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Why Pastors Quit

Why Pastors Quit

Below are some sad stats on why pastors quit their calling.  This has become almost epidemic today.  What happened to the men of God?  And what happened to the churches they were to lead?  Shame on us all.

Hours and Pay

  • 90% of the pastors report working between 55 to 75 hours per week.
  • 50% feel unable to meet the demands of the job.
  • 70% of pastors feel grossly underpaid.

Training and Preparedness

  • 90% feel they are inadequately trained to cope with the ministry demands.
  • 90% of pastors said the ministry was completely different than what they thought it would be like before they entered the ministry.

Health and Well-Being

  • 70% of pastors constantly fight depression.
  • 50% of pastors feel so discouraged that they would leave the ministry if they could, but have no other way of making a living.

Marriage and Family

  • 80% believe pastoral ministry has negatively affected their families.
  • 80% of spouses feel the pastor is overworked.
  • 80% spouses feel left out and under-appreciated by church members.

Church Relationships

  • 70% do not have someone they consider a close friend.
  • 40% report serious conflict with a parishioner at least once a month.
  • #1 reason pastors leave the ministry — Church people are not willing to go the same direction and goal of the pastor. Pastors believe God wants them to go in one direction but the people are not willing to follow or change.

Longevity

  • 50% of the ministers starting out will not last 5 years.
  • 1 out of every 10 ministers will actually retire as a minister in some form.
  • 4,000 new churches begin each year and 7,000 churches close.
  • Over 1,700 pastors left the ministry every month last year.
  • Over 1,300 pastors were terminated by the local church each month, many without cause.
  • Over 3,500 people a day left the church last year.

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Hypocrisy and the Preacher

Hypocrisy and the Preacher

Guilty as charged.

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No minister is worthy of his calling.  Every preacher is vulnerable to the charge of hypocrisy. In fact, the more faithful a preacher is to the Word of God in his preaching, the more liable he is to the charge of hypocrisy.  Why?  Because the more faithful a man is to the Word of God, the higher the message is that he will preach.  The higher the message, the further he will be from obeying it himself.

From The Holiness of God by RC Sproul.

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Perverted Priorities

Perverted Priorities

The following is from the late David Wilkerson and spoke powerfully and directly to me today.  If you will take the time to read and reflect on his words, I believe it will speak to you also.

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Perverted Priorities

Christians who neglect prayer have perverted their priorities.  Many believers pledge to pray if and when they can find the time.  Yet each week, seeking Christ becomes less important to them than washing the car, cleaning the house, visiting friends, eating out, going shopping, watching sports events.  They simply don’t make time to pray.

People were no different in the days of Noah and Lot.  Their top priorities were eating and drinking, buying and selling, marrying, and caring for their families.  They had no time to listen to messages of God’s coming judgment.  And so no one was prepared when judgment fell!

Evidently, nothing has changed over the centuries.  For many Christians today, God remains at the bottom of the priority list; at the top are income, security, pleasure, family.

Beloved, the Lord does not want your leftovers— those little bits and pieces of time when you have only a moment to toss up a quick prayer request.  That isn’t a sacrifice of prayer.

The prophet Malachi writes: “If ye offer the blind for sacrifice, is it not evil?  And if ye offer the lame and sick, is it not evil?  Offer it now unto thy governor; will he be pleased with thee, or accept thy person? saith the Lord of hosts” (Malachi 1:8).

Malachi is saying, “You’re bringing just any old farm animals to sacrifice in God’s presence— careless, thoughtless, secondhand gifts.  Try giving those kinds of offerings to your governor and see what happens!”

God expected His people to go through their flocks carefully, examining every animal, and choosing the most perfect specimen for sacrifice to Him.  Likewise today, God expects the same from us.  He wants our quality time— unrushed.  And we are to make that time a priority!

I once met with the pastor of one of America’s largest churches.  This man was one of the busiest ministers I had ever seen.  He told me without apology, “I have no time to pray.”  Yet, what he really meant was, “I don’t give any priority to prayer.”  When I visited his church, I sensed no moving of God’s Spirit in the congregation.  In fact, it was one of the deadest churches I had ever preached in.  How could there be any life if the pastor didn’t pray?

No Christian will set aside time to pray unless it becomes his first priority in life—  above family, career, leisure time, everything. Otherwise, his sacrifice is perverted!

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Podcast 225:  The Consequences of Unbelief

Podcast 225: The Consequences of Unbelief

One of the most chilling verses in the book of Matthew is this:

Now He did not do many mighty works there because of their unbelief.

In this verse, the He is Jesus and the there is Nazareth and the truth is that because of their unbelief Jesus was not able to do what He wanted to do among those He loved.  He had to cut His revelation to them short because they would not receive what He was offering them.  And the results of their unbelief were damning.

