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In writing this post, I am in no way attacking Pastors and Seminarians who worked very hard.   I know and have been shaped by men in the ministry and men in Seminary who are incredibly hard working.  But I write this to address the lazy ones.  Especially the ones who get money from churches.  This is for you.

The Apostle Paul’s teaching in the Epistles have somethings to say that is antithetical to the lazy Pastor and Seminarians:

“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men,” (Colossians 3:23)

“It is the hard-working farmer who ought to have the first share of the crops.” (2 Timothy 2:6)

“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved,[c] a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15)

“preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching.” (2 Timothy 4:2)

“Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity, and sound speech that cannot be condemned, so that an opponent may be put to shame, having nothing evil to say about us.” (Titus 2:7-8)

“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” (Galatians 6:9)

“Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord.” (Romans 12:11)

(Note: All verses are from the English Standard Version)

Some of those exhortation are for believers in general but some of them are from the Pastoral Epistles.  In all cases they should have some bearing on the men who are in ministry and those who are in Seminary.

Just so you know: I can’t stand lazy pastors and lazy Seminarians.  

No one respect a lazy cop or firefighter.  Churches that tolerate such nonsense reveal how little they value the Gospel.  Ministry is not a pity case of charity for a religious weirdo.  I would rather be a janitor for the rest of my life and do free full time ministry and die young from being overworked rather than allow God’s name to be slandered when people think ministry is a swindling operation for the lazy whose only calling in life is a calling to do nothing during the week.

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