Main Source of Pastoral Depression

I’ve been around Christians plenty. Here’s a thing I have observed:

The “Christians” with the most problems in life also have a tendency to take sin very lightly. When they tell their tale of woe, they appear as the only innocent party involved. Yet they are always trying new things and reading a new book and going here and there to take care of their problems. Expending energy to deal with the fruit of their sin while maintaining their innocence.

It’s a mind-boggling thing and I’ve seen it a lot. Never once do they see their own sin and, if by chance they do see it for a second, never seem to correlate their sin with their results. They excel at the inability to correlate present action with future results.

If they simply got real with their sin, humbled themselves for a second so they might be taught, and then sought God for the answer to the problems their sins have produced, they’d get somewhere.

Instead they keep running around, tossed about with every wind of doctrine, ever learning but never coming to the truth. This, however, is not unique to Christianity.

“Yet thou sayest, ‘Because I am innocent, surely his anger shall turn from me.’ Behold, I will plead with thee, because thou sayest, ‘I have not sinned.’Why gaddest thou about so much to change thy way?”

They maintain innocence because they aren’t getting judged, meanwhile there is whining about all the problems they have and all their proposed solutions. Guess what? All your solutions will fail until you come to God.

It’s sad. You can’t make people come to God. They have to go. One of the main sources of pastoral depression is the ability to see solutions that no one wants. Not content with life? Main reason is because you’re not listening to God.

“If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.”

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