Spineless Pastors Afraid To Take A Stand

By Chuck Baldwin

I am constantly asked, “Chuck, why don’t pastors take a stand and speak out?” I’ve been a pastor most of my adult life. I believe I am qualified to answer that question. Here is the stark reality: the vast majority of pastors today are “success” oriented. Beginning in Bible College or seminary, and continuing throughout a pastor’s ministerial life, the emphasis is success. And that means church growth, larger congregations, bigger buildings, bigger offerings, burgeoning statistics, greater notoriety, denominational praise, invitations to speak at conferences, applause from fellow ministers, not to mention the financial perks and benefits that come with pastoring a “successful” church.

And the way to learn how to build a successful church is to learn from those who have done it. Pastors regularly attend church growth conferences to learn from the “big” church pastors on how it’s done. They purchase books, magazines, newsletters, etc., that are all geared towards telling pastors how to build a successful church. They are constantly being schooled in the latest and greatest “how to” strategies of church growth and success. This usually entails more and more sophisticated programs, music, sound, lighting, atmosphere, classes, seminars, organization, etc. Everything, and I mean everything, is geared toward success as described in the aforementioned paragraph.

Most pastors today are in reality not spiritual shepherds as much as they are corporate CEOs. The same mentality, philosophy, and strategy that drive corporate boardrooms also drive the boardrooms of modern churches–to a tee. Pastors act like CEOs, dress like CEOs, talk like CEOs, manage like CEOs, and think like CEOs.

Dare I say that even the way pastors and churches cater, and “reach out,” and “minister,” etc., has mostly to do with “good business.” Church members are babied and pacified and stroked and petted and fawned-over because it is “good business.” Today’s Christians are so spoiled and petted that any dereliction or lack of attention by a pastor, church, or staff usually results in them “moving their letter” down the street to a place that will more readily cater to their temperamental demands.

Have you not noticed how most pastors spiritualize away the great examples of Bible heroism and defiance against tyranny and despotism? Ask them point blank about Daniel and the lion’s den or the three Hebrew children in the burning fiery furnace or Queen Esther or scores and scores of other acts of defiance lauded in Holy Writ and they will say, “That was another time.” Or, they might say, “This shows God’s great deliverance and protection.” But the overriding principle that drove the great heroes of the faith to challenge and defy evil government is never even acknowledged, much less addressed.

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3 Responses to Spineless Pastors Afraid To Take A Stand

  1. Pat Stinson February 15, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    You certainly speak the truth. Sadly, churches are becoming social clubs. I was a stock broker for and manager for many years and the main thing we were told in Leadership meetings was to make sure we were members of a local church and to make sure our brokers attended local churches and patronized local business all for the good of our business. This was good advice certainly if the broker came away with Jesus in his heart and set a good example for family. But, for the greater number it became a way to find business. God’s greatest commandment is to have no other gods before him and love only him and love your neighbor as yourself. If you have two coats give away one to someone that does not have one. Now the god in charge is greed and certainly is worshipped as surely as the Golden Calf was worshipped. We have slipped away in this era of political correctness not to offend anyone and to accept any aberration of the Bible that we think we can tweak to make sure the breaking of the Ten Commandments is acceptable.

  2. William M. Vawter February 15, 2014 at 10:37 pm

    Many are so paranoid about their tax exempt status. “If” a pastor has true “faith”, NOTHING, can stand in the way of sharing the truth! Praise God there are still some that have that kind of faith.
    Pastor Bill, Biker Church, Huntsville, AL.

  3. William M. Vawter February 15, 2014 at 10:44 pm

    Ouch! I am not Pastor Bill but the way the comment posted looks that way. Pastor Bill Jorgensen is the Pastor of Biker Church.


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