There are a more pastors who are non-believers than people realize.
A friend of mine who went to seminary told me that he overhead other students say “there’s good money in the God business” quite often as their reason for being there.
It made him so disgusted that he basically doesn’t believe in having a professional paid clergy any more. He thinks it should all be voluntary.
The more “mainline” the Protestant denomination (United Methodist, United Presbyterian, ELCA Lutheran, Episcopal), the more likely the creature officiating the congregation is a fraud. My observation of the united Methodists is that somewhere between 25-50% of the clergy could not articulate their own faith being in accord with scriptures. A long time friend who is an Episcopal priest told me fewer than 5% of his fellow Episcopal priests are Christians.
For years before she was old enough to drive my daughter was the organist for an Episcopal parish. I came to the conclusion that the clergy of that denomination is simply the liturgical wing of the CPUSA.
Truthsearcher’s friend said:
“It made him so disgusted that he basically doesnt believe in having a professional paid clergy any more. He thinks it should all be voluntary.”
Too bad he thinks that way. The Apostle Paul disagrees with him: 1 Timothy 5:17-18. So does Jesus: Matthew 10:10.
Also, what makes him think “volunteer” preachers/teachers would be any better? Read the book of Numbers. Moses encountered plenty of volunteers for the position.