David F. Wells is explaining how evangelical theology has been reshaped in the western culture in “No Place for the Truth”. While reading the book I have run across a very interesting sentence which seems to really pinpoint the very sad state of some churches in East Tennessee and America.
Dr. Wells explains how Christian ministry and the role of the pastor has been radically redefined. The pastor used to be a theologian in the study and a shepherd in the pulpit but instead “in the study, the evangelical pastor is now the C.E.O.; in the pulpit, the pastor is a psychologist whose task it is to engineer good relations and warm feelings.” (pg. 177) This sentence provides great insight into the current state of evangelicalism and especially the pastors who are supposed to be shepherding the flock. This reminds me of Zechariah 11:15-17 where the LORD warns the worthless shepherd to care for the perishing, seek the scattered, and not to leave the flock. The modern pastor who behaves like a C.E.O. and psychologist does not care for the perishing, seek the scattered, and actually leaves the flock. The pastor should not be a C.E.O. but should be a shepherd who cares and tends for the church body by diligently studying the word of God. Ezekiel 33:6-9 provides a specific warning for the pastor who does not act like the watchman and warn the sinner of the consequences of their actions. If the watchman/pastor does not warn them of the coming judgement then not only will the sinner die but their blood will be required of the pastor. The pastor is not here to simply make sure that people have warm feelings or good relations but to deliver the message that God revealed through the scriptures. The shepherd’s diligent study should lead to a clear explanation of the message God has revealed through the scriptures to the church. May our pastors not act like a C.E.O. or psychologist but as a shepherd and watchman.
Pray for your pastor that he would be diligent to study the scriptures and clearly proclaim God’s message to the church.