Recently I read a news story about pastors who have been led into atheism. These are all evangelical men, some with more than 20 years of experience in the pulpit. They’ve turned to a belief that God does not exist. It was a disturbing article, and I will not try to share much of it here on this page.
There is among us a prevalent manipulation that is relentlessly reaching out for us in order to destroy our faith. This force has an ally; and this ally is resident in us. My flesh becomes the connection that Satan needs to link with– to make it work. The Bible calls this residing connection, ‘the old man’.
Some of the ‘brothers’ who now walk in apostasy to the Faith still remain in ministry. Even though they don’t believe anymore, they continue to preach and counsel their congregations. Many will only speak out under the condition of anonymity.
One in particular said it was somewhat difficult to continue to work in the ministry. “But I just look at it as a job and do what I’m supposed to do,” he said. “I’ve done it for years.”
This pastor said, that when speaking to parishioners, he tried to stick to the sections of the Bible that he still believed in — the parts about being a good person. Many pastors say that they would like to leave their jobs but they can’t afford to.
Please someone, and correct me if I’m wrong, but doesn’t the Bible speak of shepherds and hired men? Some who are called by God, and others who do it for money? Does this disturb anyone but me?
“He flees because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep.”
These ‘pastors’ and their issues of faith are all on the heart of God. He loves these men. His Son died for them. They are precious. But they make an effort to conceal themselves, in order that they will continue to receive the wages/benefits they’ve become accustomed to.
When I was ordained into the ministry, it came with the provision that if I could not remain faithful that I was obligated to ‘step down’. It was as much a decision to be faithful as it was for empowerment from above. If I should ever become conflicted, I would voluntarily stop and step down. It was part of the ‘package’. It came with that understanding.
So much confusion, but that is characteristic of the times in which we live. Our shepherds are an increasingly an influential part of our lives in these last days. They guide and preach the Word to us.
Perhaps, we have not prayed for them like we should.
As a result they’ve become casualties.
There is a desperate need for us to take the darkness seriously. It has a pulling power to reach us and latch upon us. It opens its mouth to swallow us into a perpetual night. Everything that strays end up in its oversight. The thing that saves us is the presence of Jesus. His hand on our lives removes us out of Satan’s claim.
Darkness has an incredibly sweet allure. It has a power that is beyond our comprehension. It seems to want to enhance us. It causes us to think that we are immune or superior to the things God has commanded. The sky is the limit, and we press into even more foolishness. But truth does not come to those who trade salvation for more darkness.
P.S. The story that ‘got me going’ is found here.
- Satan Wants You To Think He Loves You And That God Is The One That Hates You (dailyaspects.wordpress.com)
- Is the Church on Earth during the Tribulation? (calvinistview.com)
- The Work of the Pastor (Book Review) (hillsbiblechurch.org)