I once participated in a very interesting conversation. A group of sixteen evangelical pastors, who believed the Bible and had good ministries, discussed something you seldom hear pastors discuss. They discussed their doubts: questions about their faith, their ministries, and their careers.
One man said, "The story of Job ticks me off. Oh, sure, Job gets his money back, and God gives him a new family. But once you lose a child, you never replace that child. The fact that Job lost his entire family because of some cosmic argument between God and Satanin which Job was the pawnmakes me angry."
Another pastor said, "When I read the Book of Jeremiah, I get depressed, frustrated, and discouraged. After all, here's a man who gave years of his life to God, and from a human standard, he never experienced success."
Still another pastor said, "I was in a church for ten years; the church was growing; it was prospering. Six months before I resigned, the chairman of the board of deacons came to me and said, 'My goal is to get you out of here.' When I resigned, that same man said, 'I will give you credit for one thing: you're a man of integrity. You have always spoken the truth, and you could have split the church over what has happened in the last few months. But you didn't do it, because you were a man of integrity.' That happened two years ago," he said. "Since then, I have sent out resumés and interviewed, but not one church has invited me as a candidate. I'm angry that I'm out of work for being a man of integrity."
One man offered consolation: "Isn't it encouraging to know that when we go through hardship and trial it's because God thinks of us as a special people who can handle the situation?" Someone replied, ...
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