It has been a great blessing in my life to know and be under the authority of
Pastors, who understood and lived out their call. This little gem was at the end of a "servanthood class" lesson on blbi.org
"In 1877 in his Yale lectures, Phillips Brooks said,
'Courage is an indispensable requisite of any true ministry. If you
are afraid of men and a slave to their opinion, go and do
something else. Go make shoes to fit them. Go even and paint
pictures you know are bad but will suit their bad taste. But do not
keep on, all of your life, preaching sermons which shall not say
what God sent you to declare, but what they hire you to say. Be
courageous. Be independent.'"
Just want to thank God that the Pastors that I know are, called of God, and
are faithful to their call. They speak the word of God and are not being
led about by the fear of man.
This call to be faithful to our Lord and friend,
Jesus, to be courageous in our witness is for all of us, but I am blessed
to have been taught and shown "how to do it" by loving, courageous pastors.