Unholy Ministers - by Thomas Brooks (1608-1680)Pastoral Theology and Expository Preaching Articles
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“Watch your life and doctrine closely.” 1 Timothy 4:16
Heavenly doctrines should always be adorned with a heavenly life.
Ministers must preach Christ as well in their life—as in their doctrine. They must not be hot in the pulpit, and cold and careless in their lives. The lives of ministers oftentimes convince more strongly than their words; their tongues may persuade—but their lives command.
What is it, which renders the things of God so contemptuous and odious in the eyes of many people—but the ignorance, looseness, profaneness, and worldliness of those who are the dispensers of them. Unholy ministers pull down instead of building up. Oh the souls who their lives destroy! These, by their loose lives, lead their flocks to hell—where they themselves must lie lowermost!
Wicked ministers do more hurt by their lives—than they do good by their doctrine. Every minister’s life should be a commentary upon Christ’s life!
“Be an example to all believers in what you teach, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity.” 1 Timothy 4:12