Scooped: Porn and Paper Pastors

My wife totally scooped me on her blog. I had bookmarked this post about Porn and Paper Pastors and was intending to write some brief thoughts about it, but she beat me to it!

Excerpt from the Pyro article (some line breaks eliminated for space):

…this post is not about pornography, men, women, nor marriage. It is about people with paper pastors…[They] attend a church-physically. They come in, they sit down. They sing, they may give financially. They may look at you, Pastor, as you preach. But you know their heart belongs to another.

Their real pastor isn’t you. It’s Dave Hunt. Or it’s John Piper. Or it’s John MacArthur, or Ligon Duncan, or Mark Dever, or David Cloud, or Joel Osteen. Or it’s Charles Spurgeon, or D. M. Lloyd-Jones, or J. C. Ryle. Or Calvin, or Luther, or Bahnsen, or de Mar, or R. B. Thieme, or J. Vernon McGee.

And they’re such better pastors than you are! You know they are! Why?

I’ll also add in other paper pastors like R.C. Sproul, Michael Horton, Cornelius Van Til, Doug Wilson, Rob Bell, and even C.S. Lewis. Bloggers certainly apply, too (though technically they aren’t “paper” pastors).

I was convicted, humbled, and encouraged to better appreciate and pray for the flesh-and-blood pastor(s) God has put in my life.

There was also an older post that I recommend: Why you need to be in a church this Sunday.

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