Tried By A Committee? Or Tried By Christ? (By Pastor Dan Betzer)

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Tried By A Committee? Or Tried By Christ? (By Pastor Dan Betzer)

By Daniel Kolenda   /     Mar 30, 2010  /     Articles, Devotional, Teachings  /  

2 Cor. 4:9 Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;

Let’s think about committees for a moment. Although I am on more committees than I can probably name off the top of my head, I view them all with suspicion. Why? Because committees tend to operate by consensus, which is all-too-often a barrier against inspiration. Let’s face it: committees are known to make mistakes. Case in point: When Oswald J. Smith died in his late 90’s, Billy Graham preached his funeral and told the large, assembled crowd, “We are here to honor the greatest missionary mind of the 20th century.” Yet, when Smith, in his early 20’s, applied to his denomination for missions appointment, that committee rejected him out-of-hand, reporting, “Sorry, you are not missions material!” All of watching Heaven must have greeted that decision with a resounding, “HA!”

Who has ever been a greater preacher than G. Campbell Morgan? Yet, at age 25, when he made application to his denomination for ordination, they denied him, saying, “You show no promise for preaching.” Well, that’s what the committee said. Here’s what history records: Morgan linked arms with D. L. Moody and preached across England. The church he pastored in England, Westminster Chapel, was peerless among congregations of that day. Later, Morgan came to America where he pastored other historic churches. When asked his secret, he replied, “Work. Hard work. And again….hard work.” He was called to his last pastorate when he was 72! He retired at 80. G. Campbell Morgan passed away in 1945. What a preacher! What a man of God! What a powerful force for all eternity! Yet an ecclesiastical committee rejected him completely. You see, he didn’t fit their guidelines.

I have learned in all these decades of ministry not to be too concerned by any critic who doesn’t have nail prints in his hands. When I need mid-course correction, the One with the prints will do it. If He wants to reward me, that will be His option. Not some committee’s prerogative.

Prayer: O God, don’t let pride fill my heart when I am appreciated, but, on the other hand, don’t let me fall apart when I’m not. My allegiance is to You, not some sociological group. I thank You for Your support. Amen.

By Pastor Dan Betzer of First Assembly of God, Ft. Myers, Florida
Original Source:
http://pastorbetzersblog.com/?p=85

3 Comments

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    Ehonam Says: July 21, 2011 8:55 am

    O God, don’t let pride fill my heart when I am appreciated, but, on the other hand, don’t let me fall apart when I’m not. My allegiance is to You, not some sociological group. I thank You for Your support. Amen.

    God bless you abundantly!
    I am sensing a growing desire to preach so i want to enter the pastoral ministry. Church comittee is trying to discourage me but i am sure that my happiness and fulfillment in my destiny in Christ is to preach the gospel. And this desire is growing continually during last years. I seek the triumph and with God’s grace, He’ll grant it to me! Amen!

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    Candice Says: April 1, 2010 3:27 am

    Jesus loves you ! I love you too! No matter what the world consider us, we just need the God knows us. Halliluja! God be with you!

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    Ross Says: March 31, 2010 8:25 am

    Daniel Glory to God, God has strengthened me with this post. I am in the same situation, but I know that the call for souls burn within me, and my compromise with God and with men. God be praised. I feel strongly the call of an evangelist for Africa, but I do not know what to do. Do not know anyone and no one got God and he gave me a vision … million souls for Christ! Pray x me and I pray for you. God bless you.

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