Some confessions for pastors from Words to Winners of Souls:
of zeal in speaking against malignants, sectarians, and other scandalous
persons; and unfaithfulness therein. Not studying to know the particular
condition of the souls of the people, that we may speak to them accordingly;
nor keeping a particular record thereof, though convinced of the usefulness of
this. Not carefully choosing what may be most profitable and edifying; and want
of wisdom in application to the several conditions of souls; not so
careful to bring home the point by application as to find Out the doctrine, nor
speaking the same with that reverence which becomes His word and message.
whereon we have something to say, rather than those suited to the conditions of
souls and times, and frequent preaching of the same things, that we may not be
put to the pains of new study. Such a way of reading, preaching and prayer as
puts us in these duties farther from God. Too soon satisfied in the discharge
of duties, and holding off challenges of conscience with excuses. Indulging the
body, and wasting much time idly. Too much eyeing our own credit and applause;
and being pleased with it when we get it, and unsatisfied when it is wanting.
Timorousness in delivering God's message; letting people die in reigning sins
without warning. Studying the discharge of duties rather to free ourselves from
censure than to approve ourselves to God.
"Not making all the
counsel of God known to His people; and particularly, not giving testimony in
times of defection. Not studying to profit by our own doctrine, nor the
doctrine of others. For most part, preaching as if we ourselves were not
concerned in the message which we carry to the people. Not rejoicing at the
conversion of sinners, but content with the unthriving of the Lord's work amongst
His people, as suiting best with our minds; fearing, if they should thrive
better, we should be more put to it, and less esteemed of by them -- many, in
preaching and practice, bearing down the power of godliness. We preach not as
be ore God, but as to men; as doth appear by the different pains in our
preparation to speak to our ordinary hearers and to others to whom we would
Darren Carlson is the Founder and President of Training Leaders International. As President, Darren oversees the general direction of the ministry and serves as an advocate for pastors with little access to formal training and thoughtful cross-cultural theological engagement. You can connect with him on Facebook and Twitter.