Saturday, July 30, 2011

Feed The Sheep

I started reading this book a few days ago by William Still called The Work of the Pastor. William Still was ministry of Gilcomston South Church in Aberdeen Scotland for over 50 years, from 1945 until shortly before his death in 1997. In the first chapter, he is making a plea to pastors to preach the Word and feed the sheep of God. The pastor is to be an evangelist, but the evangelism comes from the consistent preaching of God's Word. Amid this admonition, he says some very strong words that I found somewhat amusing.
"If you think you are called to keep a largely worldly organization, miscalled a church, going, with infinitesimal doses of innocuous sub-Christian drugs or stimulants, then the only help I can give you is to advise you to give up the hope of the ministry and go and be a street scavenger; a far healthier and more godly job, keeping the streets tidy, than cluttering the church with a lot of worldly claptrap in the delusion that you are doing a job for God. The pastor is called to feed the sheep, even if the sheep do not want to be fed. He is certainly not to become an entertainer of goats. Let goats entertain goats, and let them do it out in goatland. You will certainly not turn goats into sheep by pandering to their goatishness. Do we really believe that the Word of God, by His Spirit, changes, as well as maddens men? If we do, to be evangelists and pastors, feeders of sheep, we must be men of the Word of God" (23)
Love it! Let them do it out in goatland!

What do you think? What do you want from your pastor?

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