Do you think you have ever walked in their shoes?  Probably so.

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Evangelical Self-Delusion

Evangelical Self-Delusion

The following is from RC Sproul, Jr and cuts me personally to the very core of my self-justifying, slothful life.  I hope it will do the same to you.  Read and be warned.

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Evangelical Self-Delusion

It is because we love the world so profoundly that we think we’re already being persecuted.  That is, we see ourselves as bold prophets confronting the sin of the world because we vote for candidate approved by the National Right to Life.  We watch pundits on CNN mock us.  We might even face a moment or two of awkwardness at work when word leaks out we’ve opposed to murdering babies.  We conflate having our feelings hurt with being burned at the stake.  We think that because we are, mostly secretly, part of that group the secular world thinks weird and mildly dangerous that we are Polycarp.

Of course the even more craven wing of the evangelical church only encourages this.  That there are those who profess to be evangelical who vote for Democrats is proof to us that we are the hard-core ones.  We are the bold, world-denying ones because we still have a Huckabee campaign sticker on our car.  The truth is we’re like those Nazi’s who wanted to oust Hitler because he was just crazy.  What they wanted was a more sane and reasonable Nazi regime.  We may be less of a problem than our brothers to our left, but we are still the problem.

This is one of the reasons why I strive to encourage people to go visit their local abortion mill.  We go of course to prophesy against those who work there, or those who are customers there, but more to come face to face with our own failures.  One cannot spend two hours outside the mill and come away thinking, “I need to work harder next election cycle to get the less pro-abortion guy into office.”  Instead one beats ones breast crying, “Lord, be merciful to me, a sinner.”  One comes away repentant.

What clued me in to this delusion, however, isn’t the abortion issue, but the homosexual marriage issue.  We have witnessed in less than half a decade a titanic propaganda triumph of the left.  Gay marriage has gone from a bizarre pipe dream among the fevered brow flouncers down at Queer Nation to a civil right.  Decent people who were naturally repulsed by the perverse assault that is gay behavior suddenly are made to feel like Bull Conner.  And if there’s one thing evangelical Christians can never abide it is being considered not nice.  Watching the rhetoric ratchet up even over the past few months I began to imagine the actual beginning of genuine persecution of the church.  They will not abide our conviction that they are in grave sin, so surely they will come after us.

Then I realized they will never catch us.  We are too good at retreating.  If for forty years we have failed to stand for the babies such that either they became protected by law, or we became martyred for our faith, then neither will this latest moral sexual atrocity cost us our comforts, our ease, our respect.  In five years there might be a few of us still talking among ourselves about what should be done about homosexual marriage.  We might have a few fringe ministries trying to scrape by and fight a battle the rest of us have forgotten.  But it will become as much as part of the landscape, and invisible to us as abortion has become – just a seedy reality we don’t approve of, but would rather not think about.

Of course we’ll still be busy growing “grace based” churches.  We’ll still hold conferences on living gospel-centric lives.  We’ll still write learned defenses of what Jesus actually said.  What we won’t do is depend on His grace, while repenting of our failure to call the world to repent, as Jesus told us to do.  And the world will know us for what we are, mildly annoying, but harmless.

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The Witness of the Spirit

The Witness of the Spirit

We are in danger of getting the barter spirit when we come to God, we want the witness before we have done what God tells us to do.  “Why does not God reveal Himself to me?”  He cannot; it is not that He will not, but He cannot, because you are in the road as long as you won’t abandon absolutely to Him.  Immediately you do, God witnesses to Himself; He cannot witness to you, but He witnesses instantly to His own nature in you.  If you had the witness before the reality, it would end in sentimental emotion.  Immediately you transact on the Redemption and stop the impertinence of debate, God gives you the witness.  As soon as you abandon reasoning and argument, God witnesses to what He has done, and you are amazed at your impertinence in having kept Him waiting.  If you are in debate as to whether God can deliver from sin, either let Him do it, or tell Him He cannot.  Do not quote this and that person, try Matthew 11:28, “Come unto Me.”  Come, if you are weary and heavy laden; ask if you know you are evil (Luke 11:13).

The simplicity that comes from our natural commonsense decisions is apt to be mistaken for the witness of the Spirit, but the Spirit witnesses only to His own nature and to the work of Redemption, never to our reason.  If we try to make Him witness to our reason, it is no wonder we are in darkness and perplexity.  Fling it all overboard, trust in God, and He will give the witness.

