Q. Where in the Bible can I find answers to why so many ministers today are going through so many trials and road blocks as they try to preach the Gospel and lead their churches? Isn’t there a verse that talks about the trials and testing we go through the closer our walk is with Christ?
A. The Bible warns all of us to be on guard against attack (John 16:33, 1 Peter 4:12-19, Ephes. 6:10-18, etc.) and pastors are especially vulnerable. The enemy knows the time is short and is engaged in a full blown attack against the Church. Pastors are in the front lines and according to surveys are being taken out at the rate of three each week in the US. Those who remain true to God’s word will likely experience attacks in the form of dwindling financial resources, personal betrayals by the people closest to them, and sexual temptation. Any Pastor who doesn’t have constant prayer cover is at risk. There’s no group in the Church today who needs our prayers more.