[quote=Catholic4aReasn]A slight digression in another thread got me thinking. Are all pastors who believe themselves called by God to be a pastor truly called by God to be a pastor?
It would seem that these same people who believe they were called by God to be pastors also believe they are lead by God as to what to preach to their congregations. However, different pastors preach different, conflicting and contradictory things. We know that God can’t contradict himself, so these conflicting and contradictory teachings aren’t from God at all which means that at least SOME of what SOME pastors are preaching is wrong.
That being said, if pastors can be wrong about what they are preaching, mistakenly believing it’s from God, could some pastors be wrong about actually being pastors, not having been called by God at all for that vocation?
What do you think?
There are several possibilities.
1)God called them
2)God didn’t call them
3)God called them and they didn’t realize it
4)God called them and they refused to admit it
5)God didn’t call them and they thought He did
etc, etc, etc.
In the Baptist churches I know, there are two offices for being called by God. One is a “preacher”. The other is “ordained preacher”. The “preacher” is allowed to evangelize and teach. The “ordained preacher” is allowed to perform marriages and pastor churches. That’s how the rules applied in the particular church I was in when I considered being a “preacher”. I was well versed in Scripture and felt able to teach and preach the gospel.
Now, the requirements for each would be different. The “preacher” didn’t have to have any formal training. There would be a “questioning phase” by the elders or deacons of the church to determine the ability of the inquirer. The “ordained preacher” would be expected to have some formal education at a Baptist seminary. And, of course, he too would undergo scrutiny and questioning to determine his knowledge and maturity.
However, I know many preachers who were simply “called” by God and became preachers at a young age. I know personally a young man who was ordained at 16 years old without formal training and pastored a church. Of course, as always, the deacons control and guide the congregation, so it’s not a chaotic scenario as one might expect.
Maybe all this was off topic. Maybe it wasn’t off topic. I thought I would give you some personal background which can be used as a foundation for understanding being “called” by God.
Hope it helps.