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“They want to be teachers of the law, but they do not know what they are talking about or what they so confidently affirm.” (1 Timothy‬ ‭1‬:‭7‬ NIV)

In 2011,the Baltimore Sun ran a syndicated piece about atheists in the military that desired to become Athiest Chaplains. According to the writer, Captain Ryan Jean was “one of about a dozen military atheists that see the recognition of lay leaders as a step toward the appointment of ‘nonbelieving chaplains’, who would be responsible — like the priests, ministers, rabbis and imams now in uniform — for responding to the spiritual needs of service members.” Huh?!

As Paul wrote this verse, he was dealing with “religious leaders” who had no clue what they were talking about. Simply put, just because we have religious opinions does not mean we are scholars on the subject. Yet, many are fooled into false beliefs on the basis that someone makes a good argument. The Bible proves itself to be an authority because it’s been tested for years against the authenticity of history, doctrine, and practice. Yet many fall because of a desire for slick packaging over time-tested truth. 

One day there probably will be Athiest Chaplains and Athiest Churches, a misnomer that would leave us torn between despair and humor. People will get for themselves what they want, no matter how ridiculous it may sound. Come to church today and find out what God desires: The Truth that will set you free! You are loved today! Believe that!

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Dear brothers and sisters, not many of you should become teachers in the church, for we who teach will be judged more strictly.” (James‬ ‭3‬:‭1‬ NLT)

A few years ago I was reading a newspaper article about an ordination group that a reporter was investigating. Turns out that for $100, you could be become an ordained minister through their group, even receive a religious doctorate degree! So he sent in the money and signed his cat’s name to it, just to see if it worked. Sure enough, Whiskers became the Reverend Doctor Whiskers overnight! Sad, but true.

But a piece of paper does not a minister make. Just as some people fail at being a chef, a teacher, or a beautician, some fail at ministry too, simply because they went after it for the wrong reason. The ministry is a wonderful calling, but it’s a path filled with a lot of hard work, frustration, and responsibility. In the end, we are accountable to God for what we did with our calling.

As today is National Pastors Appreciation Day, be sure to let your Pastors know that you are grateful for what they do. If you are a Pastor, don’t stop being God’s gracious hand to His own needy people. And if you feel called to minister, let a Pastor lead you to a better-than-mail order way to Shepherding! You are loved today! See you at church!