One cause of trouble in the leaderships of little church groups

Sin in High Places: An Interview with Carl Trueman, Part 2, has been posted by Martin Downes on his blog Against Heresies.

Carl Trueman believes that PRIDE is at the root of many ministerial and elder problems that we see in the church. Here is a short quote:

Their desire is not to teach but to be teachers. There is an important difference here: their focus is on their own status, not on the words they proclaim. At most, the latter are merely instrumental to getting them status and boosting their careers.

Thus, what concerns me most is that students may simply desire to be teachers. If that is their motivation, then they have already abandoned a pure heart, a good conscience, and a sincere faith, and their theology, no matter how orthodox, is just a means to an end and no sound thing.

Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned:
From which some having swerved have turned aside unto vain jangling;
Desiring to be teachers of the law; understanding neither what they say, nor whereof they affirm.
– I Timothy 1:5-7

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