Daily Archives: 12 May 2019
A person is qualified to preach only if called of God to do it.
A person is unqualified to preach only if not called of God to do it.
I ask all good Christians to lend their aid and earnestly petition God, that His divine grace would ward off the devil and turn away His wrath from us. For the peasants have become so deeply and firmly hardened in their madness that they neither see nor hear, and neither preaching nor writing does any good; God alone must help, otherwise our action and advice will never bring any end to the misery.
It is no longer the time for preaching, but time for praying; the wrath has begun, and we must ward it off with prayer, as Aaron warded off the [plague] with his censer [cf. Num. 16:46]. I also ask the lords and government for two things.
First, if they win and conquer, I ask that they not be presumptuous about it, but fear God, in whose eyes they, too, are thoroughly culpable. For God does not give them the victory because they are so pious and righteous, but (as Moses says to the children of Israel concerning the godless [Deut. 9:4]) in order that God may punish the peasants’ disobedience and blasphemy, together with all their other sins. Second, I ask that they be lenient to the prisoners and those who surrender, as God is merciful to everyone who surrenders and humbles himself before Him. — Martin Luther
Master Philip examined a student in Anthony Lauterbach’s home. He was a schoolmaster in Stargard, and when he answered thoughtlessly Philip said, “Do not answer so abruptly and burst out so heedlessly, for there are more things we do not know than there are things we know.” — Martin Luther, Table Talk.
But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away! (2 Tim. 3:1-5)
If she is called to preach, she should do it. If she isn’t called to preach then it doesn’t matter what her celebrity Christian author status is, she shouldn’t do it.
Absent divine appointment, no one should stand in a pulpit.
One of the problems with today’s church is self appointed preachers. These people are always wolves in sheep’s clothing.
Divine calling is the only legitimate reason for preaching. Period. Full stop. Celebrity standing notwithstanding.
And it also makes me pensive concerning those whose experience with their mother’s wasn’t exactly memorable for any positive reason.
What are people to make of Mother’s Day- a day honoring dear old mom, when mom was mommy dearest? Are the children of alcoholic and abusive mothers supposed to be glad that mom was a massive failure?
Mother’s Day is, for a lot of people, just a painful reminder of their own childhood- when mother would rather drink and carouse than care for her children.
To be sure, a good mother is a treasure. But by the same token, a bad mother is a curse. And in spite of Hallmark’s dizzying fixation on the glories of motherhood it must, it has to be said, that not all moms can be called mothers.
So on Mother’s Day, to those of you who have had the great fortune of having Mothers worthy of the name, have a great day and be very, very thankful. To those of you who had or have the misfortune of drawing a woman without any true mothering instincts, my most heartfelt condolences.
- ‘Mother’ – 240x
- ‘Father’ – 943x
- ‘Hell’ -32x
- ‘Heaven’ – 532x
- ‘God’ – 4394x
- ‘Sin’ – 446x
- ‘Man’ – 2081x
- ‘Woman’ – 395x