Last weekend, Pastor Lee Young-hoon of Yoido Full Gospel Church, the president of the Korean Federation of Churches, made a determined and bitter remark at the ‘National Vision Club June Service’. It is through a sermon titled ‘Salt and Light’. He met with a government official, and he said, “Why are there so many ‘buying’ pastors and pseudo-pastors in the church world?” There was no one-on-one meeting, but it was said that around 500 religious figures gathered at the ‘Presidential Election Celebration Meeting’ held last year at a hotel that even the winner did not know.

Pastor Lee said, “There are 300 denominations scattered around, and more than 80% of them are running uninhabited seminaries. People who were expelled from orthodox denominations appear after being ordained as pastors in other places within a year. It is a pinch of the uncomfortable reality in which pastors with ‘four’ characters are being mass-produced. The pastor and elders who were listening were embarrassed at first, but applause broke out starting with someone.

In a situation where the wave of homosexuality that has accelerated the decline of churches in Europe and the United States covers Korea and the riots of heresies such as Shincheonji are intensifying, it is lamentation and a sense of crisis over the fact that pastors who should unite Korean churches and lead society are engaged in politics. all. An elder from the national prayer breakfast meeting who sat next to me said, “You have to love Jesus and use money, but there are not a few people who love money and use Jesus.” ” he said. It has been a while since the bitter self-condemnation that there are few seminaries that train true pastors, and only theological factories that produce pastors스포츠토토.

For me, who grew up with my mother’s faith, the pastor was a spiritual being who couldn’t even step on a shadow. About 30 years ago, a church elder who had been working as a professor at a local private university, a relatively stable job, quit his professorship and started a rural church to become a pastor. A college friend who got a job at the largest airline in Korea told me that he was leaving the company one day to go on a missionary trip to a remote area in Southeast Asia. He said it was to fulfill the calling given by God. A friend from college suddenly got a fatal illness, and after he got a new life, he thought he had to live for God. I have seen many people who turned away from God and pursued the pleasures of the world, broke down and became sick, realized God’s will, and returned as servants of the Lord. Because there were pastors who shunned the riches and glory of the world, chose the thorny path of their own accord, and obeyed the Lord’s word, there must have been many believers who followed them and kept their faith.

However, among the pastors who came to the Religious Affairs Bureau after decades and met, there are some pastors who do not know whether they are servants of the Lord or ‘criminals’ who set an example for the world. There are people who show up after receiving the ordination of a pastor because things are not going well while running a business, and there seem to be pastors and elders whose personalities and character are no better than those of the world. The intolerant and hypocritical appearances of some pastors and Christians cause even believers to stumble.

Jesus lamented that he had driven out the merchants from the temple in Jerusalem and said that my house would be a house of prayer, but you have made it a den of robbers (Mt 21:12-13, Lk 19:45-46). Can there be a future for the church only when the pastor who is supposed to teach the truth and salvation gains a high position and only pays attention to collecting wealth?

In our society, there are many tasks to be solved, such as low birth rate, homosexuality, and climate crisis. In the past, Christians were at the center of solving difficult problems and leading society. Pastors were objects of respect. However, from some point on, the church has changed to a target that needs to be criticized and purified, instead of exerting a good influence on society and playing the role of light and salt. It’s unfortunate.

Tim Keller, in ‘Answer to Christianity’ (original title: Making Sense of GOD ), said that in order to missionarily face the de-Christianizing West, the laity must integrate faith and work. Discipleship is not confined to private life, but must spread to public life. It is that non-believers should be able to see the difference in daily life that faith produces.

It was also said that the Christian gospel makes people free from selfishness and self-righteousness and serve others like Jesus, who gave himself up for his enemies (‘Tim Keller’s center treatment’). It is to show how the gospel changes everything. It is a word that pastors and Christians living in an era where Christianity is ridiculed and despised must be engraved once again.

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