. Gimme that old-time religion is fast becoming my theme song. I pray that the revival begins with me!!!

Next week we will shift to the message and how it has been changed to suit man’s own interests. I hope you stick with me and please feel free to offer any comments whether pro or con.

God bless each of you.

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