John Calvin On Pastors

By pastorbillwalden

These are some of John Calvin’s comments from 1 Timothy 5:13: “And besides they learn [to be] idle, wandering about from house to house, and not only idle but also gossips and busybodies, saying things which they ought not.”  

“For none are more exposed to slanders and insults than godly teachers. This comes not only from the difficulty of their duties, which are so great that sometimes they sink under them, or stagger or halt or take a false step, so that wicked men find many occasions of finding fault with them; but added to that, even when they do all their duties correctly and commit not even the smallest error, they never avoid a thousand criticisms. It is indeed a trick of Satan to estrange men from their ministers so as gradually to bring their teaching into contempt. In this way not only is wrong done to innocent people whose reputation is undeservedly injured, but the authority of God’s holy teaching is diminished.”

“The more sincerely any pastor strives to further Christ’s kingdom, the more he is loaded with spite, the more fierce do the attacks upon him become. And not only so, but as soon as any charge is made against ministers of the Word, it is believed as surely and firmly as if it had been already proved. This happens not only because a higher standard of integrity is required from them, but because Satan makes most people, in fact nearly everyone, over credulous so that without investigation, they eagerly condemn their pastors whose good name they ought to be defending.”

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…this is such a sad commentary…
…praying for you and for all pastors to be given the honor their position deserves… especially from those in their own congregation!

Thus the need for thick skin in the ministry, complete confidence as to ones call to preach and one must be as Godly example as possible in private as well as public to keep the venom to a minimum. Jesus Himself was slandered and misunderstood right after doing miracles and preaching His very “words that shall not pass away”, people complained, murmured and misunderstood even Him. Having said that, if one is called to preach, with the tools available today and proven godly examples of anointed preaching, there is no excuse to preach a lousy, rambled, disjointed, pointless, weak sermon which feeds whiners. I guess for a leader, it goes with the territory and one must stay the course despite the bitter naysayers. We live in a world full of critics, we see and hear it everywhere. To escape it, one should read the scriptures to rise above it all and breath heavenly air. Love you Bill. Keep up your great work and example.

Pastor Bill:

1 Thessalonians 5:12-13
12 And we urge you, brethren, to recognize those who labor among you, and are over you in the Lord and admonish you,
13 and to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake. Be at peace among yourselves.

My prayer for you is that this scripture be lived out in the body of Christ. For we should honor to whom honor is due.

May the Lord our God be your shield, your rock, your defense, your high tower, that ever present help in time on need.

With love and respect,

Thanks for the kind words guys.
A pastor friend of mine is in the midst of going through this, and another pastor sent this to encourage him.
I thought it was worthy of posting here.
Personally, I feel surrounded by great people and a great church.

Blessings all….

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