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The office of pastor is not one that is to be attained to lightly. If a man desire the office of bishop, he desireth a good work (1st Timothy 3:1). But what is required of such a one? In order to be called a bishop, one must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach...not a novice, lest being puffed up with pride he fall into the same condemnation as the devil. Moreover he must have a good testimony among those who are outside, lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil. (1st Timothy 3:2-7). And what is required of him once he takes to the office? Richard Baxter, from The Reformed Pastor:

The nature of our office requireth us to ‘take heed to the flock.’ What else are we overseers,  for “Bishop” is a title which intimates more of’ ‘labor than of honor,’ says Polydore Virgil.’ To be a bishop, or pastor, is not to be set up as an idol for the people to bow to, or as idle ‘slow bellies,’ to live to our fleshly delight and ease; but it is to be the guide of sinners to heaven. It is a sad case that men should be of a calling of which they know not the nature, and undertake they know not what.

If you miscarry, they and you may perish. You have a subtle enemy, and therefore you must be wise. You have a vigilant enemy, and therefore you must be vigilant. You have a malicious and violent and unwearied enemy, and therefore you must be resolute, courageous and indefatigable.

4 thoughts on “Quotes (560)

  1. americanconservative01 says:

    Nice quotes! I think that pastors in America today would do well to heed its advice. As Paul Washer has said, “Ministry is one of the biggest idols”.

    Baxter wrote that a preacher must be, “not a novice, lest being puffed up with pride he fall into the same condemnation as the devil.” Yet, today – so many pastors care more about their church attendance numbers than they do about God. They care more about preaching a popular message than about bringing sinners to Christ. They care more about bringing entertainment to church rather than letting the Holy Spirit bring real power to services.

    Teachers must be additionally careful, for they are preaching the Word of God, and must be exceedingly careful not to desecrate it. False teachers will be held to their lies on Judgment Day – for leading their flock poorly.

    Come to think of it – I think these warnings apply also to people like us who have blogs. Since we are proclaiming God’s Word, we must be very careful to preserve and interpret the Bible accurately. We must approach it with fear and trembling for our God is a Holy God and we must reverence His Word. Looking at your other posts – I see that God has given you wisdom and true understanding. Lots of edifying posts on your blog – thank you.

    Please check out my blog, if you have time: http://americanconservative01.wordpress.com/

    God bless.

  2. R. Kelley says:

    “The office of pastor is not one that is to be attained to lightly.”

    It is a gifting, not an office.
    You do not “attain” to it either.
    It is given so you can serve to equip the Body of Christ –
    not Lord over it.

  3. fourpointer says:

    R. Kelley,

    It is good to desire to be a bishop but, as you said, it is not something to be idolized, and it is not a thing to be lorded over others (see also 1st Peter 5:1-3). The word orego (“If a man desire the office of bishop…”) means “to stretch one’s self out in order to touch or to grasp something, to reach after or desire something,” and epithumeo (“…he desireth a good work”) means “to have a desire for, long for, to desire.”

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