By Jeff Larson, The Back Pew
“The minister’s role is not to make people feel comfortable in the padded pews. He is not there to pander to the petty preferences of the parishioners. He is there to proclaim the whole counsel of God. He is there to declare eternal truth. He is there to call men and women to Christ.
“Far too many contemporary Christian churches and mission organizations do not seek for such leadership. Instead, they place undue importance upon personal charm, eloquent speech, academic credentials, or organizational ability. It is almost as if they were advertising for a business executive to run a commercial corporation rather than searching for God’s spokesman…
“The end result may well be a slick and smooth success by worldly standards, but this does not mean that the great purposes of God for His people have been achieved.”
-W. Phillip Keller in Predators in Our Pulpits