Calvin says something about this which, frankly, seems both true and unique (meaning I’ve never heard it put in such a way before) –
It is not enough that pastors be respected, if they are not also loved; for both are necessary to make the doctrine they preach be fully relished.
What Calvin means, in more modern language, is that if Pastors aren’t loved as well as respected, their preaching will not have the desired effect. How true.
And I would go on to add- if Pastors don’t love their church as well as respect its members, their preaching will have no effect at all.
Tagged: Religion and Spirituality