Minister is a Verb

The word “Minister” is a verb, first and foremost. If you accept the title of Minister, your focus from that point on should be on helping people & taking action to help people. No where in the New Testament will you find Jesus telling people to pray for wealth & fame, or to seek it. Old Testament prophets never said God called upon believers to donate to enrich the prophets. The institutional church and televangelist preachers’ focus on growth & material success while they ignore ministering to people is hypocrisy of the highest order.

In short, if you claim to be a Christian, follow Jesus, not Paul or any preacher. Read the books Radical by David Platt and The Atheist Christian by Craig Groeschel for more on this topic.

(Yes,  I am aware that “Minister” is often used as a noun, a title of office. My point here is that any title means you are allowed, authorized and expected to do the work that goes with the title. While it feels good to have a title, if you are not doing the work, it is a hollow thing, worthless or close to it.)

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About Tim Gatewood

55+, male, widowed (May 2016). Mobile notary public and signing agent, freelance writer, and ordained minister. Science fiction and fantasy fan, willing servant to cats, avid reader and collector of books and other stuff. Please see my websites (including this blog and others) for more info on me and what I think about the issues of the day.
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