Dr. Richard Hitt
Titus 2:6 “Young men likewise exhort to be sober minded.”
Many dangers lurk before a man when he is willing to accept a call to the gospel ministry on the basis of subjective experience only. The call to the gospel ministry requires a passion that fuels the intentions of man.
A subjective experience is no sure proof of the Lord's will. The Lord has nowhere promised to speak to us except through the inspired and all-adequate Scriptures. When and as soon as we drift away from the preserved Word of God, then we have no way to know and ascertain the source of our thoughts and ambitions.
To oversee the ship of a local church is an ambition, a godly ambition, and one should approach it with fear and trembling. The pitfalls are many. And the most common is mere subjectivity, what I think, and that without reference to the Scriptures, to what the church thinks and everything else.
If you are to decide by your own feelings and sentiments, then you have landed yourself in the quicksand of deceitfulness. "The heart is deceitful above all things." What you approve of by yourself and on your own authority is probably what the Lord is opposed to. Subjectivity turns a deaf ear to the Word, and it is to the Word that the Christian is bound.
Otherwise there will be anarchy in the church, and everyone will feel free to start his own little empire, in total disregard to how the Lord is working around him. If we are to decide by subjectivity, then Moses and Jeremiah, to name only two of the most stalwart ambassadors of God, would never have been prophets. Their inward feelings, and their strong convictions, were, "Lord, I don't want to be a prophet; I am young; I am unable to speak; send someone else."
It is ironic that most of the time, those who are really called from above are reluctant to accept, and those who are never called by God want to run and engage in their free-lance enterprises.
Subjectivity as the arbiter not only denigrates the ultimate authority of the Scriptures but also despises the church of God, and is a potential threat to the unity of the local church. Again, subjectivity is variable. What we feel strongly about today might change easily by tomorrow. And what will be my hold and stay in the days of trouble and testing? We need young men who long to serve God with genuine concern, a rock solid commitment an undying compassion and a calling they do not hang up on! We need a few good men, who love God, love the King James Bible and who love souls. We need young men who will fight for what is right, stand against the wiles of the devil and preach the gospel of Jesus Christ. We need young men who will pay the price, claim God’s promises and practice what they preach. We need young men who will find and do God’s will, who will walk the walk and talk the talk, and win the lost to Jesus Christ. We need young men with something permanent and unchangeable, and that is afforded by none else but the sure Word of God.
Those who are coming behind us older preachers must adopt the compassion, the determination and the fire that has kept our Baptist heritage alive and well.
1 John 2:13-14 “I write unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I write unto you, young men, because ye have overcome the wicked one. I write unto you, little children, because ye have known the Father. I have written unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I have written unto you, young men, because ye are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wicked one. “
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