Monday, 23 June 2008

Q & A - The Definition of A Hireling

"Can you name even one current or former wcg minister who was not a hireling, in your opinion? "

Firstly, I don't have an opinion about who is a hireling. All I do is examined the definition and described the behaviour of a hireling as defined in the bible, and then see whose behaviour fits the definition. Now to answer your question. Regrettably, all the ministers I have known and worked with, behaviour fits the definition of a hireling. The bible describes the behaviour of a hireling thus: "But he that is a hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, sees the wolf coming, and leaves the sheep, and flees: and the wolf catches them, and scatters the the sheep"(John 10:12). Now all we have to do to determine which ministers are hirelings, is to see who ran away and who didn't. All the ministers, including local elders, in the UK left the flock and ran away to join UCG, hoping that the flock would follow after them. Not one of them stood up at the lectern, and told the brethren not to drink the spiritual poison Mr. Tkach was feeding the sheep. They simply placed their financial security before the spiritual welfare of God's people, for whom Christ died.

However, knowing the terror of the Lord, I shudder to think of of the consequences of their betrayal of God's people. For I know him, who says, "Judgment is mine says the Lord, I will repay."

John's narrative continues: "The hireling flees, because he is a hireling, and cares not for the sheep." In other words, the hireling is in it for the money. His love for the sheep is just a pretense!

So all the sermons these men gave about love and concern for God's people were nothing but "hogwash," to use the vulgar term. They were all hirelings, motivated by money and power.

That is not how the Apostles behaved. In the midst of savage, brutal and cruel persecutions, they didn't fail to preach the gospel of man's salvation, and lay down their lives for the people of God. And their heroic deeds, which has won them praises even amongst those who are unwilling or unable to imitate them, they attributed to the grace of God, which made them fearless in the presence of their insane and malevolent enemies.

If you know any ministers that spoke out against Tkach's heresy, because their primary concern was the spiritual welfare of God's elect, please let me have their names?