From Oswald Chambers

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The Sin that Makes God Cry

The Sin that Makes God Cry

Let me give it to you straight— no beating around the bush and no soft-pedaling.  The sin that makes God cry is being committed daily, not by pagan workers of iniquity but by multitudes of Christians— the sin of doubting God’s love for His children.

Do you think it makes God sound too human and vulnerable to say that He cries?  Then ask yourself how a God of love could not cry when His own people doubt His very nature. Jesus Christ was God in the flesh, and according to the book of John He wept when those closest to Him doubted His love and concern.  That was God incarnate at the tomb of Lazarus, crying over friends who failed to recognize who He was.

Time and time again Christ’s dearest associates on this earth doubted His love for them.  Think of the disciples in a storm-tossed boat that was taking on water.  Jesus was in the stern of the boat, sound asleep.  Fearing for their lives, His followers shook Him awake and then accused Him of outright unconcern.  “Master, carest thou not that we perish?” (Mark 4:38).  How their accusation must have grieved the Lord!  That was God Almighty in their boat! How could He not care?  But whenever men take their eyes off the Lord and concentrate instead on their circumstances, doubt always takes over.  Jesus was astounded!  “How can you be afraid when I am with you?  How can you question My love and care?”

Christians today grieve the Lord in this matter even more.  Our unbelief is a greater affront to Him than the unbelief of Mary, Martha, and all the disciples, for our sin is committed against greater light.  We stand on a higher mountain and see more than they could ever see.  We have a completed Bible with a full and detailed record of God’s trustworthiness.  We have the written testimonies of almost twenty centuries of Christians, generation after generation of godly fathers who have passed down to us unshakable proofs of God’s love.  And we have countless personal experiences that testify to God’s tender love and affection for us.

Let us look for His exceeding mercy and love, admit the sinfulness of our unbelief, and recognize who He is!

By David Wilkerson
(May 19, 1931 – April 27, 2011)

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In Honor of My "Short" Little Daughter

In Honor of My "Short" Little Daughter

This classic song, by Randy Newman, is in honor of Haley, my “short” little daughter.  I love you, girl!

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Short people got no reason
Short people got no reason
Short people got no reason
To live

They got little hands
Little eyes
They walk around
Tellin’ great big lies
They got little noses
And tiny little teeth
They wear platform shoes
On their nasty little feet

Well, I don’t want no short people
Don’t want no short people
Don’t want no short people
`Round here

Short people are just the same
As you and I
(A fool such as I)
All men are brothers
Until the day they die
(It’s a wonderful world)

Short people got nobody
Short people got nobody
Short people got nobody
To love

They got little baby legs
That stand so low
You got to pick em up
Just to say hello
They got little cars
That go beep, beep, beep
They got little voices
Goin’ peep, peep, peep
They got grubby little fingers
And dirty little minds
They’re gonna get you every time
Well, I don’t want no short people
Don’t want no short people
Don’t want no short people
‘Round here

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The Fellowship of the Unashamed

The Fellowship of the Unashamed

The following was written by a young man in Rwanda the night before he was murdered for his faith.  In 1980 he was forced to either renounce his faith in Christ or face death.  He chose the latter and was killed on the spot.  His final words, found nailed to a wall in his home, sums up his faith and life and defines the courage that marked the early church and is conspicuously missing today.  Read these words prayerfully and ask the Lord to move His church from lukewarmness to spiritual fervency.

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I am part of the Fellowship of the Unashamed.  I have the Holy Spirit power.  The dye has been cast. I have stepped over the line.  The decision has been made— I am a disciple of His.

I won’t look back, let up, slow down, back away, or be still.
My past is redeemed, my present makes sense, my future is secure.
I’m finished and done with low living, sight walking, smooth knees, colorless dreams, tame visions, worldly-talking, cheap giving, and dwarfed goals.

I no longer need pre-eminence, prosperity, position, promotions, plaudits, or popularity.
I don’t have to be right, first, tops, recognized, praised, regarded or rewarded.
I now live by faith, lean in His presence, walk by patience, am uplifted by prayer and I labor with power.
My face is set, my gait is fast, my goal is heaven, my road is narrow, my way is rough, my companions are few, my Guide is reliable, my mission is clear.

I cannot be bought, compromised, detoured, hired away, turned back, diluted, or delayed.
I will not flinch in the face of sacrifice, hesitate in the presence of the adversity, negotiate at the table of the enemy, pander at the pool of popularity, or meander in the maze of mediocrity.

I won’t give up, shut up, let up, until I have preached up, prayed up, paid up, stored up and stayed up for the cause of Christ.

I am a disciple of Jesus, I must go till He comes, give till I drop, preach till all know and work till He stops me.  And when He comes to claim His own, He’ll have no problems recognizing me.
My banner will be clear!

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