Once again I heard some “Christian” college folks joking about a local Seminary near us saying something to the effect, ‘wonder how all those guys at the cemetery are doing in classes today.’
Of course, I could not help myself so I went over to the table and asked them if they had ever read 2 Timothy 2:15 KJV Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. These are the first group that Whitefield speaks of in his quote, faithful, upright, trained ministers of the Holy Word
Why is this so important? Think on the alternative in what Whitefield says in the latter. Basically, God would be entrusting folks to unregenerate preachers. From Paul’s text above we see the opposite in what John writes 1 John 2:17-19, And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth forever. 18 Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time. 19 They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us. Do you see it? John knowing that since Christ’s ascension we were basically living in the ends times (awaiting His return) says; ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists. Where are these frauds of the faith going to come from? From within the church, They went out from us, but they were not of us. These are the great pretenders, untrained, unfaithful, ministers of God’s Holy Word. They rely on feeling from the Hoooooly Spirit to guide them through a worship service and Shepard their flock.
The world does not need pulpits filled with preachers willing to tickle itchy ears 2 Timothy 4:3-4, For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; 4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. It needs pulpits as described by George Whitefield below: