Devoted to the Propagation and Defense of New Testament Christianity
November 22, 1951

Some Preacher - "Don'ts"

A. H. Porterfield, Poplar Bluff, Missouri

Don't forget that preachers are no worse than others, but they are equally as human.

Don't lose confidence in preachers because they are human; they can't help that.

Don't forget that some preachers are good men, and deserve the best, but usually get less of it in this life.

Don't fail to support preachers well, if they are true to the Book; they need it and deserve it.

Don't support them but little, if any, unless they are true to the Book; they are dangerous.

Don't flatter preachers too much; they may be susceptible to flattery.

Don't spoil preachers by honoring them above their fellows; they may think they deserve it.

Don't give preachers too much authority; they may take it and more too.

Don't encourage them to be anything more or less than humble Christians; they may try it.

Don't ask them to preach anything the Lord does not want preached; they may do it.

Don't call them "doctor"; they may start practice on you and give you the fatal dose.

Don't call them "reverend"; you may fill them with "ego" and insult God.

Don't call them "pastor"; they are not "the pastor," unless you spell it p-a-s-t-u-r-e—something green, something upon which to feed other than the word.

Don't try to stop them from preaching the word, reproving, rebuking and exhorting; they may take you at your word, which would be disastrous to both of you.