Here’s my point so far:
Now, upon summing my point I see I come across very arrogant. Well, there’s a fine line between faith and arrogance.
The critique that would arise now would be: if talking is what causes division shouldn’t the most vocal people shut up? Since pastors are the most vocal people in the church shouldn’t they shut up first?
Those who are gifted and biblically qualified should preach the word in season and out. (Notice in the list of qualifications linked to above in Titus 1 that one of the jobs of a pastor is to shut people up.)
This does not mean pastors should not be tested, questioned or challenged. Pastors are fallible and human. You will not get to heaven because you agree with a guy on everything.
At the same time, you are just as fallible and human as a pastor. Pastors are generally challenged on everything from the content of a sermon, the length of their prayers, the type of car they drive, the house they live in, the clothes their wife wears, etc. We don’t need to go out of our way to find challenges. They show up quite frequently. Comes with the territory.
Challenging pastors is not in short supply. Which is why I, a pastor, have ceased trying to fight on everything. I will never win in the arena of human opinion. Which is why I stand firm in my convictions before God and do my best to not get hot and bothered by people.
I’ve learned to discern who wants truth and who wants dialogue for the sake of yakking. Not interested. Just not. Edifying people with my words is what I desire to do and I have gotten better finding out who wants edifying and who just wants to tear down.
So, this brings my point to a full close for today. All a thought process kicked off by an observation about funeral messages. He who glories let him glory in the Lord. I desire to preach nothing but Christ and Him crucified. Amen.