Pastors Hating on the Church

Interesting comments by Mark Galli from the National Pastor’s Convention in San Deigo where many attendees apparently spent much of their time bashing the church. Now I’ll be the first one to admit that “this job would be great if it wasn’t for the people” (that’s a joke, everyone) but isn’t a big part of our calling to minister to the saints? And if so, then aren’t we supposed to do it even when it’s difficult? I know, I know, we all need to let off steam, and where better to do it than around others who know what you’re going through? But when we let off steam, we have to reach the point where we let it go and dive back in to the fray without bitterness or disappointment.

As Michael Bird put it:

…there is a danger that the rhetoric of our criticisms become excessive simply in order to validate our egos, propitiate our hurt, and parade our own vision for how it should be. For instance, imagine you went up to your best friend’s fiance and called her a “a lazy, stupid, whore”. No matter what she had done wrong, your best friend is probably gonna be pretty ticked off at you. What’s that mean? Well, the Church is the Bride of Christ, hardly sinless and not yet perfect by any stretch, but remember, when you slag her off, you’re insulting Jesus’ fiance. Keep that in mind next time any of us say, “The Church is so …”.

Pastoral church-bashing bothers me. This is why I am not part of any pastoral fellowship group because often such groups are little more than excuses to sit around (usually at a restaurant) and knocking your church and the people you are supposed to love and care for. I have better and more important things to do.

Now it’s coming from those who think they can do church better those of us who are more traditional in our approach to church and ministry, like these NPC types. It bothers me especially when I see videos like the one I posted a few weeks ago here with pseudo-“pastor” Perry Noble chewing out his members because they expect him to act like a pastor or when I read “missional” types who mock those pastors who care for their flock by referring to them as “chaplains.”

Maybe these hipsters should close their macs, clean their librarian glasses, and actually read what their Bibles say about the work of the pastor (as opposed to reading them looking for verses to support their cockamamy notions of “missional transformation,” whatever that means, and other non-biblical nonsense).

This would be infinitely more profitable for the pastor and his people than hanging out in coffee shops and trimming your soul patch.

I’m just sayin’.

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About Michael R. Jones

Pastor and PhD candidate writing on Paul's theology of suffering.
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