Are we “grievious obstructions”?

My friend Scott Maxwell did me a great favor when he put into my hands the little gem entitled Words to Winners of Souls by Horatius Bonar. Following is what’s floating around in my head today:

A man may be free from all scandal either in creed or conduct, and yet may be a most grievious obstruction in the way of all spiritual good to his people. He may be a dry and empty cistern, not withstanding his orthodoxy. He may be freezing or blasting life at the very time he is speaking of the way of life. He may be repelling men from the cross even when he is in words proclaiming it. He may be standing between his flock and the blessing even when he is, in outward form, lifting up hands to bless them. The same words that from warm lips would drop as the rain, or distill as the dew, fall from his lips as the snow or hail, chilling all spiritual warmth and blighting all spiritual life. How many souls have been lost for want of earnestness, want of solemnity, want of love in the preacher, even when the words uttered were precious and true!(pg. 4).

2 responses to this post.

  1. Good one . . . very convicting.

  2. Posted by Caleb on August 26, 2006 at 9:21 pm


    Very convicting and a great reminder to all pastors…

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