Pastor wanted?

These are some of the worrying responses I have received over the years.

o X o

We urgently need a pastor!

Oh? I am available!

Well that is nice in itself, but because you have had your training with another denomination, we cannot make use your services.

o X o

We urgently need a pastor!

Oh? I am available!

Yes, but you’ve already passed 65!
In our churches, the pastors have long since retired at your age!

o X o

We urgently need a pastor!

Oh? I am available!

Yes, but you have already had a heart attack and later a cardiac arrest, you have difficulty walking and have asthma and diabetes. I think we better look at someone with a better health.

o X o

We urgently need a pastor!

Oh? I am available!

Yes, but I have heard sermons from you.
You’re way too … well let me put it this way … way too old-fashioned.
You see homosexuality as a sin, and you take the Bible way too literally, our assembly sees all of this much more broadly. You really don’t have to stick to everything that has been written so precisely.

Well, sin remains sin in God’s eyes, no matter what kind of label you choose to put on it, and people who sin (we all do) need to repent!

o X o

We urgently need a pastor!

Oh? I am available!

Yes, but you keep pushing on far too much about the need of repentance, dying to your own self and sin, and living a holy life according to God’s will. If you were to become our pastor, there would not be any church member left.

o X o

We urgently need a pastor!

Oh? I am available!

That will be difficult for you because …
▪︎ You are too Calvinistic for a Pentecostal Church.
▪︎ You are too Reformed for a Full Gospel Church. (Now absorbed into the Pentecostal churches)
▪︎ You are too Evangelical for a Reformed Church
▪︎ You stick too rigidly to the Bible for the Protestant Churches
▪︎ Your message is too powerful for the Baptist churches
I don’t think you will be welcomed anywhere.

After many years, at least the last comment still turns out to be the truth.

But what am I supposed to do?
I have no choice!
I see millions being lost worldwide!
And then if I know where to find salvation, what kind of an inhuman being would I be, if I kept my mouth shut, while watching them facing their eternal destruction?

If I’m not welcome anywhere, then I will tell it to the people via the internet (where I notice through blockages and censorship that His Word is also not welcome).

Sometimes I wonder what the churches would do if Jesus would come to them and told them that He was available for them?

  • Would they tell Him to go because He doesn’t have the papers from their academy?
  • Would they tell Him to go because He is to old by now?
  • Would they tell Him to go because His message is the same, but sounds different from what they are used to hear?
  • Or would they too, like the people in Nazareth, try to push Him of the cliff?

Just think about this.

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